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Chronicling the lifelong sexual development of two men who meet and befriend one another in college.

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Jonathan Fuerst
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Bobbie
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Sandy (as Arthur Garfunkel)
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Susan
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Louise
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Cindy
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Jennifer

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Mike Nichols

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Jules Feiffer ... (written by)

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Joseph E. Levine ... executive producer
Mike Nichols ... producer
Clive Reed ... associate producer

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Giuseppe Rotunno

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Sam O'Steen

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Stu Linder ... editorial assistant

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Richard Sylbert

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Robert Luthardt

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George R. Nelson

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Anthea Sylbert

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist
Lorraine Roberson ... hair styles supervisor
Charles H. Schram ... makeup supervisor (as Charles Schram)

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Joe L. Cramer ... production manager

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Tim Zinnemann ... assistant director

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Robert Schultz ... property master

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Larry Jost ... sound recordist (as Lawrence O. Jost)
Richard Portman ... sound re-recordist

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Clyde Hart ... key grip
Mary Ellen Mark ... still photographer
Rodolfo Bramucci ... gaffer (uncredited)
Giuseppe Maccari ... camera operator (uncredited)
Piero Servo ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

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Dan Wallin ... score mixer (uncredited)

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Peter Borkent ... driver: cast (uncredited)

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Joseph E. Levine ... presenter
Meta Rebner ... script supervisor (as Meta Wilde)
Gordon Arnell ... unit publicist (uncredited)
John Marshall ... subtitle script and timing (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are affected by the sexual mores of the time and their own temperament, especially in relation to the respective women who end up in their lives. Their story begins in the late 1940s when they are roommates attending Amherst College together. Both virgins, they discuss the type of woman they would each like to end up with. Sandy, the more sensitive of the two, meets Susan at a mixer, she who he believes is going to be the one to who he will lose his virginity. Sandy goes through the process methodically, taking into account what he thinks Susan wants, but without much true passion or romance. Jonathan, the more sexually aggressive of the two, ends up losing his virginity first to "Myrtle", who ends up being a steady but hidden girlfriend. Based on what each knows of the other's relationship, both Jonathan and Sandy strive for a little more of what the other has. These relationships also set the tone for all the relationships they will have in the future. Through their lives, they always seem not totally satisfied with their relationship at the time, still pining for what the other has. This view may change as they and their friendship hits middle age, when Sandy is with a domineering woman named Cindy, while Jonathan is with model/actress Bobbie, whose life goes spiraling downward because of her relationship to Jonathan and despite her beauty which on the surface offered so much opportunity for her. Jonathan's sexual trajectory, directed through these experiences, ends up in a manner he probably did not foresee happening. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Ce plaisir qu'on dit charnel (France)
  • Die Kunst zu lieben (Germany)
  • Coneixement carnal (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Conocimiento carnal (Spain)
  • Η γνωριμία της σάρκας (Greece)
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  • 98 min
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Trivia The fight scene between Jack Nicholson and Ann-Margret took a week to shoot. At the end, both performers had lost their voices. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Ann-Margret: Från Valsjöbyn till Hollywood (2014). See more »
Soundtracks Moonlight Serenade See more »
Quotes Bobbie: The reason I sleep all day is because I can't stand my life!
Jonathan: What life?
Bobbie: Sleeping all day!
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