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Goodbye, Columbus (1969)

A Jewish man and a Jewish woman meet and while attracted to each other, find that their worlds are very different. She is the archtypical Jewish American Princess, very emotionally involved... See full summary »

Director:

Larry Peerce

Writers:

Philip Roth (novel), Arnold Schulman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Benjamin ... Neil Klugman
Ali MacGraw ... Brenda Patimkin
Jack Klugman ... Ben Patimkin
Nan Martin ... Mrs. Ben Patimkin
Michael Meyers ... Ron Patimkin
Lori Shelle Lori Shelle ... Julie Patimkin
Monroe Arnold Monroe Arnold ... Uncle Leo
Kay Cummings Kay Cummings ... Doris Klugman
Sylvie Strause Sylvie Strause ... Aunt Gladys
Royce Wallace Royce Wallace ... Carlotta
Anthony McGowan Anthony McGowan ... Boy in Library
Mari Gorman ... Laura Simpson Sockaloe
Chris Schenkel Chris Schenkel ... Voice on Columbus Record (voice)
Jay Jostyn Jay Jostyn ... Voice on Columbus Record (voice)
Jan Peerce ... Uncle Manny
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Storyline

A Jewish man and a Jewish woman meet and while attracted to each other, find that their worlds are very different. She is the archtypical Jewish American Princess, very emotionally involved with her parents' world, and the world they have created for her, while he is much less dependent on his family. They begin an affair, which brings more differences to the surface. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every father's daughter is a virgin.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Goodbye Columbus See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$22,939,805
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Willow Tree See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Nouri dances with Ali MacGraw during the wedding scene. See more »

Goofs

At the dinner table, Julie is told that it is earlier in Columbus, where Harriet is calling from, than where she lives in New York. In fact both cities are in the same Eastern Standard Time Zone. In the book, Harriet is calling from Milwaukee in the Central Time Zone, which is correct. However, when the screenplay changed her location to Columbus, the writer failed to realize this fact and change the dialog or the city. See more »

Quotes

Neil Klugman: Hey, I meant to ask you. About those pills, don't you have to take them in the morning? Does it make a difference when you take them?
Brenda Patimkin: I don't take them.
Neil Klugman: [drops his soap bar in astonishment]
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Soundtracks

Wives and Lovers
(uncredited)
Music by Burt Bacharach
[Instrumental version plays on Ron's stereo]
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Memorable for its strong characters
22 October 2005 | by jlinder1-1See all my reviews

This movie was meaninful to me because the characters represent real people. People who the main character, Neil, rejects (or at least cannot relate to) because of what they represent. For example, the hard-charging businessman played by Jack Klugman, who's portrayed in his plumbing-supply office screaming into the phone, making deals. The brother, played by Michael Myers (not the famous Mike Myers) is the ultimate very-dumb jock. And, of course, Ali McGraw, who's is actually torn between being the good Jewish American Princess and her attraction to Neil. Her father (Klugman) is dumbfounded when he learns that Neil doesn't really mind being a librarian. Finally, Richard Benjamin's Neil, is a kind of existential Jewish outsider who can't relate to the affluence displayed by the Patimkins. One of the more memorable scenes in the movie: Neil discovers a second refrigerator in the Patimkin's basement PACKED with food. Are these people real? They are. And even though the movie is 35 years old we can still relate to these characters. Thank you Phiip Roth.


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