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John and Mary (1969)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  14 December 1969 (USA)
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John and Mary meet in a singles bar, sleep together, and spend the next day getting to know each other.

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John
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James
Sunny Griffin ...
Ruth
Stanley Beck ...
Ernest
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Hilary
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Jane
Julie Garfield ...
Fran
Marvin Lichterman ...
Dean
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Mags Elliot
Susan Taylor ...
Minnie
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John's Mother
Carl Parker ...
The Tennis Player
Richard Clarke ...
Charlie
Alexander Cort ...
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It's the morning after John and Mary's first sexual encounter with each other, which took place in his New York City loft apartment. They had only met for the first time the previous evening at a crowded trendy pick-up bar. They are both uncomfortable with the situation but don't want to show that discomfort to the other. They both realize that they don't know anything substantial about the other - including not even knowing each other's name - as each tries through whatever secret means to find out with who he/she just slept. As they slowly find out more about the other, they inject their own perception into the information, which is sometimes not quite reality. Over the next few hours, they, together and individually, will try to determine if there is any potential future for them, which includes their thoughts about the current most significant other in their respective lives, one who is more significant than the other, and their feelings about what they think the other person is ... Written by Huggo

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It's not your mother's love story!

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Drama | Romance

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When 'Ruth Gordon' won her Supporting Actress Oscar for Rosemary's Baby (1968) in April 1969, she was asked backstage by the reporters if Mia Farrow was upset at being overlooked for a nomination in the same film. "Nahhh," Gordon replied, "Besides she'll win it next year for John and Mary (1969)." Alas, Farrow was snubbed for this film as well. See more »

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Mary: I don't want anymore to do with it. Not with jealousy, competition, the sound of bugles when we're all meant to line up for battle. When the bugle blows, I want to go home quietly. Lock the door, take off the telephone. I'll wash my hair, watch the saturday night movie and go to bed with a plate of cornflakes. I can do that most efficiently. I can vanish.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Maybe Tomorrow
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
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Not the worst observation.... on behavior
27 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

and one night stands in NYC. Not the most original, or flattering, either. Which is perhaps where the film and theme deserves credit.

Farrow is understated, Dustin Hoffmman his usual self (think Kramer vs Kramer) However for the subject matter, the film does succeed on several levels.

Farrow remembers her pointless affair with a politician (Michael Tolan) who often played these roles. Hoffman was in a previous relationship with Sunny Griffin (a has-been model) who takes him for granted.

Overalll a time piece which shows some shallowness, awkwardness, and the hopes of those, still attempting relationships. The human factor is what redeems the story. 8/10.


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