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By Rowan Wilder
Movie Title: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Starring: Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliot Gould and Dyan Cannon
Released: September 16, 1969 (New York Film Festival), October 8, 1969 (New York)
Basic Plot: It’s 1969, and Bob and Carol Sanders are ready to embrace the newfound idea of an open marriage, and share the news with their close, conservative friends, Ted and Alice Henderson. After Bob and Carol test the waters with affairs, and everyone’s had an opportunity to wrap their head around this “new way” of thinking, the four decide to trade partners on a trip to Vegas, only to decide that they really do want to stay with the one they’d married.
Why Re-watch: Revolutionary for its time, and right in line with 1969’s free love crusade, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is only dated in its now groovy period-piece style. Plot-wise, it could easily be renamed The Perils of Bored, White Rich People, but its stars have never been more beautiful and vibrant, and this is reason enough to revisit. It earned four Academy Award nominations (including Gould and Cannon), and one for its screenplay. Moreover, like any great work of art, you’re able to remember the first time you watched, who you were, what you thought, and reflect and assess how you’ve changed—or not. There’s a good chance you saw this movie when you were young, and now that you’re older and perhaps wiser…what do you think? Would you ever? Would your movie have the same ending? The questions and theme of “what the world needs now, is love sweet love” will never become dated.
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