Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice


(out of 5)

 and play a married couple who attend a group therapy retreat session as research for one of Culp’s documentaries. They find the experience of being with honest and frank people so powerful that they decide to start living it for real, telling their friends their feelings about everything and disclosing to each other their own extramarital affairs in the name of candour. Their best friends and are both impressed and appalled at this couple’s new “modern” attitude, forced to examine their own feelings about monogamy. This hilarious and intelligent look at the future of marriage in the ever-changing twentieth century is both dated and modern: there is no end of late-sixties terminology to make it really seem like a moment in time, but its look at the mundane, conservative normality that lies beneath every human’s desire to be different or radical could not possibly be more eternal, right down to the ironic final twist. The performers are all terrific, with Cannon a standout in a subtle, intelligent performance that never overplays the frustration she is feeling at being yanked out of the past and into a modern way of thinking.


USA, 1969

Directed by

Screenplay by Paul Mazursky,

Cinematography by

Produced by Larry Tucker

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Elliott Gould as “Ted Henderson”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Dyan Cannon as “Alice Henderson”)
Best Cinematography (Charles B. Lang)
Best Writing (Story and Screenplay–based on material not previously published or produced) (Paul Mazursky, Larry Tucker)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Dyan Cannon)

New York Film Critics Awards
Best Supporting Actress (Dyan Cannon)
Best Screenplay (Paul Mazursky, Larry Tucker)

Best Supporting Actor (Elliott Gould)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Screenplay (Paul Mazursky, Larry Tucker)

Best Supporting Actress (Dyan Cannon)

Writers Guild Award
Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor (Elliott Gould)
Best Screenplay



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