Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1970. Cannon Group, The D.C. Company. Screenplay by Norman Wexler. Cinematography by John G. Avildsen. Produced by David Gil. Music by Bobby Scott. Costume Design by Andrew Kay. Film Editing by George T. Norris. Academy Awards 1970.
This interesting, grungy little drama captures the frustrations of regular middle-aged folks and their reactions to the hippie movement of the sixties and seventies. Peter Boyle plays an incredibly angry bar patron whose railing against overly liberal youth attracts the attentions of a businessman (Dennis Patrick) whose young daughter (Susan Sarandon in her film debut) is also one of the ‘enemy’. The two of them go on a little journey into the world of teenagers, taking advantage of its plus sides while continuing their attitude of disdain, the end result being a tragedy that costs Patrick more than he is willing to sacrifice. Sarandon is fantastic as the naive girl, and though the production is ragged to look at, it features an intelligent screenplay and a strong lead performance by Boyle. The debut directorial effort by John G. Avildsen (Rocky).