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Goodbye, Columbus (1969)

A Jewish man and a Jewish woman meet and while attracted to each other, find that their worlds are very different. She is the archtypical Jewish American Princess, very emotionally involved... See full summary »

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Neil Klugman
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Brenda Patimkin
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Ben Patimkin
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Mrs. Ben Patimkin
Michael Meyers ...
Ron Patimkin
Lori Shelle ...
Julie Patimkin
Monroe Arnold ...
Uncle Leo
Kay Cummings ...
Doris Klugman
Sylvie Strause ...
Aunt Gladys
Royce Wallace ...
Carlotta
Anthony McGowan ...
Boy in Library
Mari Gorman ...
Laura Simpson Sockaloe
Chris Schenkel ...
Voice on Columbus Record (voice)
Jay Jostyn ...
Voice on Columbus Record (voice)
Jan Peerce ...
Uncle Manny
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A Jewish man and a Jewish woman meet and while attracted to each other, find that their worlds are very different. She is the archtypical Jewish American Princess, very emotionally involved with her parents' world, and the world they have created for her, while he is much less dependent on his family. They begin an affair, which brings more differences to the surface. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Every father's daughter is a virgin.

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21 May 1969 (France)  »

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Goodbye Columbus  »

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French censorship certificate: -13. See more »

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At one point Chris Schenkel mentions the "red and white" in reference to Ohio State. Anyone who was ever near Columbus (or followed the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry) knows that the colors are "scarlet and gray". (The incorrect "red/white" reference to the Ohio State Buckeyes comes from Philip Roth's book itself; see in Chapter 7, page 104, line 7 from the top [Houghton Mifflin Co. edition, 1959].) See more »

Quotes

Neil Klugman: Hey, I meant to ask you. About those pills, don't you have to take them in the morning? Does it make a difference when you take them?
Brenda Patimkin: I don't take them.
Neil Klugman: [drops his soap bar in astonishment]
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Referenced in The Flying Nun: Hello Columbus (1970) See more »

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Isn't It Romantic?
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Music by Richard Rodgers
[Instrumental version plays on Ron's stereo]
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A likable film from a different era.
14 June 2004 | by (Leominster Mass USA) – See all my reviews

The look of the film is very 1969 (the year it came out), but the attitudes are very much 1962. Two Dartmouth students yell with glee when they meet at a party that one is Class of '64 and the other is Class of '66. Brenda, the female lead character, relates how surprised she was when as a little girl her father had shown her 2 $100 bills. She had never seen a $100 bill before.

For a modern audience to enjoy this film, you have to look at it as a period piece. After all, the film's tag line is "Every father's daughter is a virgin". You know you are not in 2004. Not all of the biting satire still holds, but the romance does. Both Ali MacGraw and Jack Klugman give very warm, appealing performances.

It is amazing how many thing have changed in the last 35 years...and how many thing haven't changed. An interesting film from a time when there were "good girls" and "bad girls" and a bride wearing white meant something.


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