Psych-Out (1968)





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Jennie (Susan Strasberg) travels to San Francisco to locate her hippie brother Steve (Bruce Dern). She meets Stoney (Jack Nicholson) in a coffeehouse and he helps her look for Steve, who Stoney has seen in his various attempts to start a rock & roll band. Stoney and his pals transform the square girl into a swinging hippie chick, complete with a mod miniskirt. Along with their buddy Dave (Dean Stockwell), they search for Steve amidst the psychedelic splendor of the Haight-Ashbury hippie haunts. … More

Rating: Unrated (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: E. Hunter Willett, Betty Ulius, Betty Tusher
On DVD: Jun 7, 1988
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Critic Reviews for Psych-Out

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[Director Richard] Rush appreciates the energy and the idealism of the culture at its best while acknowledging contradictions in the individuals within.

Full Review… | March 14, 2015
Parallax View

Richard Rush's inventive camera revels in all countercultural fauna and flora

Full Review… | September 30, 2011

August 21, 2005

Full Review… | November 20, 2003
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Psych-Out


This is an excellent psychedelic drama movie, it's very exciting, and it has a great cast. It's a great movie, and I highly recommend it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

how can you not love this? a spaced-out trip filmed on location by laszlo kovacs during the height of the haight-ashbury scene in full psychedelic color, starring a young ponytailed, bass-playing Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Susan Strasberg and Dean Stockwell, all produced by Dick Clark himself, and the music! Once again, Jack Nicholson shows off his flair for perfectly capturing the essence of modern culture on film. Experience the true hippie scene as the wildness it truly was.

Jonathan H

A nice little bit of 60s nostalgia with a whose who of future stars from the Roger Corman school. This is Hippie culture at its most....Hippiesque, and it fits that this is on a double feature with THE TRIP, because the two movies go hand in hand.

Keith Munden

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