Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring (February 16, 1971)
Released on February 16, 1971: (running time 1 hour and 14 minutes) A runaway hippie flower child returns home and her family tries to understand the very different person that she has become.
Produced by Joseph Sargent
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Written by Bruce Feldman
The Actors: Sally Field (Denise 'Dennie' Miller ), Jackie Cooper (Ed Miller), Eleanor Parker (Claire Miller), David Carradine (Flack), Lane Bradbury (Susie Miller), Linda Ronstadt (herself, singing the theme song)
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Gidget Grows Up
Fans of old movies are familiar with the hobo's travelling the country during the Great Depression with nothing more on their agenda than finding a spot to lay their head when the sun goes down. World War II brought America out of the depression years and families lived and grew and worked and played in a most normal way, having record numbers of children . . . baby-boom children . . . who came of age during the swinging 1960's . . . and all of a sudden, the sweet home lives of 'normal' families was torn a dozen ways from Sunday.
Instead of suburban families living the American Dream, the wild baby-boom kids created a new world of Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n Roll . . . Hippies . . . Flower Power . . . Rebellion . . . Did I mention drugs? . . . Psychedelic dreams . . . Girls with short hair and boys with long hair . . . The Whole World Turned Upside Down!
What are a father and mother to do? Even more important than what Father and Mother do . . . How does a girl growing up in this atmosphere become a woman . . . and what kind of a woman will she be? Will she become her mother? Not likely . . . Her mother never experienced the rebellion and freedom of choice that the children of the 1960's did.
Indeed, what kind of people will run the world as these wild, rebellious kids become adults? Heh . . . Today, as those baby-boomers are looking back on what they have wrought . . . the answer is still not clear . . . If you are one of the rebellious baby-boomers like me, you will certainly enjoy going back to 1971 when the children of 1960's rebellion were becoming the adults that ruled the world. If you are one of the children or grandchildren of a boomer, you will positively be amazed by the world that your parents or grandparents grew up in.
You should know ahead of time that this 1971 story was filmed in the unique style of those very different years . . . Do not expect a story with a clear beginning, middle and ending . . . flashbacks . . . memories past and future . . . scenes of hum-drum life swirling with scenes of rebellious freedom . . . I recommend that you don't try to analyze or understand every word and every scene . . . Just float along like a spirit looking on from afar, and absorb, enjoy and accept what you see, without worrying too much about understanding every little word and gesture.
I'm the first to admit that I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but heck, I lived those years like Sally Field and David Carradine's characters did, and I still don't remember let alone understand everything from either this story or my own coming of age years. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
David Carradine meets the family
Jackie Cooper and David Carradine
Jackie Cooper and Lane Bradbury
Lane Bradbury and Sally Field
Lane Bradbury hitches a ride
Sally Field hitches a ride