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Me, Natalie (1969)

M  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  6 February 1970 (Norway)
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Natalie Miller
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Shirley Norton
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Philip Sterling ...
Mr. Miller
Deborah Winters ...
Betty
Ron Hale ...
Stanley Dexter (as Ronald Hale)
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Harvey Belman
Ann Thomas ...
Mrs. Schroder
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Tony
Catherine Burns ...
Hester
Robbi Morgan ...
Natalie, Age 7 (as Robyn Morgan)
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Since she was a child, Natalie Miller has always thought she was an ugly ducking. Despite her mother's encouragement that she will grow up to be pretty, Natalie has never believed it will happen. She rents a Greenwich Village apartment from an eccentric landlady and gets a job at the Topless Bottom Club. She rides a motorcycle to work, decorates her loft with a moose head, and rides up and down a dumbwaiter to get to her apartment. There Natalie meets David an artist, and the two have a love affair before she discovers he is married. Written by alfiehitchie

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I guess I really didn't need help finding a husband... what I needed was help finding myself. That's really why I left home, mama. I figured the best way to find out who I really am is to stop being what you want me to be and start being what I want me to be... See more »

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Patty Duke writes that she fought with director Fred Coe on the set, due to a manic depressive episode. She fiercely challenged the ending with Natalie remaining independent, saying, "It may not have been as noble, but there's no way she was going to give up that man. It might have made a more successful picture had they stayed together, but by then nobody was interested in what I thought the ending should be." See more »

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Lyrics by Rod McKuen
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Sweet, But Dated...
22 March 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I finally managed to secure a 16mm transfer of ME, NATALIE on NTSC VHS cassette after searching for this film for nearly nine years. I originally found it on Japanese laserdisc in a video store in Manhattan in 1994 but the price was $75.00 and I was hardly about to spend that kind of money!

Al Pacino has a less-than 60-second role in this 1969 "people will love you for the person you are inside" drama starring Patty Duke and Martin Balsam. I always liked Balsam, and he had me giggling after he discourses on the virtues of being homely, then announces his decision to marry a stripper! He's a true male chauvanist pig. LOL

Nancy Marchand is very good as Duke's mother, but the screenplay suffers from a preachy tone that gets to be a real turn-off by the end of the film. A running time of 90 minutes would have been plenty rather than the nearly 107 minutes that it does run.

I love movies shot in New York City, and this film does an ample job of capturing the aura of city life at that time.

Worth seeing for the performances, plus seeing Livia Soprano 30 years younger is a treat...


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