Cinema: Andy Hardy Gets Busted

Up against the wall, MGM. They have taken James Simon Kunen's straightforward memoirs of the 1968 Columbia riots and turned them into a homogenized and dishonest movie about student politics whose central thesis is that the kids are only in it for the action —the sexy action. The Strawberry Statement has about as much to do with Kunen's book as the film The Ten Commandments had to do with the tablets.

The film's hero is Simon James (Bruce Davidson), a stalwart on the university rowing team with only a passing interest in political agitation. Radical students call for a strike against the...

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