Bye Bye Braverman (1968)

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Four Jewish intellectuals carpool to the funeral of their old friend Leslie Braverman, who died suddenly at age 41.



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Cast overview:
Phyllis Newman ...
Myra Mandelbaum
Felix Ottensteen
Holly Levine
Zohra Lampert ...
Etta Rieff
The Rabbi
Susan Wyler ...
Leib Lensky ...


Friends gather for the funeral of a friend. Sub-plots unfold as the group attempts to link-up to attend the funeral of their friend, Braverman. Written by <>

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This motion picture is conceived to erase the memory of Leslie Braverman who had the poor taste to drop dead, without warning, thereby inflicting on his family and friends all sorts of burdensome inconveniences--like, for openers, the funeral... See more »


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21 February 1968 (USA)  »

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Addio Braverman  »

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At the funeral home where Alan King, as the Rabbi, is delivering a eulogy he references living one's life as "007." The next shot is of Joseph Wiseman who played "Dr No" in the James Bond movie of the same name; Wiseman's character. See more »


When the VW is first seen it has a license plate of 2G-9193, but after it is hit by a taxi, the plate is 2G-9194 for the remainder of the movie. (Of note, the characters do not change vehicles as this occurs during a driving scene.) See more »


Morroe Rieff: [Walking through the cemetery] Look at them. quite a crowd!
Felix Ottensteen: [Crankily] Nobody here. all I see is granite!
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References Shoeshine (1946) See more »

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Braverman takes the big trip and his friends want to see him off
2 July 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Bye Bye Braverman is yet another Sidney Lumet valentine to New York City as four friends react to the sudden passing of their friend Leslie Braverman at the tender age of 41. It's the kind of passing and the age and suddenness for the victim have left all four of them in a state of flux.

George Segal, Joseph Wiseman, Sorrell Booke, and Jack Warden are the four friends all hit hard with the news and all now feeling their mortality and are concerned. They all feel an obligation of some kind to see poor Braverman off on the big trip.

It helps to be of Jewish heritage and from New York to appreciate Bye Bye Braverman. Imagine four men squeezed into Sorrell Booke's little Volkswagen, one of them Joseph Wiseman makes no secret of his disdain for Booke in purchasing a German car.

They set out from Manhattan to the funeral parlor which is on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn which is kind of like a residential Champs Elysees in the borough of homes and churches. On the way they have all kinds of adventures including a fender bender with a black driver who is well versed in Jewish idiom played nicely by Godfrey Cambridge. The day is topped off by a voluble rabbi Alan King who can't find enough words to give a proper eulogy to the deceased.

Bye Bye Braverman is funny and bittersweet and kind of sad in its own way. Sidney Lumet got some great performances out of his ensemble cast, most especially from Sorrell Booke who is not a fan of driving three back seat drivers. Nice film to see, especially if you live in New York.

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