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Robert Redford loathed wearing a suit and tie all day which was required for his character. During breaks between filming, Redford wore western boots and a black cowboy hat.
When actor Robert Redford was offered the lead male role in the film, he was surprised. Redford had played the part on Broadway and did not like the idea of repeating himself. Redford believed that it was standard practice for players in Broadway productions to not be considered for parts they had created on the stage for the Hollywood movie version. However, Redford decided to do the film.
A running gag is the absence of an elevator to get to the newlyweds' 6th-floor apartment; new arrivals are out of breath throughout the film. For its release in France, however, the dubbed dialogue placed the apartment on the 9th floor (equivalent to the 10th floor in the US), since in France, older buildings with six stories and no elevator are not uncommon and audiences wouldn't have understood why climbing the stairs was so arduous.
Neil Simon based this story on his first marriage.
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.
The film role of 'Corie Bratter' was originally offered to actress Natalie Wood who had already played opposite Robert Redford in two movies. Wood declined the offer though, because she wanted to take time off.
First box-office hit movie of actor Robert Redford.
In supporting roles, Mildred Natwick and Herb Edelman also appeared in the Broadway production of "Barefoot in the Park" (1963-67).
The film inspired a 13 episode TV sitcom series Barefoot in the Park (1970) which had an all African-American cast and was broadcast during the 1970-71 season.
The movie was remade for television around fourteen years later in 1981. Barefoot in the Park (1982) starred Richard Thomas as Paul, Bess Armstrong as Corie, and Barbara Barrie as Mrs. Banks.
When Jane Fonda is shown going up the stairs to her apartment, they used the same footage of her for every floor she climbs. As she nears the top of the stairs, every hallway flooring (right beside the spindles), has the exact same damage done to it, and a wrinkle or tear in the hallway carpet runner is in the exact same place on every level.
Third of five films that Robert Redford and Jane Fonda have made together. They had previously starred together in The Chase (1966) whilst both had made their feature film debuts in Tall Story (1960). They continued with The Electric Horseman (1979) and their most recent is "Our Souls at Night" (2017)
The fictional address of the apartment is 49 West 10th Street.
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Robert Redford had effectively given up acting prior to filming this. Disillusioned after the relative failure of "This Property is Condemned" " The Chase" and " Inside Daisy Clover ", he quit Hollywood and spent a year travelling around Spain and Greece. It was only after Paramount threatened to sue him over certain " contractual obligations " that he returned home to star in this.
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Robert Redford starred in both the Broadway play and this film version. His leading lady on Broadway was Elizabeth Ashley.
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The New York park that is referred to in the film's title is not Central Park, as many people often think who have not seen the film, as the movie is set in New York, Central Park being the city's most famous park, but actually is New York's Washington Square Park.
Debut theatrical feature film directed by actor-producer-director Gene Saks. Saks also directed other Neil Simon written films such as The Odd Couple (1968), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972). Saks also co-starred in Simon's The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975).
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Actor Marlo Thomas, who starred in the London stage production, campaigned for the movie lead, but was unsuccessful.
Mike Nichols directed "Barefoot in the Park" on the Broadway stage opening in 1963. Nichols would later direct a Neil Simon written film, that being Biloxi Blues (1988).
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The film features the "Plaza Hotel" which also appears in another Neil Simon written film Plaza Suite (1971) where it is that movie's centerpiece setting.
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Redford, who was already familiar with the script and how the characters should be portrayed, worked well with Fonda. If she needed redirection he would take Saks aside, make the point in private, and then Saks would coach her.
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The starring role was turned down by former Redford co-star Natalie Wood, and actresses Sandra Dee, Geraldine Chaplin, Yvette Mimieux, Tuesday Weld, Sue Lyon and 'Nancy Sinatra' were all mentioned in the press as being considered for the lead role of Corie Bratter which was ultimately in the end played by Jane Fonda.
This film was made and released about four years after its source stage play of the same name by Neil Simon was first performed in 1963. The original Broadway production opened at the Biltmore Theater on 23rd October 1963 and ran for 1530 performances until 25th June 1967 which was a month after the film opened in the USA. The play was nominated for four Tony Awards in 1964 including Best Play, Best Actress - Elizabeth Ashley, Best Producer (Dramatic) - Arnold Saint Subber and Best Director (Dramatic) - Mike Nichols, it winning only for the latter category. Robert Redford, Mildred Natwick and Herb Edelman recreated their Broadway roles in this movie version. The play's Broadway run more than doubled the season of Simon's previous play, "Come Blow Your Horn". The play's setting described in the play's intro says: "The Bratter's apartment on East 48th Street, New York City. The present".
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One of around a half-a-dozen Neil Simon written films which have been remade. The movies include Plaza Suite (1971), The Odd Couple (1968), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Sunshine Boys (1975), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Barefoot in the Park (1967) and The Out of Towners (1970).
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This film and its source play Neil Simon "Barefoot in the Park" is considered somewhat similar to Frank Craven's play "The First Year" which like this movie has been filmed three times (See: The First Year (1926); The First Year (1932) and The First Year (1946)).
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
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The amount of time Fonda and Redford spent in the hotel on their honeymoon without coming out was five days. The hotel record was six days. The record was nine days (this is what the maid says) and they spent six days in the room.
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The amount of rent the couple agreed to say that the flat cost to rent was $75.63 cents. This is a price they tell her Mother , they are really paying more
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