John and Mary meet in a singles bar, sleep together, and spend the next day getting to know each other.

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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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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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John: The great thing is, if men can cook at all, women think it's wonderful.
Mary: Well, it is.
John: No, it's not. It's really a legend. Like sex and black men.
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Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999) See more »

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Maybe Tomorrow
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
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A minor masterpiece
10 May 2004 | by (Ipswich, Suffolk) – See all my reviews

This is an all but forgotten little gem by Peter (Bullit) Yates, who uses a sensitive and witty script by the excellent John Mortimer.

The direction, acting, and general tone are near perfect. Alas it was probably super cool for a year or two after it's release and nothing dates like 1960s high fashion.

You may catch it on a late night TV channel - if so, postpone your bedtime for 90 minutes or so and enjoy!

Last thought - This film may have been the source for Woody Allen's famous and celebrated "subtitles" scene in Annie Hall, made several years later with Mia Farrow.


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