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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
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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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Consider the Possibilities See more »

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16 January 1970 (France)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Karen Black auditioned for the part of Alice. See more »

Goofs

When Ted is in the pool talking to Bob, he says "I called home to make sure the kids were okay," using the plural "kids" - but they only have one child. See more »

Quotes

Alice Henderson: He wanted to know why I had a tee-tee...
Psychiatrist: Pardon me? I don't know what a tee-tee is.
Alice Henderson: A vagina.
Psychiatrist: Oh, it's a pet expression of yours.
Alice Henderson: Yes, you know words: tee-tee, tinkle, po-po, wee-wee, kee-kee, poo-poo.
Psychiatrist: I had never heard tee-tee before.
Alice Henderson: What expression do you use with your children?
Psychiatrist: Vagina.
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Burbank Brown
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Instrumental by Sweet Progress
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INSIGHT! INSIGHT!
24 August 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. Although some people may classify it as "dated," the concepts that it deals with are worth exploring today. How honest are we to one another? How often do we actually look at people? And what is love?

From its opening shots (tooling up PCH in a cool car) to its closing ones (people really looking at each other), it's a true work of art. The beginning truly captures the free and concept-expanding atmosphere that is the Esalen Institute, which itself has not changed much since then. Screen goddess Natalie Wood, in one of her best roles, inhabits the honesty and sexual freedom that is Carol. Robert Culp is a strong counterpart to her as Bob. The more repressed couple, Eliott Gould and Dyan Cannon, are perfect.

Along the way, they explore the boundaries of sexuality, monogamy and friendship, and realize that some lines are better left uncrossed. To me, it puts a very fine point on what was going on in the 60s, and where exactly we went wrong.

SEE THIS FILM. It'll give you insight. Promise.


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