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Barefoot in the Park (1967)

G | | Comedy, Romance | 25 May 1967 (USA)
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Paul, a conservative young lawyer, marries the vivacious Corie. Their highly passionate relationship descends into comical discord in a five-flight New York City walk-up apartment.

Director:

Gene Saks

Writers:

Neil Simon (play), Neil Simon (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Redford ... Paul Bratter
Jane Fonda ... Corie Bratter
Charles Boyer ... Victor Velasco
Mildred Natwick ... Ethel Banks
Herb Edelman ... Harry Pepper (as Herbert Edelman)
Mabel Albertson ... Harriet
Fritz Feld ... Restaurant Proprietor
James Stone James Stone ... Delivery Man (as James F. Stone)
Ted Hartley Ted Hartley ... Frank
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Storyline

New Yorkers Paul Bratter and Corie Bratter née Banks have just gotten married. He is a stuffed shirt just starting his career as a lawyer. She is an independently minded free spirit who prides herself on doing the illogical purely out of a sense of adventure, such acts as walking through Washington Square Park barefoot when it's 17°F outside. Their six day honeymoon at the Plaza Hotel shows that they can get to know each other easily in the biblical sense. But they will see if they can get to know each other in their real life when they move into their first apartment, a cozy (in other words, small), slightly broken down top floor unit in a five story walk-up. While Corie joyfully bounds up and down the stairs, Paul, always winded after the fact, hates the fact of having to walk up the six flights of stairs, if one includes the stairs that comprise the outside front stoop. Beyond the issues with the apartment itself, Paul and Corie will have to deal with an odd assortment of neighbors... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Wake up! Make love! Fall over laughing!!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Descalzos en el parque See more »

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Gross USA:

$19,994,515
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Redford starred in both the Broadway play and this film version. His leading lady on Broadway was Elizabeth Ashley. See more »

Goofs

When Paul falls over the park bench, his position then changes when seen in the close up. See more »

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Ethel: Make him feel important. If you do that, you'll have a happy and wonderful marriage - like two out of every ten couples.
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Barefoot in the Park
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Wedded bliss---Neil Simon style
15 March 2003 | by JSanickiSee all my reviews

Master of Broadway comedy Neil Simon adapted his hit play about a conservative young lawyer and his off-the-wall bride for this warm 1960's film classic. Robert Redford is Paul Bratter, the "Mister Straight" lawyer. Jane Fonda is his new wife Corie, who dedicates her life to the pursuit of fun. As the ecstasy of the honeymoon at the Plaza gives way to setting up housekeeping and a home in a modest five-flight walk-up, the harmony of marriage turns into comical discord. The mother-in-law (Mildred Natwick) complains meekly. The middle-aged Lothario upstairs (Charles Boyer) flirts shamelessly. Joy turns to anguish...and the results are pure Neil Simon comedy at its best.

This is a great example of 1960's comic genius. Neil Simon would follow this one with 1968's The Odd Couple starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

My rating: 2 and a half stars


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