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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 Here! At Last! Not a Scene Cut! Not a Word Changed! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A braccia aperte 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

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 I Spy: No Exchange on Damaged Merchandise (1965) 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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A Hilarious Farce, Trashed by Politically Correct Prigs
28 December 2000 | by jacksflicksSee all my reviews

Only politically correct prigs and other humorless types will fail to enjoy this over-the-top farce. (Including some here, one of whom doesn't like "Michael" Myers, so consider the source.) The plot involves a dim U-2 pilot (Richard Crenna) who takes a wrong turn and lands in the oil-soaked desert domain of a zany sheik, a dippy journalist (Shirley MacLane) trapped in his harem, State Department bureaucrats, the Notre Dame football team, and other innocents who find themselves asea in the sand.

Everyone's insulted, so everyone should have a good time. Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau was classic, but Peter Ustinov's King Fawz is something else again. If you see "John Goldfarb" in your TV listings, gather your craziest crowd, pass the stash, and laugh away the evening on this crazy flick.


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