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Goodbye, Columbus
     

Goodbye, Columbus

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Director: Larry Peerce

Cast: Richard Benjamin, Ali MacGraw, Jack Klugman

 
Based on one of author Phillip Roth's shorter works, Goodbye Columbus stars Richard Benjamin as Neil, a young man of humble means who falls in love with Jewish-American-princess Brenda (Ali MacGraw). Their romance is out of the question so far as Brenda's suburbanite parents are concerned, so Neil and Brenda rendezvous in some of the sleaziest motels ever seen

Overview

Based on one of author Phillip Roth's shorter works, Goodbye Columbus stars Richard Benjamin as Neil, a young man of humble means who falls in love with Jewish-American-princess Brenda (Ali MacGraw). Their romance is out of the question so far as Brenda's suburbanite parents are concerned, so Neil and Brenda rendezvous in some of the sleaziest motels ever seen in a 1960s film (and that assessment includes The Bates Motel). Unwilling to take birth control pills because they upset her tummy, Brenda opts for a diaphragm, which unfortunately is discovered by her mother. Their rocky relationship comprises the bulk of the film. The trendy, New Wave-influenced direction by Larry Peerce gained a great deal of critical attention in 1969, notably such self-indulgent devices as having a close-up of a girl's navel dissolve into a long-shot of a swimming pool. Far more memorable is Peerce's amusingly straight-on depictions of upper-class Jewish/American social functions. In their film debuts, Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw are appealingly awkward; the more memorable performance is delivered by Michael Meyers as MacGraw's adenoidal younger brother.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
UPC:
0097360682649
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version; enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital; English Mono; French Mono; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Benjamin Neil
Ali MacGraw Brenda
Jack Klugman Mr. Patimkin
Nan Martin Mrs. Patimkin
Michael Meyers Ron
Monroe Arnold Uncle Leo
Ray Baumel Actor
Kay Cummings Doris
Bill Deeringer John McKee
Mari Gorman Simp
Betty Grayson Aunt Molly
Anthony McGowan Actor
Michael Nurie Don Farber
Gail Ommerle Harriet
Jan Peerce Wedding Guest
Rube Schaffer Uncle Max
Chris Schenkel Actor
Lori Shelle Julie
Delos V. Smith Actor
Jaclyn Smith Model
Sylvie Strauss Aunt Gladys
Elaine Swain Sarah Ehrlich
Royce Wallace Carlotta
Richard Wexler Busboy

Technical Credits
Larry Peerce Director
Manny Gerard Art Director
Gerald Hirschfeld Cinematographer
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Gene Coffin Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Ciannella Makeup
Charles Fox Score Composer
Arnold Schulman Screenwriter
Philip Roth Source Author
Steve Barnett Asst. Director
Ralph Rosenblum Editor
Stanley Jaffe Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Club
2. Aunt Gladys
3. After Tennis
4. Be My Guest
5. A Wonderful Dinner
6. The Third Degree
7. It's a Public Library
8. Sit With Julie
9. I'll Send You a Notice
10. Not a Planner
11. A College Girl
12. Truth or Dare
13. Two Weeks
14. From When We Were Poor
15. Summer in Love
16. Heart to Heart
17. Commitment
18. The Classiest Affair
19. Children I Can Trust
20. Our Last Night
21. Separate Lives
22. The Letters

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Goodbye, Columbus 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LynPA More than 1 year ago
This was the first "R" rated movie I saw. A friend still has her VHS copy and I recently watched it at her house. I would love to buy the DVD but it is rated PG and is several minutes shorter than the VHS copy. Barnes and Noble, I am over 60 years old. I am a veteran of the US Army. I refuse to buy a censored, shortened version of a movie classic. The least you should do is note that this is a censored version of an "R" rated film. If you ever get the uncensored version, I will buy it. Otherwise I will try to figure out how to copy a VHS film to a blank DVD disc. Yes, I know it is illegal and it is something I wouldn't have considered if you sold the original movie.