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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

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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Notre Dame University got a court injunction to delay the release of this movie, claiming Twentieth Century Fox had "knowingly and illegally misappropriated, diluted, and commercially exploited for their private profit the names, symbols, football team, prestige, high reputation, and goodwill" of the university. After three months of court battles, the studio won out. 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 Joel King: Man with a Camera (2015) 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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Frenetic, offensive, and coarse
5 September 1999 | by KirasjeriSee all my reviews

Richard Crenna plays a U-2 spy plane pilot too stupid to find Russia and who runs out of fuel and crashes in what must be Saudi Arabia.(This is vaguely reminiscent of the Francis Gary Powers story of several years earlier, although he ended up in Moskow). Shirley Maclaine ends up in a harem. Although frenetic and wild, this movie is filled with smarmy sex jokes, comedy on the level of a burlesque house, and offensive ethnic stereotypes; the Arabs are the only group that can still be insulted publicly. Peter Ustinov, always marvelous, was admittedly funny as the Arab king. I suppose this vulgar movie, ripped without mercy by critics at the time, will appeal to the same thirteen year-old boys who like the slob humor of Adam Sandler or Michael Myers, but for adults it's "no sale"! John Goldfarb DON'T come home!


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