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The Trip(1967)

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While filming on location at a California beach, TV commercial director Paul Groves is chided by his estranged wife, Sally, for failing to appear to sign their separation papers. Cracking under the pressures of his personal and professional life, Paul asks his friend John, a guru, to guide him through his first LSD trip. After stopping off at a psychedelic nightclub and attending a freak-out at the weirdly appointed pad of a pusher named Max, the two men go to John's place where Paul begins his trip. At first, it is cool and serene, full of brilliant colors and idyllic landscapes. Gradually, however, Sally and the seductive Glenn, a blonde Paul met at Max's, enter Paul's hallucinations, and his journey becomes a phantasmagoria of sexual encounters, medieval rites, and paranoic visions in which he assumes the guilt of mankind. Despite Paul's plea for an antidote, John persuades him to "go with it," and the nightmare progresses to a point where Paul attends his own funeral. Although this episode should be the breakthrough, the trip continues as Paul "sees" John, his head bashed in, slumped lifeless in a chair. Fleeing from the apartment, Paul wanders in a daze about the city until Max sends him to Glenn's beachhouse where he is taken through the final phase of his trip during a sexual experience. When it is finally over, Paul believes he has died, been reborn, and is now standing on the threshold of a new life. Glenn, however, warns him ominously--"It's easy now. Wait until tomorrow."