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Bye Bye Braverman (21-Feb-1968)

Director: Sidney Lumet

Writer: Herbert Sargent

From novel: To an Early Grave by Wallace Markfield

Music by: Peter Matz

Producer: Sidney Lumet

Keywords: Comedy

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Sorrell Booke
4-Jan-1930 11-Feb-1994 Boss Hogg on Dukes of Hazzard
Godfrey Cambridge
26-Feb-1933 29-Nov-1976 Cotton Comes to Harlem
Graham Jarvis
25-Aug-1930 16-Apr-2003 Canadian-American character actor
Alan King
26-Dec-1927 9-May-2004 Jewish comic and Friars Club fixture
Zohra Lampert
13-May-1937   Let's Scare Jessica to Death
George Segal
13-Feb-1934   Fun with Dick and Jane
Jessica Walter
31-Jan-1941   Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development
Jack Warden
18-Sep-1920 19-Jul-2006 12 Angry Men
Joseph Wiseman
15-May-1918 19-Oct-2009 Dr. No


George Segal   ...   Morroe Rieff
Jack Warden   ...   Barnet Weiner
Joseph Wiseman   ...   Felix Ottensteen
Sorrell Booke   ...   Holly Levine
Jessica Walter   ...   Inez Braverman
Phyllis Newman   ...   Myra Mandelbaum
Zohra Lampert   ...   Etta Rieff
Godfrey Cambridge   ...   Cab Driver
Alan King   ...   The Rabbi
Anthony Holland   ...   Max Ottensteen
Graham Jarvis   ...   Man on Bus
Peter Gumeny   ...   Supporting Cast
Susan Wyler   ...   Pilar
Leib Linsky   ...   Custodian


Review by Barry Rosenberg (posted on 16-Jul-2007)

It's difficult to believe that there are people who find flaws in this film. The peculiar behavior of Elaine May as the not-too-upset widow, the disgruntled annoyance on the George Segal character, Joseph Wiseman as the disgusted Jew who must ride in a GERMAN car... the old VW Beetle owned by the Sorrel Brooke character... a failed author who is harassed by kids on the street messing with his beloved VW. The film peaks in two ways... George Segal's soliloquy in the cemetery, telling the dead beneath the headstones about the sad state of society since they died. Finally, everything by Godfrey Cambridge is good. A black cab driver speaking with Jewish phrases and cadence is so right for a black raised in a Jewish community. All in all, it's a tremendously successful satire, and I dearly wish I could buy a DVD of it... but it seems nobody realizes what a great film it is, and therefore nobody has marketed a DVD. Sad, sad, sad. It's a great film if you have an open mind.

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