1979, Park Circus/MGM, 121 min, West Germany/USA, Dir: Milos Forman

Milos Forman’s adaptation of the tribal rock musical stars John Savage as Claude, a quiet young man from the Midwest who becomes friendly with a group of New York hippies as he's on his way to begin basic training in the military. The repressed Claude is quite taken with Berger (Treat Williams) and the group of freedom seekers who reside in Central Park. The group encourages Claude to go after a debutante named Sheila (Beverly D'Angelo). Legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp masterminded the dances, which flow from the natural settings of the film. With most of the better-known songs from the original play, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,” “Good Morning Starshine” and the title number.

1982, Warner Bros., 136 min, USA, Dir: George Roy Hill

From a baby bouncing to The Beatles’ “When I'm Sixty-Four,” a lighter-than-air eccentricity runs through this adaptation of John Irving’s bestseller, even in its occasional dark turns, as T.S. Garp (Robin Williams) grows from infant to successful writer over the span of 40 years. In addition to providing Williams with his first dramatic role, the film helped introduce moviegoers to Glenn Close (Garp’s feminist mother) and John Lithgow (transgender ex-footballer Roberta Muldoon), both Oscar-nominated.

1972, Universal, 104 min, USA, Dir: George Roy Hill

Director George Roy Hill and screenwriter Stephen Geller (TV’s "Mission: Impossible") adapt Kurt Vonnegut’s sardonic exploration of the timeless madness of human existence, from wartime atrocity to middle-class mediocrity to interplanetary euphoria. Middle-aged optometrist Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) simultaneously exists in the past as a young POW in a German prison camp and in the far future as an elderly resident in a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore (where he is memorably pampered by Valerie Perrine as the libidinous starlet Montana Wildhack).

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