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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

The story concerns a young documentary filmmaker (Robert Culp) and his wife (Natalie Wood) who visit an institute in Southern California which supposedly helps people expand their capacities for love and understanding. When our friends are back in their swank surroundings, chatting with friends, Elliott Gould and wife Dyan Cannon, the comedy begins and never lets up until the final scenes when the sociological effects of this pseudo-liberal thinking come into play.

The story concerns a young documentary filmmaker (Robert Culp) and his wife (Natalie Wood) who visit an institute in Southern California which supposedly helps people expand their capacities for love and understanding. When our friends are back in their swank surroundings, chatting with friends, Elliott Gould and wife Dyan Cannon, the comedy begins and never lets up until the final scenes when the sociological effects of this pseudo-liberal thinking come into play.

The acting is superb. Cannon proves an expert comedienne. She and Gould practically steal the film, although admittedly they have the best lines. Wood and Culp give equally fine performances.

The film is almost flawless, presenting the issues in a pleasing, entertaining and thought-provoking manner.

1969: Nominations: Best Supp. Actor (Elliott Gould), Supp. Actress (Dyan Cannon), Original Story & Screenplay, Cinematography

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

  • Production: Columbia/Frankovich. Director Paul Mazursky; Producer Larry Tucker; Screenplay Paul Mazursky, Larry Tucker; Camera Charles E. Lang; Editor Stuart Pappe; Music Quincy Jones; Art Director Pato Guzman
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 104 MIN.
  • With: Natalie Wood Robert Culp Elliott Gould Dyan Cannon Horst Ebersberg Lee Bergere
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