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John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965)

During the Cold War, John Goldfarb (Richard Crenna) crashes his spy plane in the Middle East and is taken prisoner by the local government. His captor, King Fawz (Sir Peter Ustinov), soon ... See full summary »

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J. Lee Thompson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Jenny Ericson
Peter Ustinov ... King Fawz
Richard Crenna ... John Goldfarb
Jim Backus ... Miles Whitepaper
Scott Brady ... Coach Sakalakis
Fred Clark ... Heinous Overreach
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Mustafa Guz
Harry Morgan ... Secretary of State Deems Sarajevo
Patrick Adiarte ... Prince Ammud
Richard Deacon ... Secretary of Defense Charles Maginot
Jerome Cowan ... Ambassadaor Brinkley
Leon Askin ... Samir
David Lewis ... Stottle Cronkite
Milton Frome ... Air Force General
Charles Lane ... 'Strife' Magazine Editor
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During the Cold War, John Goldfarb (Richard Crenna) crashes his spy plane in the Middle East and is taken prisoner by the local government. His captor, King Fawz (Sir Peter Ustinov), soon discovers that Goldfarb used to be a college football star. So he issues him an ultimatum: coach his country's football team, or Fawz will surrender him to the Russians. Goldfarb teams up with undercover reporter Jenny Ericson (Shirley MacLaine), and together they plot to escape their dangerous situation.

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It's the happiest, wackiest, zaniest comedy you'll ever see! [UK] See more »

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Trivia

According to Patricia Bosworth's 1978 biography, Montgomery Clift was offered the male lead in this movie, but turned it down. See more »

Goofs

When Shirley first presents herself to the king she is fearful he will "make his move.on her" so she dresses herself to be as undesirable as possible and throws herself on his bed. The next three shots have her legs crossed right over left, then left over right, them back to right over left in quick succession. See more »

Quotes

Jenny Ericson: What did he ask you to do?
Mandy - Harem Girl: Ask? He didn't 'ask' me to do anything. He's the king.
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Connections

Referenced in This Is Us: A Hell of a Week: Part Three (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home
Music by John Williams (as Johnny Williams)
Lyrics by Don Wolf
Sung by Shirley MacLaine during the opening credits
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MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE!
31 May 2004 | by jonacoSee all my reviews

"John Goldfarb, Please Come Home" just might be my all-time favorite movie. I first saw it when I was about 10 and made sure to check it out whenever it ran in those pre-cable days. As a middle-ager who picked up a MAD magazine/Stan Freberg-style sense of humor at age 6 and never outgrew it, "John Goldfarb" covered all the bases- whoops, this was a football movie! The great Peter Ustinov truly carried it as the goofy, model-train-obsessed sheik, and the closing football game was Marx Bros. quality. This one's got everything a fan of pre-"Saturday Night Live" satire can ask for, plus it had Shirley MacLaine before she went into orbit. A young John Williams did the funny score (including the Notre Dame fight song played belly-dancer style). I was just the right age to appreciate the presence of sitcom regulars like Crenna and Backus (I still love "Gilligan"). I'd give anything to find "John Goldfarb" on video. And the kicker? It was written by William Peter Blatty, who scared the daylights out of us with "The Exorcist" a decade later! I prefer this Blatty, thank you. "John Goldfarb, Please Come Home"- the perfect off-the-wall movie for MAD/ Freberg/"Gilligan"/Marx fans of all ages. If you know and love this picture, you're on my A-list for life!


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Language:

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Release Date:

24 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (DeLuxe)

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2.35 : 1
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