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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sunny Griffin ...
Stanley Beck ...
Julie Garfield ...
Marvin Lichterman ...
Mags Elliot
Susan Taylor ...
John's Mother
Carl Parker ...
The Tennis Player
Richard Clarke ...
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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Release Date:

14 December 1969 (USA)  »

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John & Mary  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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2.35 : 1
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Uncredited Jeff Bridges sang his own song "Lost In Space" on soundtrack of this movie. See more »


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 Changes (1970) See more »


Maybe Tomorrow
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
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Mia Farrow and Dustin Hoffman pairing...very interesting.
11 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it opened in 1969. My memory may be clouded by the past, but I remember enjoying the teaming of Mia Farrow and Dustin Hoffman very much.

Both actors are very good in this movie. It's a small intimate two character story and depicts the "one-night" stand morals that were just beginning to take hold.

The conceit is they don't ask each other's name until the end.

Mia had just completed "Rosemary's Baby" and Dustin had "The Graduate." They were young and especially successful as actors.

I highly recommend it, if you can find it.

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