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Hair (1979)

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Milos Forman's film adaptation of the popular, controversial Broadway musical Hair has dated somewhat, yet it remains an effective evocation of the hippie movement of the late '60s. The story centers on a reserved Midwesterner (John Savage) who joins a pack of hippies in Central Park on his way to joining the Army. Primarily, the film stands on the success of its musical numbers, which were choreographed by Twyla Tharp and sung by vocalists like Ellen Foley, Ronnie Dyson, Nell Carter and Melba Moore.

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Cast

Annie Golden
as Jeannie
John Savage
as Claude Bukowski
Cheryl Barnes
as Hud's fiancee
Nicholas Ray
as The General
Charlotte Rae
as Party Guest
Fern Tailer
as Sheila's Mother
Charles Deney
as Sheila's Father
Herman Meckler
as Sheila's Uncle
Agness Breen
as Sheila's Aunt
Antonia Rey
as Berger's Mother
George J. Manos
as Berger's Father
Linda Surh
as Vietnamese Girl
Joe Acord
as Claude's Father
Janet York
as Prison Psychiatrist
Rahsaan Curry
as Lafayette Jr.
Harry Gittleson
as The Judge
Steve Massicotte
as Barracks Officer
Mario Nelson
as Barracks Officer
Ben Wood
as `Aquarius' Soloist
Jane Booke
as Debutante
Suki Love
as Debutante
Ren Woods
as 'Aquarius' soloist
Toney Watkins
as Colored Spade / Ain't Got No
Carl Hall
as Colored Spade
Howard Porter
as Colored Spade
Nell Carter
as Ain't Got No / White Boys
Kurt Yahjian
as Ain't Got No
Leata Galloway
as Electric Blues
Cyrena Lomba
as Electric Blues
Ron Young
as Old Fashioned Melody
Laurie Beechman
as Black Boys
Debi Dye
as Black Boys
Ellen Foley
as Black Boys
John Maestro
as Black Boys
Fred Ferrara
as Black Boys
Grand L. Bush
as "Flesh Failures"
Jim Rosica
as Black Boys
Trudy Perkins
as White Boys
Chuck Patterson
as White Boys
Douglas Berring
as White Boys
Russell Costen
as White Boys
Kenny Brawner
as White Boys
Lee E. Wells
as White Boys
Melba Moore
as '3-5-0-0' Soloist
Ronnie Dyson
as '3-5-0-0' Soloist
Tom Rawe
as Dancer
Pat Benoye
as Dancer
Ron Dunham
as Dancer
Ken Gildin
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Hair

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (1)

Milos Forman's movie version of Hair is every bit as exhilarating and exciting as the original play. What's more, Forman has managed to recreate with amazing accuracy the rebellious mood and irreverent spirit of those confusing times.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It's the songs that make this film worth watching. Without them, it's a pretty uneven narrative that can be awfully slow at times.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Milos Forman's screen version of the landmark musical production is uneven, though there's no doubt it would have been better received had been made earlier, during the Vietnam War.

Full Review… | July 6, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Hair benefited from the creative freedom of '70s cinema...at its best when it's most creatively subversive... [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | June 28, 2011
Groucho Reviews

With the possible exception of A Hard Day's Night, it gets my vote as the all-time best rock film.

Full Review… | June 13, 2011
Creative Loafing

My best performance as a movie star...if you can find me!

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

Audience Reviews for Hair

½

The movie is uneven and seems like it was made about ten years too late (while today it feels dated), but it is made worth it by its songs, its irreverence in the way it wants to capture the free spirit of those rebellious times and its timeless message in favor of peace.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

When the film first debuted I wouldn't go see it: "Yet another ploy by The Man to hijack The Movement!" Now, years later, much less militant (still don't trust The Pigs!), and I discover simply a film about some conflicting attitudes at the time put to creative song and dance ... The Movement got hijacked by Walmart, cable TV, and Colonel Sanders; and the war machine ...? Its gone, right? Or at least balanced. Maintained. But we're here about the movies, right? So maybe this one's still relevant.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Although this musical was about 10 years late in being adapted to film, it brings you back the 60s to any audience. Fantastic musical, I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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