John and Mary (Film)

John and Mary (Film)

Infobox Film
name = John & Mary

caption =
director = Peter Yates
producer = Ben Kadish

writer = John Mortimer
Mervyn Jones (Novel)
starring = Dustin Hoffman
Mia Farrow
Michael Tolan
music = Quincy Jones
cinematography = Gayne Rescher
editing = Frank P. Keller
distributor = 20th Century Fox
runtime = 92 min.
Rated = PG
country = USA
language = English
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
website =
amg_id = 1:97241
imdb_id = 0064513

"John & Mary" is a 1969 American romantic drama film directed by Peter Yates. It stars Mia Farrow as Mary, and Dustin Hoffman as John, directly on the heels of "Rosemary's Baby" and "Midnight Cowboy", respectively (as well as "Bullit" for Yates). The screenplay was adapted by John Mortimer from Mervyn Jones' novel.

It was released theatrically in North America on December 14, 1969. [ [ Box Office Mojo.] ] It received an R rating upon its original release, [ [ Ratings @ IMDb.] ] which was later downgraded to a PG rating.


"John & Mary" begins the morning after John and Mary meet in a bar, during a conversation about Jean-Luc Godard's "Week End", and go home with each other. The story unfolds during the day as they belatedly get to know each other over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Flashbacks of their previous bad relationships are interspersed throughout when something in their conversation brings the thought up.


Critical Reception

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times says, "John and Mary" is supposed to be a contemporary movie, I guess, and yet it's curiously out of touch. John and Mary shadow box uneasily with the American language, trying to sound like all people their age without sounding too much like any particular person." [ [ Roger Ebert @] ] John Thompson of the Orlando Weekly calls it "a delectable New Wave–inspired dish for thoughtful viewers tired of the same old menu." [ [ John Thompson @ Orlando Weekly.] ] Vincent Canby of the New York Times concludes, "There is nothing wrong with the idea of John and Mary, just with its execution." [ [ Vincent Canby @] ]

The film holds a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. [ [ Rotten Tomatoes.] ]



*1970 BAFTA Award, Best Actor - Dustin Hoffman (For "Midnight Cowboy" and "John & Mary") [ [ Awards @ IMDb.] ]


*1970 BAFTA Award, Best Actress - Mia Farrow (For: "Rosemary's Baby", "Secret Ceremony" and "John & Mary")
*1970 Golden Globes, Best Actor, Musical/Comedy - Dustin Hoffman
*1970 Golden Globes, Best Actress, Musical/Comedy - Mia Farrow
*1970 Golden Globes, Best Screenplay - John Mortimer
*1970 WGA Awards, Best Adapted Screenplay - John Mortimer


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