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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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Samir
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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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It's the happiest, wackiest, zaniest comedy you'll ever see! [UK] 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

According to Patricia Bosworth's 1978 biography, Montgomery Clift was offered the male lead in the film, but turned it down. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Referenced in Joel King: Man with a Camera (2015) 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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Very pleasantly surprised
20 February 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see this movie recently for the first time.I could not understand why we had not seen it in the UK on tv since it's general release in 1965.Being a Shirley Maclaine fan,I was looking forward to it.Was I surprised!I found it highly amusing,often laugh out loud funny.Peter Ustinov is incredible in this.I think the director J.Lee Thompson is English,and maybe that's something Ustinov responded to.The scenes with the animals in particular,are outrageously funny.Being a Brit,I'm afraid to say I don't really understand American football,but in this movie you don't have to.Sit back for 90 minutes,suspend belief,if you can,think your way back to the 60's and just enjoy.My son who's into modern movies and the new stars,saw some of this and laughed out loud.It's wonderful,crazy fun and not to be taken seriously.John Goldfarb,Please Come Back.Soon.8/10


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