Carnal Knowledge
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  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Year: 1971


One of the most controversial movies of its time, this "thought-provoking" (Leonard Maltin) comedy-drama from legendary director Mike Nichols (The Birdcage) is a funny, poignant look at relationships as seen through the eyes of two friends over a 20-year period. Superbly crafted by playwright Jules Feiffer, Carnal Knowledge is brimming with touching insights, sexy banter and powerful performances by three-time Oscar® winner* Jack Nicholson, Ann-Margaret, Candice Bergen and pop music icon Arthur Garfunkel. Jonathan (Nicholson) and Sandy (Garfunkel) are college roommates who share an endless fascinationand obsessionwith women. As time goes by, their relentless pursuit for the joys of the flesh becomes more competitive...and more damaging. Soon, Jonathan and Sandy's lives become a vicious circle of girls, booze and unfulfillment, and they realize only too late thatin the war of the sexesthey are their own worst enemy. *1997: Actor,As Good As It Gets; 1983: Supporting Actor, Terms of Endearment; 1975: Actor, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Disc Information

Fullscreen, Widescreen (2.35)

Cast & Crew

Jack Nicholson ... Jonathan
Art Garfunkel ... Sandy
Candice Bergen ... Susan
Ann-Margret ... Bobbie
Cynthia O'Neal ... Cindy
Rita Moreno ... Louise
Carol Kane ... Jennifer


Variety Staff Variety | February 08, 2008

A rather superficial and limited probe of American male sexual hypocrisies.

Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times | October 23, 2004

Stays within the universe of its characters, and inhabits it totally. And within that universe, men and woman fail to find sexual and personal happiness because they can't break through their patterns of treating each other as objects.

Bosley Crowther New York Times | May 20, 2003

In addition to being the toughest comedy since Little Murders, and the most imaginative comedy since Catch 22, Carnal Knowledge represents a nearly ideal collaboration of directorial and writing talents.


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