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Goodbye, Columbus -- A Jewish man and a Jewish woman meet and while attracted to each other find that their worlds are very different.


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Philip Roth (novel)
Arnold Schulman (writer)
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Release Date:
21 May 1969 (France) See more »
Every father's daughter is a virgin.
A Jewish man and a jewish woman meet and while attracted to each other find that their worlds are very different... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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A delightful movie that runs the risk of being forgotten. See more (26 total) »


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Richard Benjamin ... Neil Klugman

Ali MacGraw ... Brenda Patimkin

Jack Klugman ... Ben Patimkin

Nan Martin ... 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
Max Peerce ... Uncle Max
Rey Baumel ... Uncle Harry (as Ray Baumel)
Delos V. Smith Jr. ... Mr. Scapelle
Gail Ommerle ... Harriet
David Benedict ... The Rabbi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bill Derringer ... John McKee (uncredited)
Julie Garfield ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Betty Grayson ... Aunt Molly (uncredited)

Susan Lucci ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Bette Midler ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Michael Nouri ... Don Farber (uncredited)
Reuben Schafer ... Uncle Max (uncredited)

Jaclyn Smith ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Elaine Swain ... Sarah Ehrlich (uncredited)
Richard Wexler ... Busboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Larry Peerce 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philip Roth  novel
Arnold Schulman  writer

Produced by
Stanley R. Jaffe .... producer
Original Music by
Charles Fox 
Cinematography by
Enrique Bravo 
Gerald Hirschfeld 
Film Editing by
Ralph Rosenblum 
Art Direction by
Emanuel Gerard 
Costume Design by
Gene Coffin 
Makeup Department
Enrico Cortese .... makeup artist
Jay Cannistraci .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Tony LaMarca .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Barnett .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Alec Hirschfeld .... first assistant camera
Ron Zarilla .... second assistant camera
Tom Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ron Kalish .... assistant editor
Music Department
The Association .... music performers: title song
Jim Yester .... composer: original theme
Other crew
Julia Tucker .... script supervisor

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102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Ireland:(Banned) | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Sweden:Btl | USA:R (original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:18

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Lesley Ann Warren was supposed to play Brenda, but became pregnant and was replaced.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A delightful movie that runs the risk of being forgotten., 2 January 2009
Author: ClaraHerald from Canada

This film oozes charm. There are some similarities to "The Graduate" but messages conveyed are less heavy-handed. There are so many memorable scenes: the kid in the library, introducing college grads to each other, the wedding, etc. The casting is excellent and the resemblance of the younger daughter to the father is uncanny. The character "Ron" steals the show in some respects (I love to shake hands as he does when I encounter snobs). This is probably Richard Benjamin's best role and finest performance. I first saw this film when I was about ten. I've seen it about four times in total. It's certainly not for everyone. If you loved "Top Gun", skip it. If you like to champion good films that have been overlooked, check it out.

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