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Barefoot in the Park (1967)

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Paul, a conservative young lawyer, marries the vivacious Corie. Their highly passionate relationship descends into comical discord in a five-flight New York City walk-up apartment.



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New Yorkers Paul Bratter and Corie Bratter née Banks have just gotten married. He is a stuffed shirt just starting his career as a lawyer. She is an independently minded free spirit who prides herself on doing the illogical purely out of a sense of adventure, such acts as walking through Washington Square Park barefoot when it's 17°F outside. Their six day honeymoon at the Plaza Hotel shows that they can get to know each other easily in the biblical sense. But they will see if they can get to know each other in their real life when they move into their first apartment, a cozy (in other words, small), slightly broken down top floor unit in a five story walk-up. While Corie joyfully bounds up and down the stairs, Paul, always winded after the fact, hates the fact of having to walk up the six flights of stairs, if one includes the stairs that comprise the outside front stoop. Beyond the issues with the apartment itself, Paul and Corie will have to deal with an odd assortment of neighbors... Written by Huggo

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Descalzos en el parque  »

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This play "Barefoot in the Park" was based on the first early weeks of Neil Simon's first marriage to Joan Baim. Similarly, Simon's later play "Chapter Two" was based on the early part of Simon's marriage to actress Marsha Mason which was Simon's second marriage. See more »


When Paul asks the repairman if he wants a drink, the amount of liquor in Paul's glass changes. See more »


Victor Velasco: Does your husband work during the day?
Corie Bratter: Yes.
Victor Velasco: In an office?
Corie Bratter: Yes.
Victor Velasco: Good. I work at home during the day. Oh, I predict some interesting complications... am I making you nervous?
Corie Bratter: Very nervous.
Victor Velasco: Wonderful! Once a month I try to make pretty young girls nervous, just to keep my hand in!
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Romantic comedy as lightweight as they come.
18 October 2002 | by (North Hemis) – See all my reviews

This film version of one of Neil Simon's early Broadway hits coasts on the likability of its cast and a lot of classic Simon banter. The gossamer-thin plot, about newlyweds who find out they don't know each other as well as they thought, is only a framework to hang a bunch of running gags about drafty New York flats, endless stairs, oddball neighbors and the like.

Laughs are plentiful, although as in the rest of Simon's work, one is acutely aware that nobody is so quick with the one-liners in real life.

Boy, were they young back then! Robert Redford underplays charmingly as Paul Bratter, up-and-coming lawyer and all-round stick-in-the-mud; Jane Fonda is his new bride Corie, sexy, fun-loving and relentlessly cute to the borderline of annoyance. When you find her schtick getting a little hard to take, concentrate instead on veteran character actors Charles Boyer and Mildred Natwick, who lend spirit and class to their comedic roles.

Perhaps the direction by Gene Saks is a tad stagebound (he directed the Broadway version), and the cinematography a bit muddy, but Neal Hefti contributes another sprightly score that does a lot to compensate. Overall, an undemanding, undeniable pleasure.

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