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John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965)

During the Cold War, John Goldfarb (Richard Crenna) crashes his spy plane in the Middle East and is taken prisoner by the local government. His captor, King Fawz (Peter Ustinov), soon ... See full summary »

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Jenny Ericson
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King Fawz
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John Goldfarb
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Miles Whitepaper
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Coach Sakalakis
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Heinous Overreach
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Mustafa Guz
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Secretary of State Deems Sarajevo
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Prince Ammud
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Secretary of Defense Charles Maginot
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Ambassadaor Brinkley
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Samir
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Stottle Cronkite
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Air Force General
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During the Cold War, John Goldfarb (Richard Crenna) crashes his spy plane in the Middle East and is taken prisoner by the local government. His captor, King Fawz (Peter Ustinov), soon discovers that Goldfarb used to be a college football star. So he issues him an ultimatum: coach his country's football team, or Fawz will surrender him to the Russians. Goldfarb teams up with undercover reporter Jenny Ericson (Shirley MacLaine), and together they plot to escape their dangerous situation.

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A Wild Whirl of Wacky Fun! See more »

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24 March 1965 (USA)  »

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A braccia aperte  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Notre Dame University got a court injunction to delay the release of the film, claiming the studio had "knowingly and illegally misappropriated, diluted and commercially exploited for their private profit the names, symbols, football team, prestige, high reputation and goodwill" of the university. After three months of court battles, the studio won out. See more »

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When Shirley first presents herself to the king she is fearful he will "make his move.on her" so she dresses herself to be as undesirable as possible and throws herself on his bed. The next three shots have her legs crossed right over left, then left over right, them back to right over left in quick succession. See more »

Quotes

'Strife' Magazine Editor: I think it's great!
Jenny Ericson: I think it's filthy!
'Strife' Magazine Editor: How did you win the Pulitzer, with photo take-outs of PTA meetings? A harem, is a harem, is a...
Jenny Ericson: Euphemism! The concept is vulgar, odious and repulsive
'Strife' Magazine Editor: Ericson, you'd find something vulgar, odious and repulsive in fifth-graders playing spin the bottle
Jenny Ericson: Would you please leave my personal life out of this
'Strife' Magazine Editor: I didn't know you had one
Jenny Ericson: Oh, I don't have to take this
'Strife' Magazine Editor: But you will take this assignment
Jenny Ericson: [stands up and laughs mockingly] I will not
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Referenced in Post Mortem with Mick Garris: William Friedkin (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home
Music by John Williams (as Johnny Williams)
Lyrics by Don Wolf
Sung by Shirley MacLaine during the opening credits
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John Golfarb Please Come Home- Awful
13 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this turkey on Fox Movie Channel on 6/7/09. Maltin would be correct if he hated this movie.The movie was trying to be a zany comedy. Unfortunately,it did not work.The plot was silly. there was no continuation. Ustinov's Arabian king with a mind of a six year old character was annoying and infantile. What was the point of having a U2 pilot as a character in the movie except to show that he went in the wrong direction( By the way, he is known as 'wrong way Golfarb') the only decent acting was from Shirley Maclaine playing an undercover reporter in the king's harem. Richard Crenna and Wilfrid Hyde-White(as the king's aide),must have regretted taking this role. They did try to do a good job with the material in hand. Harry Morgan was OK, as was Jim Bakus.The football game(on a grass field constructed in the desert), also got to be very annoying and tedious! If people are comparing this film favorably to "It's A Mad,Mad,Mad,Mad World", they would be wrong- The latter film is a piece of art compared to this bomb!


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