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Writers:
Philip Roth (novel)
Arnold Schulman (writer)
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Release Date:
21 May 1969 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Every father's daughter is a virgin.
Plot:
A Jewish man and a jewish woman meet and while attracted to each other find that their worlds are very different... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
More Contempory Today Than It Was in 1969 See more (24 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
 
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Julia Tucker .... script supervisor
 

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Runtime:
102 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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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Trivia:
Ali MacGraw is more than 10 years older than the character she plays in the film.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
More Contempory Today Than It Was in 1969, 2 April 2005
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

A splendid film for a lot of reasons. The Phillip Roth novel from which the film was adapted supplies unusually good dialogue for the script and an excellent structure on which the director can hang visual and audio elements that meaningfully support the story. Check out how well the musical score shifts to support the mood of each scene. Then there is an excellent cast.

The title is a reference to the brother, a basketball player at Ohio State in Columbus, who frequently listens to an OSU sports commentary that signs off with "Goodbye Columbus". And the song lyrics "Hello life, goodbye Columbus" relate to leaving the protection of home/school to face the world.

Although "Goodbye Columbus" is usually thought of as the "The Graduate" with a different ending, it is much more like "Adam at 6AM". The three films were made at the very end of the 1960's, all had a searching young man as their main character, and all revolved around a new romantic relationship. But in "Goodbye Columbus" and "Adam" the tension is not between different generations but between different backgrounds and values. In both the young man eventually realizes that these differences cannot be overcome and both films go out with shots of him leaving.

At the time of its release "Goodbye Columbus" was more dated than the other two more "with-it" movies, which at least acknowledge the counterculture changes that were taking place at the time. Ironically, 35 years later, its failure to incorporate these references make it the least dated of the three films.

The soundtrack album featuring "The Association" (and incidental music composed by Charles Fox) was probably the kiss of death for that group's credibility whatever their musical merits. While cool to be part of an outside film like "Easy Rider", it was uncool to be associated with a Hollywood product like "Goodbye Columbus". This was the summer of Woodstock and by then "The Association" had pretty much lost their audience. In addition to the title song they contributed "It's Gotta Be Real" and "So Kind To Me."

It's two most famous scenes have held up very well: the montage of Ali MacGraw swimming during the title sequence and the comical wedding guests "pig-out" at the buffet table.

This was the film that really introduced fashion model Ali MacGraw to movie viewers. She was 28 playing a 21 year-old college student. Much more believably than just a year later in the somewhat pathetic "Love Story". Physically MacGraw passes fine for a younger woman and being older probably helped her hold her own in scenes with the more experienced Richard Benjamin, Nan Martin, and Jack Klugman. She is excellent in this role and manages to stay accessible and genuine while also projecting poise, grace and beauty.

Benjamin's character is genuinely attracted to MacGraw but seems to maintain a healthy skepticism about the romance (along with pretty much everything in life). MacGraw's Brenda finds him attractive because of his differences but she is really her Daddy's girl and her rebellion is more playful than serious. The best scene is the father-daughter session at the wedding very late in the film. Jack Klugman character knows just the right buttons to push and it is at this point that you know the romance is truly doomed.

The cinematography is first-rate and while the widescreen DVD showcases this, it has been inexcusably trimmed to qualify it for a "PG" rating. The DVD version is only 101 minutes long. Entire sequences have been deleted including the critical first sex sequence where birth control methods are discussed (foreshadowing) and the sequence with the rationale for his moving in with the family for two weeks. Also missing is all the vaguely graphic elements dealing with her initial refusal to have sex. If you are a first time viewer watching the DVD version and find puzzling narrative gaps in the story or incomplete motivational explanations, the trimming is the reason. The trimmed sequences are on the "R" rated VHS, so to see this as intended (widescreen and uncut) you will need to buy both the DVD and the VHS and reconstruct things.

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