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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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Box Office

Budget:

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

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Natalie Wood decided to gamble her standard fee on a percentage of the gross, earning $3 million. She had earlier declined a similar offer with West Side Story (1961). See more »

Goofs

In the psychiatrist scene, Alice is sitting directly across from the shrink. But in her close-ups, her chin is raised and she is obviously talking "up" to the camera. See more »

Quotes

Carol Sanders: If Bob says it's alright and Alice says it's alright and I say it's alright...
Ted Henderson: It just seems wrong.
Carol Sanders: Oh, it's not. Look, it's just nice feelings, it's something that we've never done before, it's physical fun! It's - it's just sex! Oh, come on, it'll be fun.
Ted Henderson: Well, I do feel aroused. I can't deny that.
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Referenced in Fantasm Comes Again (1977) See more »

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Burbank Brown
by Ray Greathouse and Morris Bachemin
Instrumental by Sweet Progress
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Great Movie!!!!!!
26 February 2004 | by WhoAteMyKielbasaSee all my reviews

I (admittedly) started watching this movie, because it had nudity, and there was nothing else on. But after really getting into it, I got...well...into it! It's such a great comedy, and not just because it's so dated,(and it is)but because of the actors they chose. Gould is amazing in this movie! I was unaware of his true genius until this movie! Also cannon is phenomenal! Not to mention wood and culp, I honestly could not have asked for a better movie to happen across! The story is great, bob and carol go to a hippie retreat, and get "changed" in their mindset of sexual relationships. Then when they come home, they bring the ideals home and spew them on their best friends, ted and alice, like radiation. Of course it messes them up bad, and disrupts their lives. This is where the fun gets started. If you do watch, be warned, the beginning is weird. But give it 20 minutes, you'll be happy you did! I LOVED the movie, I'm just upset it took so long to discover it. Seriously, we should all be so lucky! I give it very high marks, and suggest you watch it an enjoy it. GREAT MOVIE!!!!!!


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