- Directed by Mark Robson
- Starring Rod Steiger, Susannah York, George Grizzard, Don Murray
- Written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1971) -- In this film we see how the members of a family react when the husband returns home, after he abandoned them seven years ago.
It is funny, insightful. When I saw it I was a man of about 20 years and really liked how it deflated the stereotypes of what a man is supposed to be. The macho, the nice guy and the nobody are all shown as confused people who have latched on to a role to play. My favorite line was he speaks German like my ass chews bubblegum. These are the words of a Nazi officer that Rod Steiger's character sent to heaven. He feels okay about it and likes it in heaven. Every day is Christmas and everyone plays shuffleboard.
I am sincerely amazed with this exquisite blend of irony, madness and desperation that was a trademark of Mr. Vonnegut's works. But, there was something really new coming in this flick... the urges of a mankind behind those solid characters, Steiger and Hickey, this last one the bomber that wasted Hiroshima, and his Master, a frontiersman Steiger, both back from a disastrous expedition to Africa, that lasted years... Their families, in the face of those presumed deceased... What about an effervescent and mutating world of the early 70's? They should portrait the Vietnam fighters, being cursed for the flower power generation... Blended with superb interpretations from all the cast, with poisonous 'sensa huma' and political uncorrectioness all over the place. Those were the days, dude. A real must see...
Happy Birthday, Wanda June DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 8/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.