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Motion Picture News and Highlights from 1969

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.

Notable Releases

Arlo Guthrie as himself in Alice's Restaurant Alice's 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.


Elliott Gould, Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, and Dyan Cannon as Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Robert 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 set."
Dennis Hopperand Peter Fonda in Easy Rider Easy 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.
scene from Battle of Britain Battle 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.
Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy 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.
Paint Your Wagon Two 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 name.

In the Year 1969
Dennis Hopper

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