Hazel's People (1973)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Religious Drama  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Happy As the Grass Was Green still stands as one of the few Mennonite-related films ever made. Graham Beckel plays an aimless hippie who visits his friend's Pennsylvania home town on the occasion of his friend's brother's death. The community is primarily Mennonite, whose lifestyle intrigues Beckel. Slowly undergoing a religious conversion, Beckel elects to renounce beads and bongs to join the small, devoutly religious community. While the cast includes such recognizable favorites as Pat Hingle and Geraldine Page, most of the cast of Happy As the Grass Was Green consists of genuine Pennsylvanian Mennonites. The film was based on a novel by Merle Good.

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hippie, Mennonite, religion, funeral