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I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 18 October 1968 (USA)
A thirty-something square falls in love with a hippie and decides to "drop out" himself.

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Hy Averback
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Harold
Jo Van Fleet ... Mother
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Nancy
Joyce Van Patten ... Joyce
David Arkin ... Herbie
Herb Edelman ... Murray
Salem Ludwig Salem Ludwig ... Father
Louis Gottlieb Louis Gottlieb ... Guru
Grady Sutton ... Funeral Director
Janet Clark Janet Clark ... Mrs. Foley
Jorge Moreno Jorge Moreno ... Mr. Rodriguez
Ed Peck ... Man in Dress Shop
Jack Margolis Jack Margolis ... Big Bear
Eddra Gale ... Love Lady
Carol O'Leary Carol O'Leary ... Anita
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Storyline

Peter Sellers stars as Harold Fine, a self-described square--a 35-year-old Los Angeles Lawyer who is not looking forward to middle age and his upcoming wedding. His life changes, however, when he falls in love with Nancy, a free-spirited, innocent, and beautiful young hippie. After Harold and his family enjoy some of her "groovy" brownies, he decides to "drop out" with her and become a hippie too. But can he return to his old life when he discovers that the hippie lifestyle is just a little too independent and irresponsible for his tastes? Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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hippie | love | lawyer | wedding | jewish | See All (34) »

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The saga of Harold...from dedicated lawyer to dedicated dropout.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A borboleta vermelha See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The beach scenes were shot at Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu and Venice Beach. See more »

Goofs

In the second scene in the film, when Harold is driving his car, the shadow of the camera with a cable coming out of the side of it, is visible on his arm. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Guru: Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower, But if I could understand, What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is.
Hippie Girl: Beautiful. Is that Ginsberg?
Guru: No, Tennyson. But if I could understand, What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is. So, to know God, to know man, you first have to know what a flower is. A flower. But how can you know what a ...
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Connections

Featured in Reel Radicals: The Sixties Revolution in Film (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played twice at weddings
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Outrageously bad
24 April 2000 | by popomSee all my reviews

Peter Sellers in the prime of his career appearing in a startlingly bad film where every good idea goes awry, every gag poorly edited, every joke falling flat. Ignore the Maltin review. The film's only virtue is as a study on how straight Hollywood of the era viewed hippies. It also had the unhappy result of foisting hack Paul Mazursky upon an unsuspecting planet. Written by sitcom writers (F Troop and others), yet not quite up to those high standards.


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