Getting Straight


2h 5m 1970

Brief Synopsis

A graduate student must choose between his former activism and the preservation of his academic career when violence breaks out on campus.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Political
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 13 May 1970
Production Company
The Organization
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States
Location
Lake Community College, Oregon, USA
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Getting Straight by Ken Kolb (Philadelphia, 1967).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

Civil rights activist and Vietnam veteran Harry Bailey returns to college after six years to obtain a master's degree leading to a teaching certificate. Despite his conflicts with computer-oriented department chairman Wilhunt, who opposes Harry's romantic dedication to teaching, Harry is assigned to teach remedial English. Although black militant Ellis presses Harry to participate in student protests, he refuses. Among Harry's sexual partners are his students, black coeds, and his steady girl friend Jan. Upon enlisting in the marines Harry's former friend Nick reveals to Wilhunt that he has taken Harry's exams, thereby jeopardizing the graduate student's academic future. When riots break out on campus Harry is recruited as an unwilling student liaison by college president Vandenburg. He later submits to an oral examination before a professorial panel. During the test Harry disputes an examiner's homosexual interpretation of The Great Gatsby , in refutation dancing obscenely on the seminar table, denouncing the panel, and passionately kissing the pedant. Having thus ended his academic career, Harry rushes into the corridor, where he joins Ellis and Jan in a student riot.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Political
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 13 May 1970
Production Company
The Organization
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United States
Location
Lake Community College, Oregon, USA
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Getting Straight by Ken Kolb (Philadelphia, 1967).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

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Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed at Lake Community College, Oregon.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States June 1970

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1970

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1970

Released in United States June 1970