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By 1969 movie
theater attendance in the United States had dropped from
a decade high of about 30 million cash customers per week
to a mere 15 million.
Restaurant, starring Arlo Guthrie (as
himself) and based on his 1967 album of that
name, celebrated counterculture and communal
living while also highlighting some of the
pitfalls of a life devoid of conventional social
or personal committments.
Culp, Natalie Wood, Elliott Gould, and Dyan
Cannon starred in the title roles of Bob
& Carol & Ted & Alice
(respectively), a comedy about the wife-swapping
antics of Southern California's "smart
Rider, about a pair of bikers (Dennis
Hopper and Peter Fonda) who travel throughout
the American South and Southwest, was one of the
year's surprise hits. The film was especially
popular with younger audiences, many of whom
identified with the heroes' attempts to survive
in a society where both nonconformism and
superpatriotism are equally suspect.
of Britain paid tribute to the Royal Air
Force's fierce fight to end German air raids over
England during World War II. The film was
especially notable for its attention to
historical accuracy, as well as for its many very
realistic-looking aerial combat scenes and
extensive use of actual period aircraft (as
opposed to models). Featured actors included
Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, and Harry Andrews.
||Despite being rated X, Midnight
Cowboy was one of the most critically
acclaimed, and highest grossing, movies of 1969.
In it, a Texas greenhorn (Jon Voight) and a New
York City outcast (Dustin Hoffman) become
intimate friends while trying to make a living as
a pair of hustlers.
California gold prospectors (Lee Marvin and Clint
Eastwood) share the same wife, Jean Seberg, in
the musical Paint Your Wagon, which
was based on the 1951 stage play of the same
the Year 1969
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