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I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
     

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas

Director: Hy Averback, Peter Sellers, Jo Van Fleet, Leigh Taylor-Young

Cast: Hy Averback, Peter Sellers, Jo Van Fleet, Leigh Taylor-Young

 

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One of the few 1960s satires of the hippie culture that doesn't appear to be concocted by grumpy old men, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas stars Peter Sellers as Harold Fine, a staid Jewish attorney. Engaged to the equally straitlaced Joyce (Joyce Van Patten), Harold wistfully dreams of having a more exciting lifestyle. Through a fluke, Harold is obliged to drive a

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One of the few 1960s satires of the hippie culture that doesn't appear to be concocted by grumpy old men, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas stars Peter Sellers as Harold Fine, a staid Jewish attorney. Engaged to the equally straitlaced Joyce (Joyce Van Patten), Harold wistfully dreams of having a more exciting lifestyle. Through a fluke, Harold is obliged to drive a station wagon emblazoned with "psychedelic" imagery; it is with this vehicle that he picks up his flower-child brother Herbie (David Arkin), and Herbie's groovy chick Nancy (Leigh Taylor-Young). Rather enjoying the company of people outside of his establishment orbit, Harold lets Nancy stay over at her place, and she plies him with marijuana-spiked brownies. His inhibitions released by the spiked pastries, Harold kicks over the traces, grows his hair to shoulder length, and embarks upon an affair with Nancy. But when the effects of the brownies wear off, Harold suddenly feels like the rather foolish middle-aged man that he is. The beauty of I Love You, Alice B. Toklas is that it patronizes neither the hippies nor the Establishment characters; both groups are shown as human beings rather than agit-prop stereotypes.

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All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Time has not been kind to this film, which has dated about as well as the outfits worn by the hippies in the movie, yet it remains funny and entertaining throughout, largely thanks to Peter Sellers' spot-on comic performance as Harold, a mild-mannered Jewish lawyer turned counter-culture "freak." Few British actors could play Americans as convincingly as Sellers, and his mid-life angst and forced embrace of the counterculture still hit their target today. Jo Van Fleet and Joyce Van Patten are able comic foils to Sellers, as is Leigh Taylor-Young as the sexually liberated Nancy. While Larry Tucker and Paul Mazursky explore the counterculture in their screenplay with only a bit more depth than they did while writing the TV series The Monkees, they at least sympathize with their subjects; while most films of the era depicted hippies as either dangerous or a bad joke, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! argues that, while they might seem goofy, their motives are ultimately healthy. This light-hearted spirit makes the film a lot easier to sit through than most of the anti-longhair diatribes that hit screens around the same time.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2014
UPC:
0888574100070
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
31,398

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Harold
Jo Van Fleet Mother
Leigh Taylor-Young Nancy
Joyce Van Patten Joyce
David Arkin Herbie
Herb Edelman Murray
Louis Gottlieb Guru
Grady Sutton Funeral Director, Mr. Walsh
Janet Clark Mrs. Foley
Jorge Moreno Mr. Rodriguez
Ed Peck Man In Dress Shop
Sidney Clute Mechanic
Robert Miller Driscoll Crying Hippie
William Bramley 1st Patrolman
Gary Brown El Greco
Eddra Gale Love Lady
Vince Howard 2nd Patrolman
Salem Ludwig Father
Jack Margolis Big Bear
Carol O'Leary Anita
Joe Dominguez Grandfather Rodriguez
Roy E. Glenn Gas Station Attendant

Technical Credits
Hy Averback Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Audrey Blasdel-Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Jack Cunningham Asst. Director
Pato Guzman Production Designer
Robert Jones Editor
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Paul Mazursky Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Larry Tucker Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Theadora Van Runkle Costumes/Costume Designer

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