Picks and Pans Review: Hair

updated 04/16/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/16/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST

Okay, so the Age of Aquarius is a little aged, and Let the Sun Shine In got more airplay than it deserved even back in 1969. Still, the stage play makes for a fresh, fun movie. The songs (cleverer than most Broadway numbers) and Twyla Tharp's wonderful choreography have been smoothly integrated into visually striking scenes. The story is also better developed. John (The Deer Hunter) Savage is a draftee from Oklahoma looking for a good time in New York before induction. He runs into a crowd of freaks, falls in love with a high-class chick (Beverly D'Angelo, from Every Which Way but Loose) and, of course, gets turned on. He goes off to the Army, anyway, and when Treat (The Ritz) Williams, Don Dacus of the rock group Chicago, Annie Golden (of punk's the Shirts), and Dorsey (The Warriors) Wright show up at his boot camp to shake him loose from combat duty, the trip turns into a bummer. A decade's perspective helps Czech-born director Milo (Cuckoo's Nest) Forman deromanticize the flower children a little, but the overall effect is still a high. Goodbye Fonzie, goodbye Grease, this is the dawning of the age of '60s nostalgia. (PG)

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