Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Paul Mazursky (1969)

101min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
As dated as flared trousers, this slice of flower-power permissiveness alarmed some at the time because of promised revelations, but disappointed others because romance got in the way. Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon make up the two Californian couples who go in for group therapy and confessions to extramarital sex. The result is too many words and too little action courtesy of director Paul Mazursky (who was Oscar-nominated for the screenplay along with co-writer Larry Tucker). There's an intimidating sentimentality, too, but the film was still an important landmark in its day, and remains a fascinating time capsule of the loose and loving 1960s.

Summary

A documentary film-maker and his wife return from a spiritual retreat determined to lead a life of sexual and emotional openness, and persuade another couple to join them. The foursome eventually decide to indulge in a spot of wife-swapping, but learn a few harsh lessons about life, love and marriage in the process. Comedy, starring Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Dyan Cannon and Elliott Gould.

Cast & Crew

Carol Sanders Natalie Wood
Ted Henderson Elliott Gould
Bob Sanders Robert Culp
Alice Henderson Dyan Cannon
Horst Horst Ebersberg
Emilio Lee Bergere
Sean Sanders Noble Lee Holderread Jnr
Phyllis KT Stevens
Director Paul Mazursky
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains swearing, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy