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Critics reviews
The Trip
Roger Corman United States, 1967
It’s best remembered as a kind of warm-up for Easy Rider, which would arrive two years later: Peter Fonda stars and Jack Nicholson wrote the script. At 79 minutes, it goes by quickly—it’s really not much more than a canny filmmaker’s attempt to suck some dollars out of the public’s fascination with LSD.
August 16, 2017
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Corman was more assured on his home turf. The Trip is best remembered as a kind of warm-up for Easy Rider, which would arrive two years later: Peter Fonda stars and Jack Nicholson wrote the script. At 79 minutes, it goes by quickly—it’s really not much more than a canny filmmaker’s attempt to suck some dollars out of the public’s fascination with LSD.
August 16, 2017
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A sorcerer of cheap thrills, Corman is nonetheless capable of restraint and elegance as a director—as inBucket of Blood’s subtle atmosphere of unease, which set in relief the script’s blunt death-as-creation theme. But in The Trip, where Corman was surely under the goading influence of upstart screenwriter Jack Nicholson and supporting actor Dennis Hopper, the filmmaker’s excesses are set loose, for better and for worse.
March 24, 2016
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…Equally under the influence is Corman himself, who fills even the most “sober” scenes with candied colors and stereotypically “groovy” fixtures. Come hallucination time, he’s parroting Bergman and Fellini while exercising experimental montage, resulting in a rare AIP entry that’s as wholly visual as it is economical.
December 02, 2015
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