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Barefoot in the Park (1967)

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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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Wake up! Make love! Fall over laughing!!! 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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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

This film was made and released about four years after its source stage play of the same name by Neil Simon was first performed in 1963. The original Broadway production opened at the Biltmore Theater on 23rd October 1963 and ran for 1530 performances until 25th June 1967 which was a month after the film opened in the USA. The play was nominated for four Tony Awards in 1964 including Best Play, Best Actress - Elizabeth Ashley, Best Producer (Dramatic) - Arnold Saint Subber and Best Director (Dramatic) - Mike Nichols, it winning only for the latter category. Robert Redford, Mildred Natwick and Herb Edelman recreated their Broadway roles in this movie version. The play's Broadway run more than doubled the season of Simon's previous play, "Come Blow Your Horn". The play's setting described in the play's intro says: "The Bratter's apartment on East 48th Street, New York City. The present". See more »

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During the opening credits, while the horse and carriage are making their way to the Plaza, an obvious double is standing (or should I say "sitting") in for Robert Redford. It's harder to see, but I think there was possibly a Jane Fonda double early on in the sequence. She is definitely the one who throws the bouquet to the mounted police officer, but Robert Redford doesn't show up in the carriage until the close up at the Plaza. See more »

Quotes

Corie Bratter: Hey!
[rattling a box]
Corie Bratter: what's in here, that sounds expensive?
Ethel: Now I think it's a broken clock.
Corie Bratter: [opening another box] Does this pot come with instructions?
Ethel: If I'd known about this apartment it would have come with hot coffee.
Corie Bratter: Mother. Oh, I love everything. But you've got to stop sending me presents. You should start spending your money on yourself.
Ethel: Oh... myself. What does a woman like me need living alone way out in New Jersey?
Corie Bratter: You could travel...
Ethel: Oh, travel. Alone. I read a story in the times. A ...
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Version of Barefoot in the Park (1970) See more »

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Barefoot in the Park
Written by Neal Hefti and Johnny Mercer
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Romantic comedy as lightweight as they come.
18 October 2002 | by jckruizeSee all my reviews

This film version of one of Neil Simon's early Broadway hits coasts on the likability of its cast and a lot of classic Simon banter. The gossamer-thin plot, about newlyweds who find out they don't know each other as well as they thought, is only a framework to hang a bunch of running gags about drafty New York flats, endless stairs, oddball neighbors and the like.

Laughs are plentiful, although as in the rest of Simon's work, one is acutely aware that nobody is so quick with the one-liners in real life.

Boy, were they young back then! Robert Redford underplays charmingly as Paul Bratter, up-and-coming lawyer and all-round stick-in-the-mud; Jane Fonda is his new bride Corie, sexy, fun-loving and relentlessly cute to the borderline of annoyance. When you find her schtick getting a little hard to take, concentrate instead on veteran character actors Charles Boyer and Mildred Natwick, who lend spirit and class to their comedic roles.

Perhaps the direction by Gene Saks is a tad stagebound (he directed the Broadway version), and the cinematography a bit muddy, but Neal Hefti contributes another sprightly score that does a lot to compensate. Overall, an undemanding, undeniable pleasure.


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