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John and Mary (film)

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Director  Peter Yates
Initial release  1969
Music director  Quincy Jones
Language  English
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance
Initial DVD release  March 6, 2007
Country  United States
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Writer  John Mortimer, Mervyn Jones
Cast  Dustin Hoffman (John), Mia Farrow (Mary), Michael Tolan (James), Sunny Griffin (Ruth), Stanley Beck (Stanley), Tyne Daly (Hilary)
Similar movies  Dustin Hoffman appears in John and Mary and Kramer vs Kramer

John and Mary is a 1969 American romantic drama film directed by Peter Yates. It stars Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow in the title roles, directly on the heels of Midnight Cowboy and Rosemary's Baby, respectively (as well as Bullitt for Yates). The screenplay was adapted by John Mortimer from the Mervyn Jones novel.


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It was released theatrically in North America on December 14, 1969. It received an R rating upon its original release, which was later downgraded to a PG rating.

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John and Mary begins the morning after John and Mary meet in a bar, during a conversation about Jean-Luc Godard's Week End, and go home with each other. The story unfolds during the day as they belatedly get to know each other over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Flashbacks of their previous bad relationships are interspersed throughout when something in their conversation brings the thought up.

Critical reception

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Before the release of the film, both Hoffman and Farrow made the cover of Time in February 1969, with the headline "The Young Actors: Stars and Anti-Stars". This marked and celebrated new actors like Hoffman and Farrow (both hot off their successes in The Graduate and Rosemary's Baby respectively) as significant to their generation.

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Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times says, "John and Mary is supposed to be a contemporary movie, I guess, and yet it's curiously out of touch. John and Mary shadow box uneasily with the American language, trying to sound like all people their age without sounding too much like any particular person." John Thompson of the Orlando Weekly calls it "a delectable New Wave–inspired dish for thoughtful viewers tired of the same old menu." Vincent Canby of The New York Times concludes, "There is nothing wrong with the idea of John and Mary, just with its execution."

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Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports 3 positive and 5 negative reviews of the film.


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  • 1970 BAFTA Award, Best Actor - Dustin Hoffman (For Midnight Cowboy and John and Mary)
  • Nominated:

  • 1970 BAFTA Award, Best Actress - Mia Farrow (For: Rosemary's Baby, Secret Ceremony and John and Mary)
  • 1970 Golden Globes, Best Actor, Musical/Comedy - Dustin Hoffman
  • 1970 Golden Globes, Best Actress, Musical/Comedy - Mia Farrow
  • 1970 Golden Globes, Best Screenplay - John Mortimer
  • 1970 WGA Awards, Best Adapted Screenplay - John Mortimer
  • References

    John and Mary (film) Wikipedia
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