|The young Claude has decided to join the army and travels to New York to enlist. Here he meets a group of young hippies with whom he spends the last few days before leaving for the army. This is the story about those days.
The plot is simple, as you might expect from a musical, but it still has something interesting to tell. It is a very good picture of the period just before the Vietnam war, where love and drugs were in abundance in Central Park among a certain group of people.
During the movie/musical you go through phases of both hate and love for most of the characters depending on your political orientation, and at the end (not being an American) you are left with a bitter taste in your mouth and wonder why they did what the did regarding the Vietnam war.
Being a musical, my guess is that the first criteria were the ability to dance and sing, and then acting afterward. However, I still think they did a great job with the casting and all major actor deliver an acceptable performance. I have seen this musical as plays on more than one occasion, and my opinion is that the translation to movie was rather good.
Obviously the music for this movie has a high focus, and for a movie from the 70'ies, the quality is very good. The soundtrack, with all the musical songs, is recommendable also.
If you are into musicals this is a classic you must see. It is also en interesting view into the period, so it might not be bad for teaching purpose either.
In general a movie above average with a simple plot, acceptable acting and good music that is a must see for all musical and theater fans.