Portnoy's Complaint

Portnoy's Complaint

Richard Benjamin
Director: Ernest Lehman Cast: Richard Benjamin
Richard Benjamin
, Karen Black
Karen Black
, Lee Grant
Lee Grant
Ernest Lehman


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Screenwriter Ernest Lehman, whose credits include the screenplays for North by Northwest, Sabrina, West Side Story, and The Sweet Smell of Success, made a less than distinguished debut as a director with this adaptation of Philip Roth's controversial novel about Alexander Portnoy (Richard Benjamin), a Jewish man who, during a session with his analyst, goes on one long tirade after another about his family, his childhood, his sexual fantasies and desires, his problems with women, and his obsession with his own Judaism. If ever there was a novel that by its nature would defy accurate presentation onscreen, this was it; but for all its flaws, Portnoy's Complaint does feature a few good performances, most notably Karen Black as Portnoy's Gentile lust object, "The Monkey", Jeannie Berlin as the memorably named local slattern Bubbles Girardi, and Jill Clayburgh as Naomi, a woman Portnoy meets in Israel. Lehman never directed again.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2012
UPC: 0883316615805
Original Release: 1972
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 42,299

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Benjamin Alexander Portnoy
Karen Black Mary Jane Reid
Lee Grant Sophie Portnoy
Jack Somack Jack Portnoy
Jeannie Berlin Bubbles Girardi
Jill Clayburgh Naomi
D.P. Barnes Dr. Otto Spielvogel
Tony Brande Cab Driver
John Carradine Judge (voice)
Kevin Conway Smolka
Mike de Anda Mr. Harero
Francesca de Sapio Lina
Renee Lippin Hannah Portnoy
William Pabst Inn Clerk
Jessica Rains Girl In Office
Lewis J. Stadlen Mandel
Carmen Zapata Mrs. Harero
Eleanor Zee Woman in Hospital Bed

Technical Credits
Ernest Lehman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Sidney Beckerman Producer
Robert F. Boyle Production Designer
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Michel Legrand Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Michelson Art Director
D. Michael Moore Asst. Director
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Sam O'Steen Editor
Philip Roth Source Author
Charles Schram Makeup
Gordon Scott Editor
Bruce Wright Sound/Sound Designer

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