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I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 18 October 1968 (USA)
A thirty-something square falls in love with a hippie and decides to "drop out" himself.

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Hy Averback
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Harold
Jo Van Fleet ... Mother
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Nancy
Joyce Van Patten ... Joyce
David Arkin ... Herbie
Herb Edelman ... Murray
Salem Ludwig Salem Ludwig ... Father
Louis Gottlieb Louis Gottlieb ... Guru
Grady Sutton ... Funeral Director
Janet Clark Janet Clark ... Mrs. Foley
Jorge Moreno ... Mr. Rodriguez
Ed Peck ... Man in Dress Shop
Jack Margolis Jack Margolis ... Big Bear
Eddra Gale ... Love Lady
Carol O'Leary Carol O'Leary ... Anita
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Peter Sellers stars as Harold Fine, a self-described square--a 35-year-old Los Angeles Lawyer who is not looking forward to middle age and his upcoming wedding. His life changes, however, when he falls in love with Nancy, a free-spirited, innocent, and beautiful young hippie. After Harold and his family enjoy some of her "groovy" brownies, he decides to "drop out" with her and become a hippie too. But can he return to his old life when he discovers that the hippie lifestyle is just a little too independent and irresponsible for his tastes? Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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hippie | love | lawyer | wedding | jewish | See All (34) »

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The saga of Harold...from dedicated lawyer to dedicated dropout.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A borboleta vermelha See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Sellers caused such disruptions on the set, including being late, that according to an article in the 8 January 1968 edition of the Los Angeles Times, three cameras were filming simultaneously so that "...one minute of usable rushes per day" could be used. See more »

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At Harold and Joyce's wedding the first words spoken by the Rabbi do not match the video. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Guru: "Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower, But if I could understand, What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is."
Hippie Girl: Beautiful. Is that Ginsberg?
Guru: No, Tennyson. "But if I could understand, What you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is." So, to know God, to know man, you first have to know what a flower is. A flower. But how can you know what ...
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Connections

Referenced in A Couple of Trouble (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!
(1968) (uncredited)
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Larry Tucker and Paul Mazursky
Arranged by Bob Thompson
Performed by Harpers Bizarre
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Kiss My Ahnk
17 November 2009 | by binarygSee all my reviews

I saw this in '68 when I was about in the same place Harold Fine was, in his social development. I was already married and had kids though. At the time of its release this seemed like an important movie. It was funny and satiric but it ended in a positive note for someone ready to drop out. If we'd only known where that was going to lead, but it was fun for a time.

I'm so glad I revisited this over 40 years later (yikes!!) Some of the film I remembered as if I saw it yesterday. Some scenes I had no recollection of. Peter Sellers is marvelous and the rest of the cast is fine. It is a time capsule of a film and really blends film styles. It has a definite TV flavor. Hy Averback mostly worked in TV so that's not a surprise. The film though, is authentic to the time and it was fun to watch for this old hippie.


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