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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

Natalie Wood , Robert Culp , Paul Mazursky  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon, Horst Ebersberg
  • Directors: Paul Mazursky
  • Writers: Paul Mazursky, Larry Tucker
  • Producers: M.J. Frankovich
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00030GPWE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,218 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Remastered in high definition
  • "Tales of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice": featurette filmed at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, Hollywood
  • Bonus Trailers

Editorial Reviews

While its particulars remain rooted in the sexual revolution of the late 1960s, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is remarkably timeless as a classic comedy of manners. Making an impressive, high-profile directorial debut after success as a screenwriter, Paul Mazursky took the pulse of California society better than anyone, especially with this well-cast, sharply observant comedy that begins when sophisticated couple Bob and Carol (Robert Culp, Natalie Wood) attend a weekend retreat that opens their eyes to the possibilities of open marriage and mutual acceptance of extramarital affairs. When they reveal their newfound liberties to straightlaced couple Ted and Alice (Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon), the subtle, behavioral richness of the largely improvisational screenplay (by Mazursky and Larry Tucker) rises to the surface, conveyed through the kind of natural rhythms and pauses that were dramatically in vogue in the fast-changing Hollywood of 1969. The film hasn't lost any of its punch, perhaps because American sexual politics have returned to the conservatism that existed before Bob and Carol emerged as the signature comedy of the swinging sixties. The absence of the late Natalie Wood is the only drawback to the DVD's excellent commentary, which reunites Mazursky, Culp, Gould, and Cannon in a casual atmosphere of humorous reminiscence. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Paul Mazursky made his directing debut with this landmark Swingin' Sixties satire, about a "sexually liberated" couple (Robert Culp and Natalie Wood) who are the envy of their more conventional friends (Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon), and the foursome's efforts to keep the sexual revolution from passing them by. 105 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a camp send-up!!!!!! October 19, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
I see I'm going to have to stand up for this film!
This is an
incredibly insightful look at the sexual revolution, filmed even as
the changes happening in our society were still developing!!!
couples struggle with the concept of fulfillment. Treating their each
and every desire for temporal pleasure as an entitlement, they come
face to face with their personal limits, and the dehumanizing aspects
of hedonism.
The end is more evocotive then Leonard Maltin ... would
have you believe.
All of them have woken up (in the evening) to
their collective morning after. They are in the elevator coming down
from their "trip." They are shellshocked. The music
swells..."what the world needs now is love sweet
Love. The part of the equation they had forgotten to
account for.
They exit the elevator and walk out into the Vegas
night. Peoplo from all over the world have come to the same place,
are struggling with the same issues, trying to find someway of making
contact with each other.
Maybe I'm just an old hippie. Maybe it is
pretentious. I also know it is the film truest to that time and what
happened to that generation.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elephant Talk? August 13, 2006
In my consumer guide mode, I should first mention one very simple way to tell whether you might like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice--do you like films that are almost all dialogue? If not, you should stay away from this one, because that's 90 percent of it. It's very poignant and often clever dialogue, but dialogue nonetheless.

A dialogue-laden film can't succeed without grand performances, and we get just that from the four principal actors. I was especially impressed with Elliott Gould, partially because I haven't always liked him in other films.

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice deals with normal, middle class couples in the late 1960s who are trying to deal with and adapt to cultural spillover from the then-popular hippie movement. Bob (Robert Culp) is a filmmaker who wants to do a documentary on something of a "personal exploration retreat". While initially checking the retreat out, he and wife Carol (Natalie Wood) completely forget about the film and become wrapped up in the personal exploration taking place. When they get back home, they introduce their new approach to life and interpersonal communications to best friends Ted (Gould) and Alice (Dyan Cannon), who think that Bob and Carol have gone a bit looney. They really think that when later Carol suddenly announces that Bob had a brief affair with another woman and they're both happy with it. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice then becomes primarily an exploration of how average middle class folks deal with attempts to incorporate hippie sexual liberation beliefs into their lives.

It's a great idea, handled with aplomb by writer-director Paul Mazursky and co-writer Larry Tucker.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Galina
Capturing the sexual revolution of the late sixties, this comedy presents two married couples, free-thinking and ready (or so they think) for an open marriage Bob (Robert Culp) and Carol (Natalie Wood) and their best friends, a more traditional couple, Ted (Elliot Gould) and Alice (Dyan Cannon). I love the film and I believe that it has aged very well. Its theme and the way it was presented are definitely not dated. Many scenes are hilarious and superbly acted by all four main characters, Gould and Cannon being outstanding. I also believe that 60s was the best dressed decade for women (don't like pirate shirts for men, though :)) and I enjoyed the beauty of the film. It's got real class that is timeless.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and Intriguing April 7, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Certainly a movie that has publicized the sexual revolution of the sixties and seventies. Very interesting how Bob and Carol's carefree attitude about sex eventually loosens up Ted and Alice's more conservative ways.
Its interesting how Bob and Carol test their relationship with their affairs. Amusing how Carol is quicker to be more accepting of their individual affairs than Bob. Ted and Alice at first are appalled by each of their infidelities. However when they hear the reasons behind their actions, they lighten up their approaches. Bob and Carol truly love each other where their affairs are merely for recreational purposes.
Those who are intrigued by psychology or the free love generation of the late sixties will be specially interested in this video.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Feel This Film Holds Up Remarkably Well May 8, 2006
Unlike alot of the films rooted in the counterculture of the sixties, "Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice" dates well because essentially it is a film that champions fidelity. How else do you expose the shallow aspects of free love without making a farce of it? Director-writer Paul Mazursky doesn't bludgeon his point home but gently tweaks it. The film is also helped that Bob (Robert Culp) and Carol(Natalie Wood) are fully-fleshed characters and not stereotypical new-agers to be mocked. You may laugh at their foibles but you do not laugh at their characters. The more interesting characters are the staid Ted(Elliott Gould) and Alice(Dyan Cannon) who the audience can probably most identify with. Ted and Alice are conservative Yuppie types who may verbalize horror at their swinging compatriots but subliminally fantasize about their lifestyle. All the principal actors are good here and the laugh quota is extremely high.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Always an entertaining comedy
This movie has special meaning to my wife and I as we saw it on our first date in 1970 but the acting, silliness and moods of that era are still easy to enjoy and appreciate.
Published 11 days ago by al joyner
5.0 out of 5 stars This is such a classic! Yay!!
This is such a funny quintessential 60s movie about two suburbanish couples who attempt to become hip swingers. It's campy, but smart. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Majeski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film for many reasons
Really enjoyed this look back at the 70"s and sexual revolution. Couples and
singles questioned their approach to sex and tested personal comforts to
explore. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sophie
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Bedfellows
Moderately entertaining period piece. Elliott Gould and the lovely Dyan Cannon as Ted and Alice seem to know they are playing a satire, but Natalie Wood and Robert Culp as Bob and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic to annoy repressed Puritans
I had to review this after seeing the so-called christians who called this vile, & that everyone involved is going to hell !! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mactavish
5.0 out of 5 stars My review.
I really liked this when I first saw it. That is why I bought it at this time, when it is available on the Internet. Five stars. Otherwise I would not have bought it.
Published 2 months ago by A. V. Jaszlics
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Really enjoyed this movie. All of the stars looked great and acted great, with an unexpected ending.
It explores the real meaning of love, not just the physical.
Published 2 months ago by AMM
3.0 out of 5 stars OK movie for these times but not really interesting.
It is outdated to these times. It was ok,,,,,,We have gone way past the situations that were shown in this movie.
Published 5 months ago by Caroline Mast
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart & Poignant & Honest & Devastating
A few weeks ago I settled in to watch `Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice' and I have to say that I expected something far less profound and meaningful than what I was actually presented... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew Ellington
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob, Carol Ted & Alice
I have fond memories of this film. It's actually holds up quite well. A great coming out piece for Dyan Cannon & Elliot Gould and good performances from two of my favorite (and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steve F.
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