Next Stop, Greenwich Village


Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)


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Director Paul Mazursky drew from his own formative experiences as a struggling New York actor in Next Stop, Greenwich Village. Lenny Baker plays Mazursky's alter ego, an aspiring Brooklyn-born thespian named Larry Lapinsky. When not parrying with his overprotective Jewish parents (Mike Kellin and Shelley Winters), Larry must contend with his "method"-happy acting teacher Herbert (Michael Egan); with actress Anita (Lois Smith), who is forever threatening to kill herself over imagined slights; with head-in-the-clouds Greenwich-Village poet Robert (Christopher Walken); and with Bernstein (Antonio Fargas), a black homosexual with an identity problem. Larry's future is threatened when his girl friend Sarah (Ellen Greene) gets pregnant, one of several crises facing this star-crossed couple throughout the film. Keep an eye peeled for young Bill Murray, Joe Spinnell and Jeff Goldblum in minor roles.


Lenny Baker
as Larry Lapinsky
Shelley Winters
as Mrs. Lapinsky
Antonio Fargas
as Bernstein
Mike Kellin
as Mr. Lapinsky
Michael Egan
as Herbert
John C. Becher
as Sid Weinberg, the Producer
Helen Hanft
as Herb's Wife
Rashel Novikoff
as Mrs. Tupperman, neighbor
Joe Madden
as Jake the Poet
Rochelle Oliver
as Abortionist
Carole Manferdini
as Southern Girl
Jeff Goldblum
as Clyde the Actor
Rutanya Alda
as Party Guest
Milton Frome
as Customer in Drug Store
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Critic Reviews for Next Stop, Greenwich Village

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

Next Stop, Greenwich Village is a very beautiful motion picture.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A middlebrow American Graffiti, minus the music and set in Greenwich Village, 1953.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

"Next Stop, Greenwich Village" isn't aggressively awful. It is inept but mostly it's just commonplace.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5

The movie's part autobiography and part fiction, but it's all of a piece because Mazursky captures the tone of the 1950s.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Seems more like a slavish hommage to Federico Fellini than a genuine reminiscence.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The picture's greatest strength rests in its characters.

Jun 2, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Next Stop, Greenwich Village

A semi-autobiographical account of a period in director Paul Mazursky's life. A funny and at times quite poignant telling of Mazursky's choice to leave Brooklyn for what he sees as the glamorous world of Greenwhich Village in 1953. He is pursuing an acting career and becomes part of a vibrant circle of friends, a very eclectic group; a blunt but kindhearted woman, a playboy (Christopher Walken,) an over-the-top funny black gay man (whose buoyant exterior hides a lot of pain,) a suicidal older actress, and the protagonist's girlfriend, who seems ever-indifferent to her lover. His parents provide much comedy, especially his overbearing mother, brilliantly played by Shelley Winters. It is obvious that Paul Mazursky has quite a love for these people as his story moves away from himself and focuses on these loveable, fascinating characters. Lenny Baker, who plays the lead, is very well-suited for the role.

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