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I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968)

Peter Sellers , Leigh Taylor-Young , Hy Averback  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Peter Sellers, Leigh Taylor-Young
  • Directors: Hy Averback
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ERVK44
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,194 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!" on IMDb

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One day you're a career 9-to-5er with a pending marriage. The next, you chuck it all for beads, bell-bottoms and free love. That's how things are for Harold Fine, a dedicated lawyer about to become a more dedicated dropout. Like the brownies served by Harold's new girlfriend, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas has a hidden magical ingredient: Peter Sellers, whose flower-power performance here is in the same league as Dr. Strangelove, Inspector Clouseau and other "best Sellers." Director Paul Mazursky and his co-writer Larry Tucker spread good vibes aplenty as Harold discovers tuning in and turning on can turn out daffily disastrous. Leigh Taylor-Young and Jo Van Fleet co-star in this Age-of-Aquarius time capsule that's timeless fun.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kiss my ankh! September 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Peter Sellers is actually fairly toned down in his role as an "uptight" Jewish lawyer who decides to join the Counterculture (quite literally, overnight) after ingesting pot brownies and enjoying a roll in the hay with a free-spirited "hippie chick" (radiant Michelle Phillips look-alike Leigh Taylor-Young). Despite the dated Hollywoodized trappings of late-60's psychedelia (including the inevitable Party Scene, although interestingly nobody falls into a swimming pool for a change), Paul Mazursky's script is at its heart a serio-comic tale of one man's mid-life crisis. Sellers fans take heart,there are still some supreme comic moments (a very stoned and giggly Sellers trying to "maintain" as he watches a straight-faced man getting fitted for a minidress is a definite highlight). The film may have inspired a sub-genre of "Middle Aged Guy/Free-Spirited Young Woman" films like "I'll Never Forget What's 'Is Name" and the more dramatic "Petulia". So warm up the VCR and grab a plate of brownies (don't forget the secret ingredient!)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Needs To Be Released On DVD!!! January 18, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
It's a very sad state of affairs when a comic artist the caliber of Peter Sellers is not as appreciated as he should be. The man was a genius at playing the uptight middle class doltish kinda guy. And his Harold Fine is the quintessential umcd. I didn't see this film until the late 80's. My brother & I were stoned one night and just laughed our asses off. It was amazing how the film had retained its comic force after 20 years. After viewing it I gave it a few years and wondered if it wasn't just the added effect of the drugs but I saw it again stone cold sober and still lmao. Some of the 60's hippie-era stuff probably hasn't aged well but Sellers can't be denied. I think along with his brilliant triple-shot in Dr. Strangelove this is his best work. The film also benefits from its terrific supporting cast including Jo Van Fleet, Joyce Van Patten & Leigh Taylor Young(giving arguably the best of films many spaced-out hippie portrayals). Hopefully whoever owns the rights will get a clue and have this dvd-released sometime soon but if not I highly recommend the vhs version of this comic gem.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An area is not a date! March 18, 2007
By P.P.N.
Format:DVD
Sellers is perfect in the restricted anxious role as the repressed asmatic Jewish raised status quo lawyer, Harold Fine. Joyce (Joyce Van Patten) remarks when his car is pinned in due to an unforseen parking challenge, "You are afraid to move Harold!" A few minutes later she confesses, "I am 33 years old & that is not an easy thing for me to say!" " Then asks, "Am I going to be your wife or am I going to continue to be your concubine?!"

His doting mother fabulously played by Joyce Van Fleet confuses him when she unexpectedly enters his office crying about a recently deceased family friend (Ed Foley) who supposedly saved his life but Harold doesn't remember & Harold mistakenly thinks she is referring to his beloved father.

This film is a wonderful vintage time capsule of the 1960's yet it is just as relevant today as it was then. I was very saddened to discover that the actor David Arkin, (who played Sellers' bohemian brother, "Herbie") comitted suicide in 1991. I can't help but feel that the strange optimism which was so strong in Mazursky & Tucker's screenplay alluded Arkin.

That being said......The screeenplay is wonderful & the actors are perfectly suited for their roles. The psychedlic music/score is fantastic. The scene where hippyi-chick Nancy & Harold accidentally get his parents high with Nancy's brownies (thanks to the famous recipe by Toklas NOT Ruebens!!!) is the ultimate munchy laughing scene. I have never laughed so much in unison with film characters as I have in this film. You have to see it to understand the power in this scene. I am totally convinced afer viewing this excellent film that actors are correct - comedy IS more difficult than tragedy.

This movie makes me wonder what was so different about the 60's as right now?
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very, very different time June 2, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
The 1960s was such a unique decade - a kind of bridge connecting the bizarrely Eisenhower 50s with the polyester Nixon 70s. Watching films from the 60s is equally amusing. I watched "I Love You Alice B. Toklas" the other night, the 1968 drama/comedy starring the late-great Peter Sellers.

No multiple roles here for Mr. Sellers, and rarely a moment of slapstick. In fact, it's a serenely subtle performance as Sellers plays an inhibited square lawyer bored with the prospect of spending the rest of his life with his fiancee - a woman who happens to be his secretary. Sellers' character is about as exciting as Darrin Stephens with a hangover. But he's jarred from his straight-laced shell by the appearance of a free-spirited hippie chick who's fond of sitar music and hash brownies.

While hippies had been on the scene for a couple of years by 1968, not too many had been seen in films. But the message, I think, is the key.

A middle-aged, disillusioned man drops out of society to discover himself. He backs out of his wedding, quits his job and lives in the backseat of his car with his young hippie chick (played by the lovely Leigh Taylor-Young). This was a fairly brave stance during an era when society was told to marry, propagate and move to the suburbs.

The keynote moment, and one of the funniest scenes I have seen in a while, happens when Peter Sellers, his fiancee and his parents accidentally sample some hash brownies (made from an old Alice B. Toklas recipe, thus the film's title). This straight-laced crew, tasting drugs for the first time, fall on the floor in fits of laughter, playfully disrobe and eventually decide to play miniature golf. That's right, miniature golf. In some way, a dash of hash has enabled them to loosen up and touch their inner child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a classic that everyone must see before the journey into adulthood....
Published 20 days ago by Astara
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!
A fun movie to watch!!
Published 1 month ago by Karen L. Godwin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorite movies. I had a crush on Lei Taylor ...
One of my Favorite movies. I had a crush on Lei Taylor Young. Peter Sellers one of my all time favorite actors
Published 1 month ago by Mike Gackowski
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Brilliant Comic-Thespian Peter Sellers' Lasting Legacies (by...
OK - this is a slightly unusual Movie selection (it is not so well-known, but still a very smart, insightful and funny film from 1968, starring the incomparably original and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Book & Music thief, from HI
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding!
Published 3 months ago by Madeline Wisnowski
3.0 out of 5 stars Half-Forgotten 50 Year Old Comedy Still Funny
I LOVE YOU, ALICE B. TOKLAS! (1968) (94 minutes). A half-forgotten nearly 50 year old comedy from the Peter Sellers catalog that deserves another look. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephanie De Pue
4.0 out of 5 stars Wildy entertaining
Weird movie that starts off slow, but a great flick over all. Would recommend seeing most certainly, Alice B. Toklas brownies are encouraged.
Published 8 months ago by crissy gonzales
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love You, Peter Sellers
I love Peter Sellers so much! I really enjoyed it and thought it was pretty funny. Now I need some brownies. Groovy baby.
Published 20 months ago by Tiffany Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Expected
This is actually a pretty good film. Like a watered down tongue in cheek version of The Graduate, this movie captures well the social split - cultural revolution - that was taking... Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. Hughes
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as I remembered
I saw this movie on TV as a child and remembered it as being very funny. Sadly, it is thin on plot and the gags are predictable. Not one of Sellers' finest films. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Blue Wren
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