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Portnoy's Complaint (1972)

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

Director:

Ernest Lehman

Writers:

Philip Roth (novel), Ernest Lehman
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Cast

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
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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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Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1972 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexanders stående problem See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

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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