Review: ‘Barefoot in the Park’

Barefoot in the Park is one howl of a picture. Adapted by Neil Simon from his legit smash, retaining Robert Redford and Mildred Natwick from the original cast, and adding Jane Fonda and Charles Boyer to round out the principals, this is a thoroughly entertaining comedy delight about young marriage. Director Gene Saks makes a sock debut.

Barefoot in the Park is one howl of a picture. Adapted by Neil Simon from his legit smash, retaining Robert Redford and Mildred Natwick from the original cast, and adding Jane Fonda and Charles Boyer to round out the principals, this is a thoroughly entertaining comedy delight about young marriage. Director Gene Saks makes a sock debut.

Redford is outstanding, particularly adept in light comedy. Fonda is excellent, ditto Natwick, her mother. A genuine surprise casting is Boyer, as the Bohemian who lives in the attic above the newlyweds’ top-floor flat. With only one slight flagging pace – about 30 minutes from the end, when Redford and Fonda have their late-night squabble – pic moves along smartly.

1967: Nomination: Best Supp. Actress (Mildred Natwick)

Barefoot in the Park

Production

Paramount. Director Gene Saks; Producer Hal B. Wallis; Screenplay Neil Simon; Camera Joseph LaShelle; Editor William A. Lyon; Music Neal Hefti; Art Director Hal Pereira, Walter Tyler

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Robert Redford Jane Fonda Charles Boyer Mildred Natwick Herb Edelman Mabel Albertson
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