GenreComedy CinematographyLeon Shamroy WriterWilliam Peter Blatty LanguageEnglish
Release dateMarch 24, 1965 (1965-03-24) CastShirley MacLaine (Jenny Ericson ('Strife' Magazine reporter)), Peter Ustinov (King Fawz), Richard Crenna (John Goldfarb), Jim Backus (Miles Whitepaper (chief of Middle East division)), Scott Brady (Sakalakis (Notre Dame coach)), Fred Clark (Heinous Overreach (head of CIA)) Similar moviesMovie Maniacs, Ants In The Pantry, The Big Bus, Puppy, Home Makeover, Banana
TaglineA Wild Whirl of Wacky Fun!
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! is a 1965 comedy film based on the novel by William Peter Blatty published in 1963. The movie was directed by J. Lee Thompson.
The comic spoof of the Cold War was inspired by a May 1960 incident involving American Francis Gary Powers, a CIA operative whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking an international diplomatic incident. Blatty's tale concerns John "Wrong-Way" Goldfarb, a former college football star who once ran 95 yards for a touchdown in the wrong direction. Now a U-2 pilot, his plane malfunctions and crashes in the mythical Arab kingdom of Fawzia.
The country's leader threatens to turn him over to the Soviets unless he agrees to coach a football team. Jenny Ericson, the magazine journalist who made Goldfarb famous, is on an undercover assignment as a member of the King's harem, and when she discovers she was wrong in thinking the King is no longer romantically interested in his wives, she seeks help from Goldfarb. The King blackmails the U.S. Department of State into arranging an exhibition football game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and his own team from Fawz University. Jenny becomes a cheerleader and then the quarterback who scores the winning touchdown for Fawz University.
Shirley MacLaine as Jenny
Peter Ustinov as the King
Richard Crenna as Goldfarb
Jim Backus as Miles Whitepaper
Scott Brady as Coach Sakalakis
Fred Clark as Heinous Overreach
Wilfrid Hyde-White as Mustafa Guz
Harry Morgan as Secretary of State Deems Sarajevo
Patrick Adiarte as Prince Ammud
Richard Deacon as Secretary of Defense Charles Maginot