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Getting Straight Details


"Movies like Getting Straight are ceasing to be tolerable" complained one conservative movie magazine of 1970. Today, the once-relevant but now merely entertaining Getting Straight is not only tolerable, but downright user-friendly. Elliot Gould plays a Vietnam vet who decides to attend college after his tour of duty. Though much too old and worldly to truly fit in with the naive flower-power generation, Gould becomes swept up in the various activist movements on campus. The leading character's crisis of conscience concerns his field of study: he wants to be a teacher for idealistic reasons, while his Establishment professors try to convince him that it's just another job, and hardly the best one at that. He finally chooses which side he's on while attempting to act as a mediator between students and faculty during a campus riot. Candice Bergen plays Gould's girlfriend, while Robert F. Lyons steals every scene he's in as a draft dodger who'll go to any lengths to avoid military service. Getting Straight represents the final screen appearance of Cecil Kellaway, here cast as a hidebound tenured professor. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Elliott Gould
as Harry Bailey
Candice Bergen
as Jan
Robert F. Lyons
as Nick
Jeff Corey
as Dr. Willhunt
Cecil Kellaway
as Dr. Kasper
Jon Lormer
as Vandenburg
William Bramley
as Wade Linden
Jeannie Berlin
as Judy Kramer
John Rubinstein
as Herbert
Richard Anders
as Dr. Greengrass
Brenda Sykes
as Luan
Jenny Sullivan
as Sheila
Gregory Sierra
as Garcia
Billie Bird
as Landlady
Irene Tedrow
as Mrs. Stebbins
Harrison Ford
as Jake
Irene Tedrow
as Mrs. Stebbins


Richard Rush
Richard Rush
Paul Lewis
Ken Kolb
Book Author
Robert Kaufman
Laszlo Kovacs
Ronald Stein
Composer (Music Score)
Maury Winetrobe
Edward Parker
Set Designer
Gene Ashman
Costume Designer
Arthur Piantadosi
Sound/Sound Designer
Les Fresholtz
Sound/Sound Designer
Howard W. Koch
First Assistant Director
Chuck Bail