Hair (film)

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German title Hair
Original title Hair
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1979
length 119 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Miloš Forman
script Michael Weller
production Michael Butler
Robert Greenhut
Lester Persky
music Galt MacDermot
James Rado
Gerome Ragni
camera Miroslav Ondříček
cut Alan Heim
Stanley Warnow

Hair is an American film of the genre Musical from 1979 . The director was Miloš Forman . The writer wrote Michael Weller based on the musical Hair . The leading roles were played by John Savage , Treat Williams and Beverly D'Angelo .


The film tells the story of Claude Hooper Bukowski, a young man from rural Oklahoma who is slated to move to the Vietnam War in the late 1960s . On the way to the draft in New York City he meets a group of hippies led by the charismatic Berger. When Bukowski sees Sheila, a girl from a rich family, riding past the group, he falls in love with her. The casual life of the hippie group fascinates the lanky country man and he joins them. Together they turn up at a party in Sheila's parents' house and even accept an arrest for it. But Sheila cannot escape Claude's shy love and the unconventional love of life of the hippies and seeks contact with them.

A little later, Claude begins his service in the army. In the camp in the Nevada desert, Claude and his comrades are drilled hard under the supervision of a general who does not hesitate to shoot the camp loudspeakers when rock music is played over them.

In New York, Sheila meets again with the group around Berger and shows them a letter from Claude. Berger wins over her and his friends for the idea of ​​going to Nevada together and visiting Claude. Because the group is not allowed into the barracks, they use a trick to remove a non-commissioned officer from his uniform. With this, Berger arrives at the barracks and swaps uniform and place with Claude there. While he can leave the barracks for a few hours and spend with his friends, Berger unexpectedly has to get ready with the troops for the departure to Vietnam. When Claude returns to the barracks, the troop transports are already taking off.

In the final scene, Claude, Sheila and the other group members stand in front of Berger's grave in a huge military cemetery. The last pictures show a large anti-war demonstration in front of the White House .


The lexicon of international films wrote that the film was a "film musical full of vitality, musical temperament and high-speed tension" . He shows "entertaining and convincing values ​​such as friendship, generosity and security in the group" "in connection with not only sexual permissiveness and the anti-Vietnam war movement" .

The magazine Cinema wrote that the film was "coherently choreographed" , but currently "also seems funny" .

VideoWoche wrote: “The best thing about Milos Forman's screen version of the rock musical 'Hair' is without a doubt the musical numbers and the choreography by Twyla Tharp . The film was not a box office success at the time, the critics were divided. The Spiegel called it 'a million dollar soap bubble', while the Times praised it: 'Proof that real miracles can still happen in the film business. "


Treat Williams was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Young Actor for his role , the second nomination for this award was for Best Picture . The film was also nominated for the Young Artist Award and the César . Milos Forman and Galt MacDermot won the Premi David di Donatello in the categories of Best Foreign Director and Best Foreign Soundtrack .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hair. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. ^ Cronologia dei Premi David di Donatello. In: Accademia del Cinema Italiano - Premi David di Donatello. Retrieved March 25, 2020 (Italian).