Goodbye, Columbus
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Based on one of author Phillip Roth's shorter works, Goodbye Columbus stars Richard Benjamin as Neil, a young man of humble means who falls in love with Jewish-American-princess Brenda (Ali MacGraw). Their romance is out of the question so far as Brenda's suburbanite parents are concerned, so Neil and Brenda rendezvous in some of the sleaziest motels ever seen in a 1960s film (and that assessment includes The Bates Motel). Unwilling to take birth control pills because they upset her tummy, Brenda opts for a diaphragm, which unfortunately is discovered by her mother. Their rocky… More

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"Perhaps the most successful of the three Philip Roth adaptations on the big screen."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"A summertime love story tinged with dark humor."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Dated adult fare from 1969 with Benjamin and MacGraw."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Nobody ever talks about the underrated Goodbye, Columbus, but they should."
‑ Pete Croatto, Filmcritic.com
"This well-observed comedy knows the American Jewish bourgeois scene well."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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