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21 October 1971 (Argentina) See more »
The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Mike Nichols 
Writing credits
Jules Feiffer (written by)

Produced by
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer
Mike Nichols .... producer
Clive Reed .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno 
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
Art Direction by
Robert Luthardt 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
Costume Design by
Anthea Sylbert 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Lorraine Roberson .... hair styles supervisor
Charles H. Schram .... makeup supervisor (as Charles Schram)
Production Management
Joe L. Cramer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Zinnemann .... assistant director
Art Department
Robert Schultz .... property master
Sound Department
Larry Jost .... sound recordist (as Lawrence O. Jost)
Richard Portman .... sound re-recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde Hart .... key grip
Mary Ellen Mark .... still photographer
Rodolfo Bramucci .... gaffer (uncredited)
Giuseppe Maccari .... camera operator (uncredited)
Piero Servo .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Stu Linder .... editorial assistant
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Meta Rebner .... script supervisor (as Meta Wilde)
Gordon Arnell .... unit publicist (uncredited)
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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
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After auditioning numerous actresses for the leading character role of Bobbi, Mike Nichols agreed to see Ann-Margret, whom he remembered being very impressed with in Kitten with a Whip (1964), six plus years earlier.See more »
[first lines]
Jonathan:If you had a choice...
Jonathan:Would you rather love a girl, or have her love you?
Sandy:I want it mutual.
Jonathan:I mean if you couldn't have it mutual.
Sandy:You mean would I rather be the one who loves, or is loved?
Sandy:It's not that easy a question. But, I think I'd rather be in love.
Jonathan:Me too.
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A pure masterpiece., 8 March 2008
Author: dead47548 from United States

Just like Nichols' later masterpiece Closer, Carnal Knowledge expertly deals with romances falling apart, coming back together and the study of lust and it's many complications. And just like Closer the dialogue and relationships in the film feel more authentic than virtually anything else I've ever seen. All of the arguments and especially the conversations between Jonathan and Sandy felt so natural, humorous and somewhat depressing. It evoked all of the emotions that lust in life does and perfectly demonstrates how rare true love and happiness is. The performances were all incredible and Ann-Margret more than deserved her nomination (the win in my opinion) but Jack Nicholson really shines above the rest of the cast. His realism, intensity and humor was top-notch to say the least. He also displays this internal pain that I can't even describe, but stunned me to my core. I felt like I could really relate to the character and that made his actions even more devastating to me.

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