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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>

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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

Jaclyn Smith's film debut. 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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Connections

References The Odd Couple (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Wives and Lovers
(uncredited)
Music by Burt Bacharach
[Instrumental version plays on Ron's stereo]
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A likable film from a different era.
14 June 2004 | by Tom DeFeliceSee all my reviews

The look of the film is very 1969 (the year it came out), but the attitudes are very much 1962. Two Dartmouth students yell with glee when they meet at a party that one is Class of '64 and the other is Class of '66. Brenda, the female lead character, relates how surprised she was when as a little girl her father had shown her 2 $100 bills. She had never seen a $100 bill before.

For a modern audience to enjoy this film, you have to look at it as a period piece. After all, the film's tag line is "Every father's daughter is a virgin". You know you are not in 2004. Not all of the biting satire still holds, but the romance does. Both Ali MacGraw and Jack Klugman give very warm, appealing performances.

It is amazing how many thing have changed in the last 35 years...and how many thing haven't changed. An interesting film from a time when there were "good girls" and "bad girls" and a bride wearing white meant something.


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