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Thread: Favourite Old Hippie Films

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    Favourite Old Hippie Films

    I've been watching a few 1960s films recently and wanted to see which films from that era that other people enjoy.

    I guess Easy Rider is the most obvious ones. But some of the same actors do some very similar films, one being Psych Out, another one The Trip, which was apparently banned for 36 years.

    I'm watching The Trip later on, but can definitely recommend Psych Out if you enjoyed Easy Rider.

    I also recently watched The Magic Trip, which was more of a documentary than a film, but it was mainly footage from the bus trip Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters took across America in 1964. It was absolutely awesome and I can't wait until I can watch it again.

    Although On The Road came out in 2012, it was based very much on the same scene, if not slightly earlier, and I also enjoyed that one a lot, even though it was not made then.

    So, what are your favourite hippie films? Can anyone recommend any similar films that focus more on the late 1960s British scene than the American one?
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain


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    Its not from the 60's but I loved this film when it came out early 90's - not had time to rewatch it since my friend sent the link, but its on my to do list,
    I hope I enjoy it as much as i did when it came out

    A gigantic white stallion appears mysteriously to a Traveller grandfather and his two grandsons in an Irish slum. Since, puzzlingly, the younger of the two boys is the only individual who can control the horse, ownership falls to him and his older brother by default. There being no place for the animal, they move him into the apartment of their alcoholic Traveller father. Police remove him and, in a shady deal, he ends up under control of a wealthy, underhanded horse breeder. The boys manage to retrieve him and escape on his back, but the stallion seems to have his own travelling agenda



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    Wow, thanks for posting that you tube link
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    Didn't know there was a film of 'into the west', but I enjoyed the book , also loved 'Electric kool aid acid test' so will keep an eye out for 'The Magic Trip'

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    Not watched magic trip yet but it is on my lovefilm list.
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    Vanishing point
    Harold and Maude
    but these are both american films. They are both very good. Can't think of any brit films right now but will have a think.


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    Thank you. I've not even heard of Harold and Maude. What's it about?
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

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    Performance, Jesus Christ Superstar and I kinda like slackers even though not strictly hippy oh and Cheech & Chong
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    Originally Posted by Tank girl
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    Its not from the 60's but I loved this film when it came out early 90's - not had time to rewatch it since my friend sent the link, but its on my to do list,
    I hope I enjoy it as much as i did when it came out.








    What a brilliant film, thanks for that Tank Girl
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    Already beaten to it on Vanishing point and good old Cheech and Chong (they made more than you think).

    Not an old one, but still a good film about one persons short nomadic life, Into the Wild.

    Caught Kelly's Heroes on telly the other week, for the 10000'th time. You gotta love the writers for putting Donald sutherland's character, Oddball, in there! I mean, a hippy tank commander in WW2, that's just genius!
    It's no use shouting about who's to blame, when all that counts is how to change...

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    Originally Posted by Lonesomestranger
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    Already beaten to it on Vanishing point and good old Cheech and Chong (they made more than you think).

    Not an old one, but still a good film about one persons short nomadic life, Into the Wild.

    Caught Kelly's Heroes on telly the other week, for the 10000'th time. You gotta love the writers for putting Donald sutherland's character, Oddball, in there! I mean, a hippy tank commander in WW2, that's just genius!
    How many cheech and chong I can remember two and a long playing record, the second sided never seemed to get played.

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    Originally Posted by Paranoid Eyes
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    gonna have to go down Mexico score some best
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    and take a mega sicky that is waaaaaaaaaaaay more than I ever thought, god I hope I have nt watched them all and forgot um, oh the joys of maturity
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    Ah lookin at these dates I could only have watched the first two, it's like a porn movie franchise with stoners Cheers PE
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    no bother
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    Not sure if folks would class it as a 'Hippy' film, but I used to watch and re-watch 'Alice's Restaurant' when we shared a house 30 years ago. Our other over played vid was Woodstock - mainly as it was good background to get stoned too. But Alice's was my fav.

    Walk right in, it's around the back.............

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    There's "IF"...not exactly Hippy but very anti-authoritarian and pretty weird..........also "Head" by The Monkees

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    Although not essentially a hippy film the UK produced 'Still Crazy' is a good watch. Jimmy Nail, Tim Spall, Billy Connelly, Bill Nighy, Stephen Rea and all get a 70's band back together and go on the road. Funny too.

    There's also 'Freebird', although nothing to do with Skynyrd it's about some London Bikers who hear of a massive stash of mushrooms and drugs in Wales and set off to find it. Arthur Brown is in it and although he says nothing, he is worth watching.

    And I enjoyed 'Almost Famous' about the Rolling Stone journalist William Miller following an up and coming band around the USA. Fantastic soundtrack also.

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    Oooh, forgot about Freebird and Almost Famous. I love the soundtrack to that too!
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    I have Into The West on dvd, such a lovely film
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    Flashback (with Dennis Hopper in) is my favourite hippy film, though it isn't British.
    I've been tripping from sipping the dripping dirty water tap,
    i've been thinking i'm drinking too many drinks all by myself.
    I've been poking a voodoo doll that you do not know I made, for you, of you.
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    Catch Us If You Can (1965) [verging on hippyness & British]
    Two Lane Blacktop (1971)

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    Originally Posted by stardust
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    Thank you. I've not even heard of Harold and Maude. What's it about?
    It is about a young man (harold) from a very rich but conservative family who has no direction in life. doesn't want to conform to parents expectations. They keep bringing home girls to try to marry him of. He spends his time faking his suicide. When they buy him an E type Jag he turns it into a hearse. He falls in love with a free spirited old lady in her 70s (maude). It is a black comedy but life affirming. It has an amazing soundtrack by Cat Stevens.


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    Originally Posted by Lonesomestranger
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    Caught Kelly's Heroes on telly the other week, for the 10000'th time. You gotta love the writers for putting Donald sutherland's character, Oddball, in there! I mean, a hippy tank commander in WW2, that's just genius!
    Noone has suggested M.A.S.H. yet. The hippie tank commander has just reminded me of this film, Although there are no tanks in M.A.S.H.
    The TV series was one of the great comedy series of all time but the original film by Robert Altman is genius. Probably his best film and very hippie


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    alices restaurant, the monkees,head, human highway,neil young is a good film maker too,oh cheech n chong,easy rider the list is long

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    Originally Posted by gary
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    Noone has suggested M.A.S.H. yet. The hippie tank commander has just reminded me of this film, Although there are no tanks in M.A.S.H.
    The TV series was one of the great comedy series of all time but the original film by Robert Altman is genius. Probably his best film and very hippie
    Can we get away with Apocalypse Now , great film.

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    Originally Posted by Mayfly
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    Performance, Jesus Christ Superstar and I kinda like slackers even though not strictly hippy oh and Cheech & Chong
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    I used to love that JC Superstar as a kid, it was probably my first inspiration into hippydom...he he..

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