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Goodbye, Columbus (1969)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 May 1969 (France)
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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 archetypical 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 archetypical 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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Early in the film, Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw's characters go to a cinema which is playing the film The Odd Couple (1968). Their costar in the film, Jack Klugman, went on to star in the TV series based on that film. See more »

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At the dinner table, Julie is told that it is earlier in Columbus, where Harriet is calling from, than where she lives in New York. In fact both cities are in the same Eastern Standard Time Zone. In the book, Harriet is calling from Milwaukee in the Central Time Zone, which is correct. However, when the screenplay changed her location to Columbus, the writer failed to realize this fact and change the dialog or the city. See more »

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Brenda Patimkin: Are you serious?
Neil Klugman: I'm way the hell past serious: I'm suicidal.
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References The Odd Couple (1968) See more »

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Hava Nagila
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[Played at the wedding]
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Ali MacGraw's first movie
6 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the introduction of Ali MacGraw to movie audiences. I can't think of anyone who could have played Brenda Patimkin more believably. She is perfectly cast, as the spoiled, self-involved, smart, gorgeous princess daughter of a wealthy Jewish family. No one plays spoiled, bright and beautiful better than Ali MacGraw.

I also love Richard Benjamin as her unmotivated, anything but ambitious suitor, Neil Klugman. He is the antithesis of everything Brenda and her family epitomize. The dichotomy is that while he espouses supposed disdain for all they represent -- he is more than willing to be seduced.

There is a classic scene where Neil is stuffing his pockets full of grapes and is caught by the younger sister. He tries to hide the fact that his pockets are gorged with luscious fruit. But she calls him out on what he is doing.

The romance is a departure for Brenda. Neil, though Jewish, is a forbidden fruit of sorts. He is not ambitious or destined to be successful husband material. Therefore he is a completely inappropriate choice of suitor for Brenda. This of course makes him all the more attractive -- at least temporarily for Brenda who is rebelling against her mother.


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