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Bye Bye, Braverman (1968)




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Bye Bye Braverman is a bittersweet adaptation of Wallace Markfield's coldly cynical novel To an Early Grave. Braverman, an idealistic minor author, dies; his four best friends, writers who in one way or another have all sold out, decide to attend his funeral. The foursome includes a disenchanted magazine writer (George Segal), a poet (Jack Warden), a book reviewer (Sorrell Booke), and an embittered bellyacher (Joseph Wiseman). Taking a picaresque journey from Greenwich Village to Brooklyn, the quartet never quite gets to the funeral, but their odyssey unearths many a self-revelation and previously unspoken truth. Like its four leading characters, Bye Bye Braverman loses its way towards the end, bringing this otherwise insightful comedy/drama to a muddied conclusion.


George Segal
as Morroe Rieff
Jack Warden
as Barnet Weinstein
Sorrell Booke
as Holly Levine
Joseph Wiseman
as Felix Ottensteen
Jessica Walter
as Inez Braverman
Phyllis Newman
as Myra Mandelbaum
Godfrey Cambridge
as Taxi Cab Driver
Zohra Lampert
as Etta Rieff
Anthony Holland
as Max Ottensteen
Leib Lensky
as Custodian
Alan King
as Rabbi
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Critic Reviews for Bye Bye, Braverman

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

It's a little unfocused but bristles with Jewish wit and fine performances.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…
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The result, called Bye Bye Braverman, has a lot to talk about, and nothing much to say.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Sidney Lumet's "Bye Bye Braverman" is a good movie gone wrong.

January 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Sidney Lumet has probably exhausted the cinema possibilities of drawing people together out of separate lives to attend funerals in semisatirical circumstances. It hardly ever works in fiction, and it does not seem the best vehicle for his movies at all.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

One of Sidney Lumet's most personal and Jewish films is not necessarily one of his best, but it's well acted.

May 3, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Satiric bittersweet funeral pic with a healthy dose of Jewish humor and a droll travelogue look at the NYC landscape.

April 22, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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