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John and Mary

John and Mary is a slight, indeed simple story that begins with sex and ends with love. The two title characters, played by Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow, do not even learn each other's name until the final frame.

John and Mary is a slight, indeed simple story that begins with sex and ends with love. The two title characters, played by Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow, do not even learn each other’s name until the final frame.

The skeletal plot [from a novel by Mervyn Jones] has John meet Mary in one of those desperate, swinging singles establishments on New York’s upper east side. They return to his apartment, have sex and the film opens with their awakening the next morning.

John is selfish and self-satisfied, but Hoffman projects a screen personality which insists that more is present than is getting through the camera’s eye. Mary is much more attractive, feminine and alive. And Farrow enlarges the character sufficiently to make her worth caring about.

The entire charade is smoothly contrived.

John and Mary

  • Production: 20th Century-Fox/Debrod. Director Peter Yates; Producer Ben Kadish; Screenplay John Mortimer; Camera Gayne Rescher; Editor Frank P. Keller; Music Quincy Jones; Art Director John Robert Lloyd
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 92 MIN.
  • With: Dustin Hoffman Mia Farrow Michael Tolan Sunny Griffin Stanley Beck Tyne Daly