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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  16 January 1970 (France)
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Documentary film-maker Bob Saunders and his wife Carol attend a group therapy session that serves as the backdrop for the opening scenes of the film. Returning to their Los Angeles home, ... See full summary »

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Horst Ebersberg ...
Horst
Lee Bergere ...
Emilio
Donald F. Muhich ...
Psychiatrist
Noble Lee Holderread Jr. ...
K.T. Stevens ...
Phyllis
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Susan
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Cutter
Linda Burton ...
Stewardess
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Tim - Group Leader
Andre Philippe ...
Oscar
Diane Berghoff ...
Myrna
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Documentary film-maker Bob Saunders and his wife Carol attend a group therapy session that serves as the backdrop for the opening scenes of the film. Returning to their Los Angeles home, the newly "enlightened" couple chastise their closest friends, Ted and Alice, for not coming to grips with their true feelings. Bob insists that everyone "feel" rather than intellectualize their emotions, and Carol pronounces "that's beautiful" after anyone says anything even remotely personal. Ted and Alice humor their friends, but it is obvious that there is a good-natured sexual tension at work within the foursome. Written by filmfactsman

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Actors who turned down roles in the film included Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld, Jane Fonda and Faye Dunaway. See more »

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In the restaurant kitchen, Carol takes hold of the waiter's left hand. In the next shot, she is holding his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Psychiatrist: When we come right up to the sex, you become embarrassed.
Alice Henderson: What am I... What would you like... What am I supposed to think?
Psychiatrist: I have no wants. Say what you think you'd like to say.
Alice Henderson: Do you think I need this? Do you really think you can help me?
Psychiatrist: I think it'd be useful to talk some more. I don't know for sure if I can help you or not. Do you think you can help yourself?
Alice Henderson: Ted is a very nervous man! Now sex is very important to a man! You know that!
Psychiatrist: Well, it seems that our time is up for today.
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I Needs to Be Be'd With
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Words and Music by Ernie Shelby and Quincy Jones
Sung by Johnnie Wesley
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This movie holds up!
30 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I rented this movie because I remembered one scene from 35 years ago. I was astounded to see that the whole movie holds up very well. The 4 leads are terrific (Natalie Wood and Dyan Canon are beautiful, by the way, and Robert Culp hits just the right note with his "sensitive-new- age-guy" hip/naive performance) and you can see director Paul Mazursky's touch with what seems to be stretches of impromptu dialog I found true.

The movie also does a great job of balancing drama with farce, superficiality with intimacy.

The scenes at the Esalen-type retreat start at as spoof but evolve into real empathy. Parenthetically, check out the fashions in this film. There is one scene in a discotheque that Mazursky must have known even then would be a source of laughter and certainly, today, it's a hoot.


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