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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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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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Additional Details

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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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Natalie Wood was offered the role of Brenda and turned it down.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Brenda Patimkin:Look, I'm not gonna take the pills, and that's the end of it. In the first place, you don't just *take* the pills: you have to start taking them at a specific time.
Neil Klugman:You get a diaphragm.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
saw this when I was 12, 12 December 2005
Author: wbe3 from Australia

I recently saw this film again after seeing it when I was twelve (progressive Jewish parents).

I didn't remember much about it except that Ali MacGraw took her clothes off, that it reminded me A lot of my family at the time, and that there was a very moving scene in a library with Richard Benjamin and a small African American boy.

I was right on all counts -- Ali looks great (her first film), it STILL reminds me of my family and when I showed it to some friends of mine (also Jewish) they all said the same about their families, and the scene in the library is just as I remembered it. I was as moved today, some 36 years later, as I was back then.

A wonderful comedy.

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