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Barefoot in the Park (1967)

G | | Comedy, Romance | 25 May 1967 (USA)
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Paul, a conservative young lawyer, marries the vivacious Corie. Their highly passionate relationship descends into comical discord in a five-flight New York City walk-up apartment.

Director:

Gene Saks

Writers:

Neil Simon (play), Neil Simon (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Redford ... Paul Bratter
Jane Fonda ... Corie Bratter
Charles Boyer ... Victor Velasco
Mildred Natwick ... Ethel Banks
Herb Edelman ... Harry Pepper (as Herbert Edelman)
Mabel Albertson ... Harriet
Fritz Feld ... Restaurant Proprietor
James Stone James Stone ... Delivery Man (as James F. Stone)
Ted Hartley Ted Hartley ... Frank
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Storyline

New Yorkers Paul Bratter and Corie Bratter née Banks have just gotten married. He is a stuffed shirt just starting his career as a lawyer. She is an independently minded free spirit who prides herself on doing the illogical purely out of a sense of adventure, such acts as walking through Washington Square Park barefoot when it's 17°F outside. Their six day honeymoon at the Plaza Hotel shows that they can get to know each other easily in the biblical sense. But they will see if they can get to know each other in their real life when they move into their first apartment, a cozy (in other words, small), slightly broken down top floor unit in a five story walk-up. While Corie joyfully bounds up and down the stairs, Paul, always winded after the fact, hates the fact of having to walk up the six flights of stairs, if one includes the stairs that comprise the outside front stoop. Beyond the issues with the apartment itself, Paul and Corie will have to deal with an odd assortment of neighbors... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Broadway's barest, rarest, unsquarest love play See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Descalzos en el parque See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$19,994,515
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After the role of Corie was turned down by former Redford co-star Natalie Wood, actresses Sandra Dee, Geraldine Chaplin, Yvette Mimieux, Tuesday Weld, Sue Lyon and Nancy Sinatra were all mentioned in the press as being considered for the part, which was ultimately played by Jane Fonda. See more »

Goofs

Opening closeup of kissing in the carriage reveals changes in position of hands and blanket. See more »

Quotes

Corie Bratter: You're almost nearly perfect!
Paul Bratter: That's a rotten thing to say!
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Barefoot in the Park
Written by Neal Hefti and Johnny Mercer
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One of the best
25 September 2004 | by Bondorf39See all my reviews

Despite the electricity of "The Odd Couple" the emotional force of "Lost in Yonkers" and the Depression-era angst of "Brighton Beach Memoirs," this remains the best movie made of a Neil Simon play.

Like "The Odd Couple" it owes most of its enduring success to the chemistry between Jane Fonda and Robert Redford (reprising his role in the Broadway show) as the hapless newlyweds trying desperately to make it work. This is the movie that is responsible for most of the "mismatched" romantic comedies we've ever seen, including "Along Came Polly" and TV's "Dharma and Greg." It proves that flowery romantic prose isn't what makes a great love story, bold heroes and damsels in distress don't make a good love story. No, what makes a good love story are two people who, from start to finish, makes the audience go "Oh, God in heaven, please let them work it out!"

The brilliant dialogue of Mr. Simon, the charm of Mr. Boyer and the majestic backdrop of New York City make this a must-see for anyone who loves 1, comedy, 2, love stories or 3, Robert Redford because after this, he never really made another movie that was at all comparable.

Oh, I just remembered "Laughter on the 23rd Floor." I guess it's a tie for best Neil Simon movie.


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