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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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'Strife' Magazine Editor
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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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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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Harry Morgan, as Secretary of State Deems Sarajevo, stops an argument between his underlings by yelling "Silence in Court! Let the Monkey speak!" This might be a reference to Morgan's role, a couple of years earlier, as the Judge in "Inherit the Wind," about the Scopes "monkey trial." 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 M*A*S*H: Henry, Please Come Home (1972) See more »

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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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Wacky, crazy '60s comedy
9 August 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I saw "John Goldfarb, Please Come Home" today hoping to see a funny Richard Crenna/Shirley Maclaine film. I was not disappointed. It was the absolute epitome of the '60s, made right in the middle of the decade. The music, done by a young "Johnny" Williams simply managed to reinforce this notion. The opening/ending theme, sung by the lead actress, had an Arabian sound to it, fitting enough. The movie takes place when it was made, in the middle of the Cold War. As it begins, a US ambassador to the nonexistent Middle East country of Fawzia (strangely similar to Saudi Arabia) has just sent the Sultan, a toy train obsessor with a golden golf cart and a harem, pigskin luggage, which just so happens to offend the Muslim. Therefore, the Americans intend to do everything they can to appease him. They didn't count on two things, though: John "Wrong Way" Goldfarb, all-American football star and U2 pilot, and Jenny Ericson, reporter for STRIFE magazine, who intends to get inside the sultan's harem and report on it. Meanwhile, Goldfarb gets lost (big surprise) and crash lands in Fawzia. There are all sorts of crazy complications involving Goldfarb, the reporter (and concubine), and the sultan's would-be football player son, who attended Notre Dame college. It all culminates in an insane football game between Notre Dame and the Fawz U team. If you miss it, you're missing something out of this world. Of course, if you deplore '60s comedies, you might wanna steer clear. Maclaine and Crenna are great together, and Ustinov as the eccentric sultan is brilliant. For all its insanity, I loved it.


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