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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

"Consider the possibilities," read the ads for [[Performer~P46790~Paul Mazursky~paulmazursky]]'s 1969 satirical comedy about what happens when the sexual revolution hits affluent bourgeois life. After a weekend of "beautiful" emotional honesty at an Esalen-type retreat, married wannabe hipsters Bob ([[Performer~P16110~Robert Culp~robertculp]]) and Carol ([[Performer~P77340~Natalie Wood~nataliewood]]) return to their well-heeled Los Angeles life determined to apply the principles of free love and complete openness to their marriage. To the respective curiosity and repulsion of their married best friends, Ted ([[Performer~P27972~Elliott Gould~elliottgould]]) and Alice ([[Performer~P84025~Dyan Cannon~dyancannon]]), Bob and Carol have affairs that they happily reveal to everyone. Inspired by all that openness during the quartet's trip to Vegas, Ted admits an affair of his own, provoking the outraged Alice to demand that this new ethos be taken to its obvious conclusion: a mate-sharing foursome. Once they're bedded down and ready to go, however, they start to have second thoughts. Without sacrificing authenticity for comedy, first-time director [[Performer~P46790~Mazursky~paulmazursky]] and co-writer/producer [[Performer~P114690~Larry Tucker~larrytucker]] delve into the confusion of the [[Performer~P21403~Eisenhower~dwightdeisenhower]] generation when faced with the temptations of the counterculture. Too old to be hippies and too young to be fogies, the would-be California swingers sincerely attempt to try on the lifestyle, but it never looks quite right. A then-controversial example of the New Permissiveness both onscreen and off, Bob & Carol debuted at the New York Film Festival to great praise, particularly for [[Performer~P27972~Gould~elliottgould]] and [[Performer~P84025~Cannon~dyancannon]]. Whether they wanted to laugh at their elders' faux looseness or see what their peers might be doing, audiences turned Bob & Carol into a substantial hit, and its observations about marriage and sex remain humorously sharp even if the encounter group jargon is past its vogue. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:September 18, 1969

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
New York Film Critics Circle Larry Tucker Best Screenplay 1969 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Larry Tucker Best Original Screenplay 1969 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elliott Gould Best Supporting Actor 1969 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Paul Mazursky Best Screenplay 1969 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Mazursky Best Original Screenplay 1969 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Dyan Cannon Best Supporting Actress 1969 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dyan Cannon Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1969 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dyan Cannon New Star of the Year - Female 1969 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dyan Cannon Best Supporting Actress 1969 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles B. Lang Best Cinematography 1969 Nominee

Cast

Natalie Wood
as Carol
Robert Culp
as Bob
Elliott Gould
as Ted
Dyan Cannon
as Alice
Horst Ebersberg
as Horst
Lee Bergere
as Emilio
Donald F. Muhich
as Psychiatrist
Celeste Yarnall
as Susan
Greg Mullavey
as Institute Group Leader
Andre Philippe
as Oscar
John Halloran
as Conrad
Joyce Easton
as Wendy
Howard Dayton
as Howard
John Brent
as Dave
Garry Goodrow
as Bert
Carol O'Leary
as Sue
Lynn Borden
as Cutter

Crew

Paul Mazursky
Director
Mike J. Frankovich
Producer
Larry Tucker
Producer
Larry Tucker
Screenwriter
Paul Mazursky
Screenwriter
Charles B. Lang
Cinematographer
Quincy Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Stuart H. Pappe
Editor
Pato Guzman
Production Designer
Pato Guzman
Art Director
Moss Mabry
Costume Designer
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