Over the Brooklyn Bridge is producer-director Menahem Golan’s love letter to New York City: a warm and pleasant romance similar to the type of films topliner Elliott Gould used to make in the early 1970s. Screenplay by Arnold Somkin is short on laughs but very effective.
Gould stars as Alby Sherman, owner of a Brooklyn eatery who dreams of buying a posh restaurant on the East Side in midtown Manhattan. His love affair with an aristocratic Catholic girl from Philadelphia (Margaux Hemingway) raises the ire of his Jewish family, particularly the patriarch Uncle Benjamin (Sid Caesar), a women’s underwear manufacturer who would rather have Alby marry his fourth cousin Cheryl (Carol Kane).
Gould and Hemingway are solid in the central roles, with standout support from a large cast. Caesar is very funny as a man who tries to run everyone else’s lives for them. Kane is delightfully droll as the virginal intellectual whose demure exterior hides a rather kinky fantasy-sex life.