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I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 18 October 1968 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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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.

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Comedy | Romance

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A week into the shoot, Peter Sellers invited Paul Mazursky to his home for a meeting. Given their previous differences, this was a shock in and of itself. At the meeting, Sellers apologized for the misunderstanding and begged Mazursky to take over the direction. Mazursky refused to do it. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played twice at weddings
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One of the best comedies of the 1960s
8 March 2006 | by JasparLamarCrabbSee all my reviews

One of the best comedies of the 1960s and one of the most subversive as well...it's difficult to believe that Warner Bros. released I LOVE YOU ALICE B. TOKLAS. Peter Sellers, in his most American role, plays Harold Fine, an uptight mama's boy putting off any commitment to girlfriend Joyce Van Patten. He falls head over heels for free-spirited Leigh Taylor Young and all hell breaks loose. Sellers is brilliant, Van Patten is pretty funny, and Taylor-Young is striking. The movie is nearly stolen by Jo Van Fleet as Sellers mother, a shrike to be sure, and hysterical eating a "special" brownie. She's priceless...once again giving a great performance as a character of a substantially more advanced age...she was 54 playing 43 year old Sellers mother! Hy Averback's direction is clever and the film is filled with a lot of funny gags...a highlight is Sellers and crew driving ALL OVER Los Angeles in search of a funeral.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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