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Portnoy's Complaint (1972)

The movie chronicles a young man's love and passion in his own kinky way.


Ernest Lehman


Philip Roth (novel), Ernest Lehman


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Complete credited cast:
Richard Benjamin ... Alexander Portnoy
Karen Black ... Mary Jane Reid (The Monkey)
Lee Grant ... Sophie Portnoy
Jack Somack Jack Somack ... Jack Portnoy
Renée Lippin Renée Lippin ... Hannah Portnoy
Jeannie Berlin ... Bubbles Girardi
Kevin Conway ... Smolka
Lewis J. Stadlen Lewis J. Stadlen ... Mandel (as Lewis Stadlen)
Jill Clayburgh ... Naomi
Jessica Rains Jessica Rains ... Opening Girl
Francesca De Sapio ... Lina
William Pabst William Pabst ... Clerk at Inn
Eleanor Zee Eleanor Zee ... Woman in Hospital Bed
Tony Brande Tony Brande ... Cab Driver
D.P. Barnes D.P. Barnes ... Dr. Spielvogel


The movie chronicles a young man's love and passion in his own kinky way.

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Banned for years from the nation's bookshelves, "Portnoy's Complaint" is now a motion picture. Meet Alexander Portnoy, a young sexually repressed fellow whose hang-ups have driven him to the psychiatrist's couch. Meet "The Monkey", a hyper-erotic model , who fulfills his most erotic sex fantasies. See more »




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Release Date:

15 September 1972 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexanders stående problem See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Benjamin had first shot to fame three years earlier playing another Philip Roth character in Goodbye, Columbus (1969). See more »


Mary Jane Reid (The Monkey): Is this your idea of a love affair, where you treat a woman as a leper?
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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

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Funny at times but too much like a TV sit-com
28 September 1999 | by rosebud-42See all my reviews

Overall not a terrible movie--but it drags on more than one occasion and the NY jewish schtick is cliched and overdone. Very dated and too much like a sit-com at times, but worth it to see a scorching hot Karen Black and neurotic Richard Benjamin at his peak.

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