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Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)

Lenny Baker , Shelley Winters , Paul Mazursky  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lenny Baker, Shelley Winters, Ellen Greene, Lois Smith, Christopher Walken
  • Directors: Paul Mazursky
  • Writers: Paul Mazursky
  • Producers: Paul Mazursky, Anthony Ray
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B7QCRW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,591 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Next Stop, Greenwich Village" on IMDb

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Writer-director Paul Mazursky's transparently autobiographical Next Stop, Greenwich Village is a film of considerable charm and appeal. His alter ego in this case is Larry Lapinsky (Lenny Baker), an aspiring actor in his early twenties who leaves his Brooklyn home, kvetching mother (Shelley Winters), and hen-pecked pop (Mike Kellin) and moves to Greenwich Village, a few subway stops and several worlds away. This is the Village of the mid-'50s; Dylan and the folkies wouldn't take root there for years, and even the beat poet scene wasn't yet in full bloom. But it was the hippest place in town, filled with counter-culture artist types, and Larry, an aspiring actor, settles right in, hooking up with a gang of pals and a foxy girlfriend Sarah (Ellen Greene) almost immediately and then dealing with life's various triumphs and vicissitudes. Baker, who made only a couple more films before dying of cancer in 1982 (Greenwich Village was released in '76), is fine in the central role; an actor playing an actor, he has a field day with the rapid-fire repartee and shtick Mazursky writes for him (Greene would go on to play Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, but it's the young supporting actors, notably Chris Walken, Jeff Goldblum, and Lois Smith, who would have the more stellar careers). Overall, the film is smart and well-observed, with ample humor and warmth, along with an improvisational feel. It also tends to play very real, especially the scenes involving the two young lovers; only Winters's scenery-chewing Jewish stereotype gets tiresome. The sole bonus feature is a commentary track with Mazursky and Greene. --Sam Graham

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Larry Lapinsky (Lenny Baker) is a young man seeking fame and discovering independence in Paul Mazursky's bittersweet comedy set in the 1950's. His mother (Shelley Winters) is distraught when he leaves his traditional family home in Brooklyn and moves to bohemian Greenwich Vilage. As a struggling actor, he gets entangled with a group of free spirits, discovers adult romance and, hardest of all, copes with his overbearing Jewish mother.

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little-Known Masterpiece October 11, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This is an autobiographical film by Mazursky featuring young, then unknown New York actors like Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Murray, and it gives us one of Shelly Winter's best performances (it's unforgettable). Greenwich Village in the 50s, the Bohemian era with its cafes, rent parties, and blossoming sexual freedoms. Lenny Baker promised to be our own Jean-Paul Belmondo--he died young--and this is his best performance: sensible, yearning, funny, and blossoming with talent and ambition, he catches it perfectly. The remaining cast is surprisingly powerful, and the mood that Mazursky catches is memorable: freedom and youth, humor and youthful hypocrisy in an era cracking at the seams to reinvent the world and still have it all.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked gem. July 6, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
It's hard to explain the lack of public response to this charming comedy in 1976. Perhaps because it was released when all cities, especially New York City, were having such hard times. Or maybe it was the casting of mostly unknowns that sank it.
For whatever reason, Paul Mazursky's NEXT STOP GREENWICH VILLAGE is a classic movie about youthful ambition, betrayal, tragedy, and never-ending surplus of hope. While most directors ultimately wind up knee-deep in schlock when making a movie about their youths, Mazursky keeps his focus on honesty. There's an integrity in his examination of these young characters, as they support and/or abuse each other in pursuit of their aspirations.
The performances are sparklers. The late Lenny Baker contributes just the right amounts of comedy, self-doubt and, ultimately, self-confidence the role demands. And, as others have mentioned, Shelley Winters is totally priceless! NEXT STOP GREENWICH VILLAGE should be your next purchase.
PS--When will the dvd version come out?
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Mother Behind The Throne" July 21, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This early Paul Mazursky film could well be his finest achievement. Wonderfully mixing irony and affection, it examines bohemian New York in the 50's, its scenes generously filled with the assorted types - from fragile to vicious - who then flocked to Greenwich Village, seeking personal freedom and frequently a career in the arts. Mazursky's knowledge of that time and place is unerring; the pubs, the street life and the character types he presents are accurately, hilariously and, often, movingly drawn. From the frequenters of the San Remo to the Brando imitators at the Actor's Studio, he recreates the aspiring young people of a time long since gone but still fresh in the memories of some persons who were part of it.
A nostalgic invocation of the past, however, is not the film's sole or even chief strength. That honor goes instead to the amazing part of the actor hero's mother brilliantly portrayed by Shelley Winters, clearly in the role of her career. She is the Jewish Mother On Film for all time. Not just a stereotypical devotee of the classic formula - control guilt feelings and you control the child - she is also, surprisingly and freshly, herself a frustrated artist. When she weeps over the radio singing of Jussi Bjorling, vowing to hear him in person at the Met, or unconventionally jitterbugs, mad glint in her eye, with a black gay guy at a Greenwich Village party she crashes, we feel affection for her despite her cluelessness and manipulations. Hers is an unfulfilled life in Brooklyn, for she's bursting with an artist's energy which has no outlet. This becomes the ground of her aspiring actor son's and then our eventual respect and affection for her despite her meddling as the would-be power behind the son's throne. "Next Stop Greenwich Village," all told, is a film of considerable distinction, and it deserves to be far better known.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A few anachronisms December 15, 2008
Format:DVD
The Dave Brubeck music tracks backing the action were recorded long after 1953 when this film was set, as any jazz fan will immediately notice. And the street light poles are circa 1970s. Still, there's something warmly effective about this NYC period piece, even if Shelly Winters gets on your nerves as the Jewish mother. It's fun seeing 1976 New York set-dressed to look 20 years younger. The Caffe Reggio hasn't changed, though, even today. A little dated, overall, but worth the watch, as any Mazursky film usually is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is a bittersweet film about family, leaving "the nest", friendships, dreams, hope, & finding yourself. A young man from Brooklyn leaves home to become an actor in 1950's Greenwich Village. The late Lenny Baker is very good as Larry Lapinsky & Ellen Green is wonderful as his girlfriend. The quirky characters & situations around them add an ambiance to this movie that makes you believe it was filmed in the 1950's, & not the 70's, when it was actually made. A lot of attention was paid to detail & it shows. Shelly Winters is loud, obnoxious, funny & convincing as the typical Jewish mother (I love the scene when she shows up at his apartment with a chicken). This movie makes you wish you could jump into the film & sit with these characters, have coffee with them, ride the subway, go to one of Larry's rent parties, & experience the progressive, offbeat world of New York's Greenwich Village in the 1950's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad to find this gem on DVD! January 4, 2006
Format:DVD
Next Stop, Greenwich Village was one of the smaller, gems of a movie, that came out in 1976, and for whatever reason was diffcult to find even on vhs (except for overly priced copies) for years, so I was happy to come across a copy of the dvd- which was a low-key dvd release. The quality of the dvd is great for such a bargain price. Set in the early 1950's, you forget that this a 30 yr old film, except when you see the much younger Chris Walken, Jeff Goldblum, and a brief glimpse of Bill Murray. Wonderful acting performances by the entire cast. Buy this dvd, sit back, and take the subway to the Village and you will be in for a real treat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable snapshot of the Village on the cusp of the 1960s
I saw this when it came out, nearly 40 years ago, and was so enthralled by it that I have remembered it vividly ever since. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert J. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
It's a really nice movie. The characters are memorable, and the story is very good. It has just the right amount of serious and funny moments. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic take on the realities of early 50's NY City artistic...
"Next Stop Greenwich Village" was released in 1976, portraying a classic struggling actor in Lenny Baker's character of Larry Lapinsky. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Luke Killion
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky movie, but I enjoyed it!
This movie was featured in a local Jewish Film Festival that I was unable to attend. Based on its inclusion, I felt it was probably a movie worth seeing, so I bought it and I did... Read more
Published on November 25, 2010 by Soozi
5.0 out of 5 stars Something *Charming* About This Movie...
I don't know what it is about the NEXT STOP, GREENWICH VILLAGE DVD that I find so endearing. I'm not Jewish, am a California native, and this time period was way before my time,... Read more
Published on March 3, 2010 by Alex Honda
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, great acting, real... and it's the Village!
Excellent acting. Fun movie with real situations of life which seldom are exposed that openly today. It is nice to "feel" the old Greenwich Village, and NYC again. Loved it.
Published on November 27, 2009 by E. Abadia
4.0 out of 5 stars Next Stop Greenwich Village
I recommend this wonderful film. Being Jewish, having lived in New York as a young girl, it was rather nostalgic for me. Typcial Jewish family "Drama" and I love it!!! Read more
Published on May 11, 2009 by Zahavah
4.0 out of 5 stars Next Stop, Greenwich Village
I recommend this film, being Jewish myself, and having lived in New York as a young girl, and being a "baby boomer" it was a nostalgic film for me. Read more
Published on May 11, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars And the fine soundtrack
In addition to the fine acting (Shelley Winters and Mike Kellin) and script, don't overlook the Brubeck soundtrack ([... Read more
Published on July 7, 2008 by suzannab
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice piece of 50's Village nostalgia
This is a sweet memoire of a precious time in the life of Paul Mazursky. The man has a lot of heart and it shows here in this film which could have been really bad in the hands of... Read more
Published on March 20, 2008 by Promise
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