Glen and Randa

Once upon a time there were countries, cities, schools, movies, electric appliances, The Beatles, politicians and then . . .

Glen and Randa (front) 1969

Released by UMC, 1969

Starring Steven Curry, Shelley Plimpton, Woodrow Chambliss and Gary Goodrow

Screenplay by Lorenzo Mans, Rudolph Wurlitzer and Jim McBride

Directed by Jim McBride

Executive Producer Sidney Glazier

“’Glen and Randa’ is one of the best and most original American films of the year!” — Time Magazine

“Powerfully evocative for the flawlessness of its performance, the excellence of its dialogue and the high quality of the inspiration!” — Los Angeles Times

“Must rank with ‘2001 — A Space Odyssey’ as ONE OF THE GREAT MASTERPIECES OF THE SCIENCE FICTION GENRE!” — Show Magazine

“It’s the most original American film I’ve ever seen.” — Robert Redford

The magician came to camp and gave a show. He even put on a fireproof suit and ignited himself, but there was no applause. Later, when the magician was in his trailer making it with Randa, Glen stayed outside looking at maps. He found one of a place called Idaho, and some picture books about a lady named Wonder Woman who lives in a city called Metropolis that is all shiny and white and where people can fly. He asked the magician about it.

“The city’s far, far away, over the mountains,” the magician told him. “I was 15 when it was totaled. They was droppin’ dead in the streets for years.” “Take me to the city,” Glen said. But the magician had other business, so just like Prince Valiant on his quest for the Holy Grail, Glen set out for the city.

The record of the journey is Glen and Randa, a primitive, desperate, odyssey by the last bewildered survivors of an atomic holocaust, stumbling through the wreckage of a vanished civilization. Neither moralizing sci-fi nor melodrama, despite its fanciful premise, the film is rather like a cinéma verité doomsday documentary — a parable in newsreel form.

Using a rigorously unadorned style, Director Jim McBride, who was also co-author of Glen and Randa’s script, conveys a sense of primitive desolation, transforming contemporary landscapes into primeval heaths. Although the film is unsparing in its apocalyptic vision, its dour brutality is frequently alleviated by a cool eye for satire.

94 min., Color, Contains nudity and adult situations.
United Home Video

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