Surreal, often hysterically funny, sometimes surprisingly sad, full of
sly political and social satire, and jammed with wildly brave
film-making choices, along with one of the great movie song-scores of
in movie history by Alan Price.
Its Candide meets 1970s Great Britan as a young man rambles through
life in a series of absurd adventures, with the great supporting cast
(Ralph Richardson, Helen Mirren, etc.) having the time of their lives
playing multiple roles.
The three hour running time may sound daunting, but it flies by as we
watch our hero Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell, whose real life
pre-acting experiences were the jumping off point for the story) slowly
become wise to the ways of the world through a series of bizarre
encounters, arrests, love affairs, odd medical experiments,
and everything else that could befall a young man on the road.
A must see film for anyone who appreciates unique films and British