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John and Mary (1969)

John and Mary meet in a singles bar, sleep together, and spend the next day getting to know each other.

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

John Mortimer (screenplay), Mervyn Jones (novel)
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Hoffman ... John
Mia Farrow ... Mary
Michael Tolan ... James
Sunny Griffin ... Ruth
Stanley Beck Stanley Beck ... Ernest
Tyne Daly ... Hilary
Alix Elias ... Jane
Julie Garfield Julie Garfield ... Fran
Marvin Lichterman Marvin Lichterman ... Dean
Marian Mercer ... Mags Elliot
Susan Taylor Susan Taylor ... Minnie
Olympia Dukakis ... John's Mother
Carl Parker Carl Parker ... The Tennis Player
Richard Clarke Richard Clarke ... Charlie
Alexander Cort Alexander Cort ... Imaginary Film Director
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Storyline

It's the morning after John and Mary's first sexual encounter with each other, which took place in his New York City loft apartment. They had only met for the first time the previous evening at a crowded trendy pick-up bar. They are both uncomfortable with the situation but don't want to show that discomfort to the other. They both realize that they don't know anything substantial about the other - including not even knowing each other's name - as each tries through whatever secret means to find out with who he/she just slept. As they slowly find out more about the other, they inject their own perception into the information, which is sometimes not quite reality. Over the next few hours, they, together and individually, will try to determine if there is any potential future for them, which includes their thoughts about the current most significant other in their respective lives, one who is more significant than the other, and their feelings about what they think the other person is ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

It's not your mother's love story!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John & Mary See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Debrod See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original novel is set in London and features exclusively British characters. The first several versions of the screenplay by John Mortimer retained these settings and characters, but Peter Yates was unable to set it up as a British film, and so the script was rewritten for New York characters and settings. However, Mortimer was kept on for these rewrites; it was his only screenplay for an American-made film. See more »

Quotes

John: The great thing is, if men can cook at all, women think it's wonderful.
Mary: Well, it is.
John: No, it's not. It's really a legend. Like sex and black men.
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Connections

Referenced in Changes (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Maybe Tomorrow
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
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A minor masterpiece
10 May 2004 | by English_roGSee all my reviews

This is an all but forgotten little gem by Peter (Bullit) Yates, who uses a sensitive and witty script by the excellent John Mortimer.

The direction, acting, and general tone are near perfect. Alas it was probably super cool for a year or two after it's release and nothing dates like 1960s high fashion.

You may catch it on a late night TV channel - if so, postpone your bedtime for 90 minutes or so and enjoy!

Last thought - This film may have been the source for Woody Allen's famous and celebrated "subtitles" scene in Annie Hall, made several years later with Mia Farrow.


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