Strawberry Statement

Strawberry Statement

Director: Stuart Hagmann

Cast: Bruce Davison, Kim Darby, James Coco

     
 

This film is based on the James Simon Kunen book about student unrest on the Columbia University campus. Simon (Bruce Davison) joins the campus protest movement to socialize with the various hippie girls. When a violent police assault breaks up the protest, Simon's thoughts quickly turn from female infatuation to more important social causes. He becomes active in… See more details below

Overview

This film is based on the James Simon Kunen book about student unrest on the Columbia University campus. Simon (Bruce Davison) joins the campus protest movement to socialize with the various hippie girls. When a violent police assault breaks up the protest, Simon's thoughts quickly turn from female infatuation to more important social causes. He becomes active in protests against the Vietnam War, police brutality, student's rights and the draft. He is branded a Communist and becomes part of the great worldwide social revolution of his times. Music from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Thunderclap Newman, Richard Strauss and John Lennon accurately reflect the turbulent times in which the film was released. Bud Cort, James Coco, and Kim Darby star in this uneven political drama.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Strawberry Statement is a well-intentioned mess of a movie. As drama, it's pretty hopeless, featuring a trite screenplay rife with stereotypes posing as characters and a plot that casts motivation and reality to the wind in favor of "big" moments that are supposed to be full of meaning but ring totally hollow. Stuart Hagmann's direction is haphazard, rarely intent on anything more than getting from one sequence to the next, and not always succeeding terribly well at that. Yet there is a strange appeal about Strawberry, largely because it does do a decent job of capturing part of what made the 1960s such a strange and fascinating decade. While its heart is certainly with the student "radicals," it does manage to convey the fact that the reasons some of these youths were involved in the "movement" had less to do with political convictions than with wanting to belong to the new thing or wanting to get laid. Strawberry also boasts a great soundtrack, mostly by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and a compelling and -- given the material with which he had to work -- surprisingly complex performance from Bruce Davison. This helps matters tremendously, but ultimately Strawberry is more interesting as a cultural artifact than as a film.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2012
UPC:
0883316289716
Original Release:
1970
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
3:32:00
Sales rank:
28,161

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Davison Simon
Kim Darby Linda
James Coco Grocer
Murray MacLeod George
Bob Benjamin Man
Michael Margotta Swatch
Danny Goldman Charlie
Kristina Holland Irma
Eddra Gale Dean's Secretary
Israel Horovitz Benton
Carol Bagdasarian Telephone Girl
Bob Balaban Elliot, the Organizer
Jeannie Berlin Clipboard Girl
Booker Bradshaw Lucas
Bud Cort Elliot, the Coxswain
David Dukes Guard
Tom Foral Coach
James Simon Kunen Chairman
Andrew Parks Student
Bert Remsen Policeman
Kristina Van Buren Filing Room Girl
Jon Hill Actor
Joe Quinn Professor
Ed Greenberg Bearded Leader
Debbie Muller Student Speaker
Bruce Neckels Student Speaker
Robin Menken Guerilla Theatre Troupe
Christopher Pray Guerilla Theatre Troupe
Henry Leff Police Inspector
Pat Rooney Red Mountain Jug Band
King Moody Television Newscaster
Margo Winkler Woman
Ruth Silveira Woman
Julie Payne Woman
Paul Willson Guerilla Theatre Troupe

Technical Credits
Stuart Hagmann Director
Preston Ames Art Director
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Norman Burza Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Cash Makeup
Robert Chartoff Producer
George W. Davis Art Director
Joe Day Special Effects
Marjorie Fowler Editor
Ian Freebairn-Smith Score Composer
Israel Horovitz Screenwriter
Al Jennings Asst. Director
Michael D. Margulies Camera Operator
Franklin E. Milton Sound/Sound Designer
Charles R. Pierce Set Decoration/Design
Ricky Roberts Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger J. Roth Editor
Buffy Sainte-Marie Score Composer
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
Harry W. Tetrick Sound/Sound Designer
Irwin Winkler Producer
Ralph A. Woolsey Cinematographer
Neil Young Score Composer

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