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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

Documentary film-maker Bob Sanders and his wife Carol attend a group therapy session that serves as the backdrop for the opening scenes of the film. Returning to their Los Angeles home, the... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Carol Sanders
... Bob Sanders
... Ted Henderson
... Alice Henderson
Horst Ebersberg ... Horst
... Emilio
Donald F. Muhich ... Psychiatrist
Noble Lee Holderread Jr. ... Sean Sanders
... Phyllis
... Susan
... Cutter
Linda Burton ... Stewardess
... Tim - Group Leader
Andre Philippe ... Oscar
Diane Berghoff ... Myrna
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Documentary film-maker Bob Sanders and his wife Carol attend a group therapy session that serves as the backdrop for the opening scenes of the film. Returning to their Los Angeles home, the newly "enlightened" couple chastise their closest friends, Ted and Alice, for not coming to grips with their true feelings. Bob insists that everyone "feel" rather than intellectualize their emotions, and Carol pronounces "that's beautiful" after anyone says anything even remotely personal. Ted and Alice humor their friends, but it is obvious that there is a good-natured sexual tension at work within the foursome. Written by filmfactsman

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice request the company of your pleasure. See more »

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16 January 1970 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$31,897,253
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Donald F. Muhich, who played Alice Henderson's therapist, was director Paul Mazursky's real-life therapist. He later appeared in three other Mazursky films. See more »

Goofs

When Ted is in the pool talking to Bob, he says "I called home to make sure the kids were okay," using the plural "kids" - but they only have one child. See more »

Quotes

Alice Henderson: You know how children are, they're very curious. He wanted to know why I had a tee-tee...
Psychiatrist: Pardon me? I don't know what a tee-tee is.
Alice Henderson: A vagina.
Psychiatrist: Oh, it's a pet expression of yours.
Alice Henderson: Yes, you know words: tee-tee, tinkle, po-po, wee-wee, kee-kee, poo-poo.
Psychiatrist: I had never heard tee-tee before.
Alice Henderson: What expression do you use with your children?
Psychiatrist: Vagina.
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Connections

Referenced in Will & Grace: Will & Grace & Vince & Nadine (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Burbank Brown
by Ray Greathouse and Morris Bachemin
Instrumental by Sweet Progress
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"I like my husband." "Yes, but do you love him?"
15 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie as a repressed teenager when it first came out, so much of the humour I didn't understand. But even now, 30 years later, there are some specific scenes that I recall as superbly funny. And from my every dimming memory, the best parts are indeed when Carol is being "played" (like a fish!) by her psychiatrist.


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