“God is alive and well and living in a sugar cube.”
A deaf-mute runaway (Susan Strasberg), hoping to find her missing brother (Bruce Dern) in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, becomes immersed in a crazy scene of drugs, sex, and rock n’ roll.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Bruce Dern Films
- Dean Stockwell Films
- Jack Nicholson Films
- Susan Strasberg Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
The “Flower Power” era of 1960s Haight-Ashbury — complete with acid rock, bad trips, tie-dye clothing, hip lingo, and “free love” — comes roaring to colorful life in this “energetic” exploitation film, which Peary refers to as “the best of all the biker and drug films that AIP produced during the era”.
Its success is largely due to a sensitive performance by Strasberg, who “was never so appealing”.
Meanwhile, Bruce Dern as Strasberg’s “raving lunatic” brother:
… and Dean Stockwell as an acid freak:
… are both memorable in supporting roles.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Susan Strasberg as Jenny
- Exciting on-location footage in 1960s San Francisco (shot by DP Laszlo Kovacs)
Yes, for Strasberg’s performance, and as an all-around “good show”.