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PSYCH-OUT

title: PSYCH-OUT
year: 1968
cast: Susan Strasberg, Jack Nicholson, Adam Roarke, Max Julien, Bruce Dern, Dean Stockwell, Henry Jaglom, Gary Kent
rating: ***1/2

Susan Strasberg, a passive deaf girl hiding out in San Fransisco, happens upon a hopeful rock band consisting of Jack Nicholson, Adam Roarke and Max Julien. Other classic actors include Bruce Dern as Strasberg's troubled brother and Dean Stockwell as a "wise" hippie, reminding Jack, who wants his group to make it, how shallow money and success are. While the songs by the fictional band "Mumblin' Jim" are awful, filler tunes by The Grass Roots and Strawberry Alarm Clock are nice. But the genuine appeal is the direction by Richard Rush, carrying things at an active pace, especially the "peak" as Strassberg takes bad STP and (in her mind) is stalked by flames.
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