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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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Cast

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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
Patrick Adiarte ...
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
Milton Frome ...
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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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

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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Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: Henry, Please Come Home (1972) 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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Arabian Night Football
30 October 2004 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

"John Goldfarb, Please Come Home" is a farce seemingly typical of the '60s. The story centers around a bumbling pilot and former college football player who finds himself as coach of a ragtag football team in the Middle East. William Peter Blatty, author of "The Exorcist," wrote this comedy (hard to believe!). It's a movie full of political incorrectness. Peter Ustinov is at the heart, playing a crackpot Arab sultan. And Shirley MacLaine does a memorable turn as a female reporter going undercover in the harem. She does a unique belly dance here! Of course, a movie like this couldn't be made today. But let's just look back and enjoy the laughs, shall we?


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