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In the summer of 1968, a young man named Claude (John Savage) enlists in the Army and is shipped off to basic training. Before he leaves, he meets a group of hippies in Central Park, including the charismatic Berger (Treat Williams) and the beautiful Sheila (Beverly D'Angelo). Claude is drawn to their carefree lifestyle and their passionate opposition to the Vietnam War. After basic training, Claude is sent to Vietnam, where he witnesses the horrors of war firsthand. Meanwhile, Berger and Sheila and the rest of their hippie friends continue their protest efforts back in New York City. When Claude returns home on leave, he reunites with his friends and becomes more disillusioned with the war effort. As the summer of 1968 progresses, tensions rise between the hippies and the police, culminating in a violent confrontation during a massive anti-war protest. Despite the chaos and tragedy around them, Claude and his friends remain determined to make a difference and live their lives on their own terms. Hair is a vibrant and emotional musical that captures the spirit of the 1960s counterculture. The film features a powerful soundtrack of songs such as "Aquarius," "Let the Sunshine In," "Good Morning Starshine," and, of course, the title track "Hair." The cast delivers memorable performances, particularly Treat Williams as the dynamic and fearless Berger. Although the film deals with heavy themes such as war and social unrest, it also has moments of humor and lightheartedness. The characters are portrayed with depth and nuance, making them relatable and engaging even to viewers who do not share their specific values or beliefs. Hair is a film that celebrates freedom, love, and individuality, while also acknowledging the harsh realities of a tumultuous time in American history. It is a cinematic experience that is both entertaining and thought-provoking, leaving a lasting impression on viewers long after the credits roll.