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John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965) DVD

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John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965)


J. Lee Thompson    


William Peter Blatty    


Shirley MacLainePeter UstinovRichard Crenna
Politics and sports clash in this occasionally funny spoof centered around a downed U2 pilot and an extravagant oil sheik. John Goldfarb (Richard Crenna), a former football player, now pilot, sent on a reconnaissance mission over the Soviet Union, is lost and crash-lands in the Middle Eastern kingdom of Fawzia. King Fawz (Peter Ustinov) is constructing a football team to defeat Notre Dame and demands that Goldfarb coach his team or be handed over as a spy. In the interests of international relations, the U.S. State Department not only complies with King Fawz's request to bring the Notre Dame team to his country but in true diplomatic form insists that they throw the game. The romantic interest appears in the form of Jenny Ericson (Shirley MacLaine), an American reporter on an undercover assignment in the king's harem. A pleasant view in scanty harem garb, she lends mild amusement to the story with attempts to avoid the king's amourous advances. Although the humor falls short of its potential, the film was fortuitously saved from obscurity due to publicity generated by an unsuccessful lawsuit brought agianst the studio by the University of Notre Dame, which objected to a scene involving Notre Dame players fraternizing with harem girls. The screenplay for John Goldfarb, Please Come Home was written by William Peter Blatty who was later known for his award winning novel and screenplay The Exorcist.

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  1. A Politically Incorrect Classic! I love it. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Jan 15th 2020

    I have looked for this on DVD for YEARS and finally found it. A cast of notable names takes a shot at almost everything happening in the 1960s from feminism to international relations to college football! I only gave it 4 stars because there are some technical glitches that were probably on the original film as I seem to remember the same issues the last time I saw it on TV. Still a masterpiece though that no network would touch these days.

  2. Not world class literature, but a fun escape 5 Star Review

    Posted by on May 31st 2018

    This is a zany bit of fluff - escapism. [And boy! do we have a lot to escape from (if even for a few moments) in our current culture!] What drew me to this film was the performance of Peter Ustinov in one of his most off-beat roles.

  3. great 60's comedy 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Apr 4th 2018

    great 60's light comedy with Shirley MacLaine matched with Richard Crenna opposite Peter Ustinov playing a arab king.

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