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This 1970 youth picture opened strongly in the wake of Easy Rider but then vanished, the victim of a legal dispute between writer-producer-director Richard Crawford and one of his backers. Revived again after decades in limbo, it's an interesting period piece whose intelligent script survives some terrible acting. A clean-cut soldier on leave from the Vietnam war returns home to San Diego to attend his stepfather's funeral and falls in love with a beatific hippie chick; though he defends the war out of loyalty to his platoon buddies, he's haunted by memories of his questionable kills in battle. The movie's psychedelic reveries may seem like outtakes from an Austin Powers movie, but Crawford was ahead of the curve in charting the emotional conflicts of returning vets. R, 90 min.

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