Milos Forman's creative 1979 adaptation of the Broadway musical Hair may play like a nostalgia piece, but its assessment of such perennial issues as class, war, sexuality, race, responsibility, patriotism, and loyalty make it as contemporary as last week's hot indie flick. Claude (Jon Savage), a backwoods Oklahoma youth, arrives in New York City with two days to kill before answering his draft summons. While wandering through Central Park, he meets a group of ne'er-do-well hippies (Treat Williams, Annie Golden, Dorsey Wright, Don Dacus) who offer to show him the town and encourage him to pursue a high-society debutante (Beverly D'Angelo). While the singing and dancing dominates the movie (and it's outstanding stuff), the culture clash that underlies the story creates an intriguing narrative direction not found in many musicals, and the conclusion is so poignant it could have been scripted by O. Henry. Songs include "The Age of Aquarius," "Manchester, England," and "Let the Sunshine In." Choreographed by Twyla Tharp, musical performances by Nell Carter, Melba Moore, and many others. Excellent transfer from a pristine source print, new DD 5.1 mix, poster gallery, trailer.
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