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Goodbye, Columbus
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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:
Mildly interesting social commentary. 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
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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
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
 
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The Association .... music performers: title song
Jim Yester .... composer: original theme
 
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Julia Tucker .... script supervisor
 

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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) | Sweden:Btl | USA:R (original rating) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
Natalie Wood was offered the role of Brenda and turned it down.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Mildly interesting social commentary., 7 September 1999
Author: Penfold-13

Many of Philip Roth's novels plough the same furrow. A sane, rational, sensible Jewish man has a difficult life because of oppressive Jewish society amongst well-off New Yorkers, in which women are capricious, malevolent, and obsessed with frippery and social position. This one is an example.

Richard Benjamin, often looking remarkably like Rowan Atkinson, plays Philip Roth (under the name of Neil Klugman), opposite Ali McGraw in her first cinema role. She's a Jewish-American Princess - and this was probably the movie which exposed this species to the world outside New York State.

Everybody except Roth is incredibly shallow and boneheaded, although the father, nicely played by Jack Klugman, is allowed a certain rough honest grace and decency.

The main message one gets from the film is that the wealthy of Westchester County are unpleasant people, Jewish-American Princesses especially so, but even they pale in comparison with their ghastly mothers.

In the book, Roth's ability as a writer enlivens the proceedings, but his verbal felicity isn't translated into the visuals of the screenplay, and the film is laboured.



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