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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

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A light-hearted picture of middle-aged love and friendship.

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Paul Mazursky
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Wood ... Carol Sanders
Robert Culp ... Bob Sanders
Elliott Gould ... Ted Henderson
Dyan Cannon ... Alice Henderson
Horst Ebersberg ... Horst
Lee Bergere ... Emilio
Donald F. Muhich Donald F. Muhich ... Psychiatrist
Noble Lee Holderread Jr. Noble Lee Holderread Jr. ... Sean Sanders
K.T. Stevens ... Phyllis
Celeste Yarnall ... Susan
Lynn Borden ... Cutter
Linda Burton Linda Burton ... Stewardess
Greg Mullavey ... Tim - Group Leader
Andre Philippe Andre Philippe ... Oscar
Diane Berghoff Diane Berghoff ... Myrna
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Storyline

Documentary-filmmaker Bob Sanders and his wife Carol attend a group-therapy session that serves as the backdrop for the film's opening scenes. 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 a good-natured sexual tension is obviously at work among the foursome. Written by filmfactsman

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...is about four people who love each other. What's wrong with that? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Features Elliott Gould's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

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In Alice's scene with the psychiatrist, the large ashtray on the couch moves from her right to her left and back again. See more »

Quotes

Carol Sanders: My darling, you did not do a terrible thing. You told me about it. If you hadn't have told me, then that would have been cheating!
Bob Sanders: I know what cheating is. Cheating is when you ball a chick that's not your wife That's cheating!
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What the World Needs Now Is Love
by Hal David and Burt Bacharach
Vocal by Jackie DeShannon
Courtesy of Liberty Records, Inc.
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Not particularly funny....but interesting
22 January 2004 | by mikegheeSee all my reviews

I found this film at a video store and immediately rented it out of curiosity. It stars Robert Culp, Natalie Wood, Elliot Gould, and Dyan Cannon as the namesakes respectively. I remember when I was a kid this film came out in 1969 so I really did not know anything about it other than it was supposed to be some kind of "sex comedy".

Well being an adult now and renting it, I found that it basically deals with 2 married couples, the ages of which suggest upper 30's to me. They decide to experimentally partake of the late 60's climate of free love, drugs, etc. I think that is where the film is supposed to derive its humor from.

Instead, the film plays like prolonged unfunny sketches on "Saturday Night Live" which they save for the end of the broadcast. However, I was compelled to keep watching the film to see what would be the result of their "experiment" The film did have some funny moments such as Elliot Gould fantasizing about a marital affair and Dyan Cannon at the shrink.

I give the film credit since I could not figure out what the ending would be like and was somewhat surprised by it when it happened. There is a second part of the ending right before the credits roll which still has me confused though. Overall, an OK film in my opinion.

Side Note: Natalie Wood and Dyan Cannon look pretty hot in this movie so if your a male like myself and always found these woman attractive, its a must rental !


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