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Writers:
Paul Mazursky (written by) and
Larry Tucker (written by)
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Release Date:
16 January 1970 (France) See more »
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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice request the company of your pleasure. See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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An anti-Sixties '60s film See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Natalie Wood ... Carol Sanders

Robert Culp ... Bob Sanders

Elliott Gould ... Ted Henderson

Dyan Cannon ... Alice Henderson
Horst Ebersberg ... Horst
Lee Bergere ... Emilio
Donald F. Muhich ... Psychiatrist
Noble Lee Holderread Jr. ... Sean Sanders
K.T. Stevens ... Phyllis

Celeste Yarnall ... Susan

Lynn Borden ... Cutter
Linda Burton ... Stewardess

Greg Mullavey ... Tim - Group Leader
Andre Philippe ... Oscar
Diane Berghoff ... Myrna
John Halloran ... Conrad
Susan Merin ... Toby
Jeffrey Walker ... Roger
Vicki Thal ... Jane
Joyce Easton ... Wendy
Howard Dayton ... Howard
Alida Ihle ... Alida
John Brent ... Dave
Garry Goodrow ... Bert
Carol O'Leary ... Sue
Constance Egan ... Norma
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Black ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Davana Caryl ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Florence Clayton ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Bill Cosby ... Nightclub Patron in Hat (uncredited)
Philip de Firmian ... Susan's Date (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Man Outside Hotel (uncredited)
Jerry Franks ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Leif Garrett ... Jimmy Henderson (uncredited)

Michael Z. Gordon ... Waiter (uncredited)
Marshall Ho'o ... Dr. Ho'o (uncredited)
Bill Kelly ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Walter Kightly ... Bob's Friend (uncredited)

Hawk Koch ... El Taco Employee (voice) (uncredited)
Devra Korwin ... Booth Woman (uncredited)
Saverio LoMedico ... Owner (uncredited)
Ivan Markota ... Bartender (uncredited)
Sally Marr ... Model (uncredited)

Paul Mazursky ... Man Screaming at the Institute (uncredited)
Doreen McLean ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Fredricka Meyers ... Cover Girl (uncredited)
Celeste Michaels ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Susana Miranda ... Girl on Airplane (uncredited)
Tony Mirelez ... Busboy (uncredited)
Mike Morris ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jan Narramore ... Model (uncredited)
Leig Nervik ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John S. Ragin ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Richard Reed ... Waiter at Chianti's (uncredited)
Mark Rhudy ... Father at Birthday Party (uncredited)
Nanci Roberts ... Model (uncredited)
David Roya ... Waiter (uncredited)

Connie Sawyer ... Waitress (uncredited)
Milli Schuber ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Margaret Teele ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tereza Thaw ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Man Outside Hotel (uncredited)
Larry Tucker ... Bearded Man Walking in Front of Hotel (uncredited)
Renata Vanni ... Chianti Woman (uncredited)

Joey D. Vieira ... Dishwasher (uncredited)
Al Ward ... Chef (uncredited)
Paula Warner ... Model (uncredited)
Louis Whitehill ... Car Attendant (uncredited)
Pamebla Woolman ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Mazursky 
 
Writing credits
Paul Mazursky (written by) and
Larry Tucker (written by)

Produced by
M.J. Frankovich .... executive producer
Larry Tucker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles E. Lang)
 
Film Editing by
Stuart H. Pappé 
 
Art Direction by
Pato Guzman 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
William O'Sullivan .... executive production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Ray .... assistant director
Hawk Koch .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Max Frankel .... property master
 
Sound Department
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
Dean Thomas .... sound
Dicken Berglund .... voiceover mixer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Miriam Nelson .... choreographer
Margaret Hanly .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
105 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Paula Prentiss was considered for role played by Dyan Cannon.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera crew's reflection visible during the opening helicopter shots.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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30 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
An anti-Sixties '60s film, 25 July 2001
Author: krumski from Cincinnati, Ohio

Any film made during the "Swinging Sixties" is almost sure to look silly to us today - a plethora of "groovy man"s as well as doped-up pontifications about "letting it all hang out" and becoming one of the "beautiful people", all served up with garish camera tricks and gaudy production design. You know, "Austin Powers" but without the wink-wink knowingness.

(NOTE: To see how a so-called "classic" can be killed by the passage of time - and the absence of pharmaceuticals in one's system - check out "Easy Rider". That is, if you can stand it.)

On the surface, "B&C&T&A" seems to be in line with such films: it is, after all, how a quartet of middle class "squares" become indoctrinated into the hippie values of free love and "doing your own thing." However, the film uses that set-up as a means to deflate - gently and good naturedly - those very values. For, as the group becomes more uninhibited and "with it," the more goofy and ridiculous they all seem. This is particularly true of Robert Culp and Natalie Wood (Bob and Carol), as they take on the hippie philosophy full-bore and unquestionably. Casting here is impeccable: seeing the square-jawed, All-American looking Culp (then the epitome of middle-brow, as star of "I Spy") utter lines straight out of the Dennis Hopper - Peter Fonda playbook is just unutterably funny; he's got the words all right, but the music is woefully wrong. Same thing with Natalie Wood; can there be anyone more whitebread than her? The more she attempts to be "groovy" the more perfectly square she seems, particularly as Carol appears to just be parroting everything her husband says and does in adopting this new lifestyle. Quite the opposite of "liberation", wouldn't you say?

Perhaps funnier, though, are Elliot Gould and Dyan Cannon as Ted and Alice, since they get to register all the (comic) shock and horror of their friends' complete abandonment of rationality. And the equally strong undercurrents of jealousy that their friends are getting to enjoy all the freedom and sexual gratification that they themselves, as good well-behaved members of society - are missing out on. Cannon's neurotic sessions with her psychiatrist - where she continually broaches, and then backs off of, what's really troubling her - provide wonderful moments of comic denial and delusion.

What the film ultimately exposes is the moral vacuity of much of the hippie philosophy - that happiness and feeling good about oneself are not all there is to life, and that focusing too narrowly on them leads ultimately to emptiness. It also makes the subtle point, however, that much of what might initially have been good about hippie thought (or at least, the thoughts of those who inspired the hippies in the first place) was oversimplified and thereby corrupted when the middle class tried to incorporate it, seizing only upon those elements of it which seemed "fun" or "a turn-on" to them. Let's face it: how much of the so-called Woodstock Nation really had any deep political or philosophical commitments; most were just middle class kids turned on to the immediate buzz of easy drugs, free sex, and rebellion for its own sake. Likewise, cosmetic changes such as longer hair or listening to rock'n'roll didn't necessarily change the minds or policies of many in the power structure. As John Lennon said in 1971: "The Sixties didn't change anything. The same b***ards are in power now, it's just they've all got long hair."

I don't mean to suggest that the film gets into issues like this directly; it is never less than a pleasant and even sunny comedy. But these issues in a very real way undergird the film and make it ahead of its time. Released in 1969, "Bob, Carol et al. . ." displays a jaundiced attitude about the counterculture - at least, the middle-class *embrace* of the counterculture - that wouldn't come widely into vogue until at least a decade later. Indeed, the film almost seems contemporary in its bemused and dismissive view of Sixties mores. Austin Powers fans would do well to check it out.

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