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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:
Godfrey Cambridge ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


Although Jewish tradition requires a closed casket, an open casket is seen as part of a plot point at a Jewish funeral. 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 Frontier Marshal (1939) See more »

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Funny eulogy for a time and place
14 August 2009 | by (Guam) – See all my reviews

This is on my list of Ten Most Underrated Films of All Time. It is also both heart-rending and funny. Its heart-rending because it is a souvenir of a time and place gone by that captures the moment perfectly, in much the same way as Secaucus Seven did for a somewhat younger generation. Additionally, like Return of the Secaucus Seven, it is filled with marvelous performances--reminding people why George Segal was considered a very promising talent--and its script and pacing make it very, very funny. For people who have raised on Seinfeld, Bye Bye Braverman is a much more accurate depiction of how bright, normal people in New York can be funny, tragic, and a delight to watch. And all of this from a plot that consists of, "So, how do we get to the funeral from here?"

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