Opened: March 14, 1979
Starring: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D’Angelo, Annie Golden, Dorsey Wright, Don Dacus, Nell Carter, Cheryl Barnes, Richard Bright, Ellen Foley, Miles Chapin, Charlotte Rae, Laurie Beechman, Nicholas Ray, Michael Jeter & Renn Woods
Though the stage musical is hard to picture onscreen, director Miloš Forman and screenwriter Michael Weller had a strong vision that changes the storyline a bit but makes for a compelling film.
Claude Hooper Bukowski (John Savage) is in New York City for a few days before he heads to training for the Vietnam War. He meets a group of hippies led by Berger (Treat Williams) and falls for a girl named Sheila (Beverly D’Angelo), all of whom will change his life.
Right from the start, there are changes to the stage show, including both Claude and Sheila not being part of the tribe. Die hard fans of the musical may be turned off but with a majority of the score in tact, it still has the spirit.
Final say: A revolution. ★★★★☆