Goodbye, Columbus

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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1994
  • UPC: 097360682632
  • Original Release: 1969
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

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
Kay Cummings Doris
Bill Deeringer John McKee
Mari Gorman Simp
Betty Grayson Aunt Molly
Anthony McGowan
Michael Nurie Don Farber
Gail Ommerle Harriet
Jan Peerce Wedding Guest
Rube Schaffer Uncle Max
Chris Schenkel
Lori Shelle Julie
Delos V. Smith
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
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