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Goodbye, Columbus (1969)




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Based on one of author Phillip Roth's shorter works, Goodbye Columbus stars Richard Benjamin as Neil, a young man of humble means who falls in love with Jewish-American-princess Brenda (Ali MacGraw). Their romance is out of the question so far as Brenda's suburbanite parents are concerned, so Neil and Brenda rendezvous in some of the sleaziest motels ever seen in a 1960s film (and that assessment includes The Bates Motel). Unwilling to take birth control pills because they upset her tummy, Brenda opts for a diaphragm, which unfortunately is discovered by her mother. Their rocky relationship comprises the bulk of the film. The trendy, New Wave-influenced direction by Larry Peerce gained a great deal of critical attention in 1969, notably such self-indulgent devices as having a close-up of a girl's navel dissolve into a long-shot of a swimming pool. Far more memorable is Peerce's amusingly straight-on depictions of upper-class Jewish/American social functions. In their film debuts, Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw are appealingly awkward; the more memorable performance is delivered by Michael Meyers as MacGraw's adenoidal younger brother.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Arnold Schulman
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On DVD: Jun 8, 2004


Richard Benjamin
as Neil Klugman
Ali MacGraw
as Brenda Patimkin
Jack Klugman
as Patimkin
Nan Martin
as Mrs. Patimkin
Royce Wallace
as Carlotta
Sylvie Strauss
as Aunt Gladys
Michael Nurie
as Don Farber
Michael Nouri
as Don Farber
Betty Greyson
as Aunt Molly
Monroe Arnold
as Uncle Leo
Elaine Swain
as Sarah Ehrlich
Rube Schaffer
as Uncle Max
Gail Ommerle
as Harriet
Bill Deeringer
as John McKee
Jan Peerce
as Wedding Guest
Betty Grayson
as Aunt Molly
Max Peerce
as Uncle Max
Anthony McGowan
as Boy in Library
Chris Schenkel
as Voice on Columbus Re...
David Benedict
as The Rabbi
Ray Baumel
as Uncle Harry
Delos V. Smith
as Mr. Scapelle
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Critic Reviews for Goodbye, Columbus

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Perhaps the most successful of the three Philip Roth adaptations on the big screen.

Full Review… | September 10, 2007
Apollo Guide

Dated adult fare from 1969 with Benjamin and MacGraw.

June 8, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Audience Reviews for Goodbye, Columbus

What a waste of film. I can't believe I watched the whole film. This was listed under romantic/Comedy and it is neither. I don't recommend anyone to watch this film. It's just pointless.

Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer


probably the best adaptation of a Roth novel(la), which isn't an easy thing to accomplish. it is, of course a watered down version of the story missing a lot of the nuances of Roth's superb writing- but is entertaining throughout. The dramatic impact of the end is far less effective on screen though.

chase _

Super Reviewer

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