Hurry Tomorrow premiered in San Francisco in September 1975 as a benefit for the Network Against Psychiatric Assault. It is hard to imagine people being called "creatures". I think the word in this review reflected a status quo thinking back then.
“A lot of awful truth…sadistic guards and doctors rough up and humiliate
the poor creatures in their charge, using therapy as punishment.”
San Francisco Chronicle, Bernard Weiner, September 30, 1975 Read more…
A few days later Mr. Weiner wrote a letter claiming that his editor at the newspaper had changed the review to make it less favorable of the film. He added "...I vented my spleen here when I saw the revisions."
In another instance the editor of a prestigious medical journal used similar language in a sympathetic review of the film. He was pressured by his board to not publish the review at all. As he explained to me in a letter, it was not because of the language but because he was not critical of the film. Hurry Tomorrow and the post-screening discussions created an explosive atmosphere. A couple of months after the San Francisco premiere when the film opened at the Kenmore Square Cinema Boston Globe critic Kevin Kelly delivered a harsh review.
“A perfect example of misguided muckraking…so blatantly one-sided, so exploitative
of its own prejudice that it simply cannot be taken at face value…”
Boston Globe, Kevin Kelly, December 10, 1975 Read more….
The next day Andrew Kopkind took on Boston's leading film critic.
“An absurdly contentious review by Kevin Kelly in the Globe made the movie
sound worthless…. Hurry Tomorrow is a chilling film. It does what One Flew
Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, for all its stars and technical brilliance, can never do:
show what it is really like inside.”
WBCN Radio, Andrew Kopkind, December 11, 1975 Read more….
Kopkind later wrote of Hurry Tomorrow:
“A passionate, purposeful film document, all the more real for its righteous
prejudice against unreasoning authority.”
The Real Paper, Andrew Kopkind, January 14, 1976 Read more…
After the San Francisco premiere I continued organizing shows around the country and Kevin Rafferty returned home to the Boston area where he coordinated the local shows. Days before Kevin Kelly’s critique appeared Boston’s other daily paper published a review.
“Shocking, important, and apt to make us feel angry at both Hollywood and ourselves
for wasting so much time on cinematic entertainment….”
Boston Herald American, Joe Kornfeld, December 5, 1975 Read more….
Meanwhile back in Los Angeles.