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Portnoy's Complaint (1972)

Richard Benjamin , Karen Black , Ernest Lehman  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Benjamin, Karen Black, Lee Grant
  • Directors: Ernest Lehman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Oscar-nominee Jill Clayburgh ("An Unmarried Woman," "Starting Over") and Richard Benjamin ("Love at First Bite," "First Family") star in the hilarious film based on the sexy Phillip Roth bestseller -- about the not-so-warm relationship between a Jewish boy and his mother -- that started the sexual revolution. Co-starring Oscar-nominee Karen Black ("Easy Rider," "Nashville") and Oscar-winner Lee Grant ("Shampoo," "Defending Your Life").

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring Back Alexander Portnoy or I'll Complain! November 29, 2004
I saw Portnoy's Complaint when it first hit the theatres back in the early 1970s. I was just a teenager going through my own trials and tribulations at the time. I didn't give this movie much merit; I didn't realize the validity of this movie until years later, when I got to know a Jewish boy with a so-called "typical Jewish mother." Suddenly, it all made a whole lot of sense.

Very few movies are uniquely funny, but this movie most definitely is. Alexander Portnoy is a concupiscent Jewish adolescent whose solitary goal in life is to satisfy a very hungry libido in spite of an overbearing mother who nearly drives him to the loony-bin.

I have been waiting for this movie to be re-released for many years. This movie is a classic. I'm disappointed that the decision to release it is still in the lurch. That is MY only complaint about this film.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Movie!! February 12, 2003
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In this 1972 movie,directed by Earnest Lehman based on the novel.Starring Richard Benjamin as Alexander Portnoy during his session with his analyst,goes on from one flashback to another about his his family,childhood,sexual fantasies,women problems and his religious obsession.This is an excellent, very interesting,must see film especially for Richard Benjamin fans!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Total Classic July 11, 2006
I disagree that this movie is dated. I was born long before it's release and caught it one night on Bravo many years ago. It's highly offensive and absolutley hysterical. This deserves to be on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Portnoy's Complaint January 26, 2013
By Tom
Great film wish I could say as much for your staff. I've been waiting for 18 months to be notified of the availability of this film and found it myself while looking on another page. Do you keep track of the things you say you will? Don't offer the service if you don't provide it!!!
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