|Directed by||Fred Coe|
|Produced by||Stanley Shapiro|
|Written by||A. Martin Zweiback|
|Music by||Henry Mancini
|Cinematography||Arthur J. Ornitz|
|Edited by||Sheila Bakerman
John McSweeney Jr.
|Distributed by||National General Pictures|
|July 13, 1969|
|Box office||$1.9 million (US/ Canada rentals)|
Me, Natalie is a 1969 American comedy-drama film directed by Fred Coe. The screenplay by A. Martin Zweiback is based on an original story by Academy Award-winner Stanley Shapiro, who previously wrote Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, and That Touch of Mink for Doris Day.
Al Pacino began his film career with this movie.
From childhood, Brooklyn teenager Natalie Miller, with upper front teeth that are slightly bucked and a nose too large for her face, has considered herself homely and she never has subscribed to her mother's determined belief that she will grow up to be pretty. Her best friend Betty is a knockout gorgeous blonde with boyfriends, which further depresses her. Natalie's father, a druggist who doesn't share his wife's optimistic outlook, bribes myopic optometrist Morris to marry her, hoping his nearsightedness will prevent him from seeing she's no beauty.
After she discovers her father's plan, Natalie leaves home and moves to Greenwich Village, where she rents an apartment from eccentric Miss Dennison and sets out to enjoy a Bohemian lifestyle. She finds employment as a cocktail waitress at the Topless Bottom Club and befriends drug-addicted go-go dancer Shirley Norton. Although she contemplates suicide after discovering her aspiring artist lover David Harris is married, he finally convinces her she's a worthwhile human being and not the ugly duckling she imagines herself to be.
- Patty Duke as Natalie Miller
- James Farentino as David Harris
- Elsa Lanchester as Miss Dennison
- Deborah Winters as Betty
- Salome Jens as Shirley Norton
- Nancy Marchand as Mrs. Miller
- Philip Sterling as Mr. Miller
- Bob Balaban as Morris
- Martin Balsam as Uncle Harold
- Al Pacino (Film debut) as Tony
- Catherine Burns as Hester
- Robyn Morgan as Natalie, Age 7
In his review in the New York Times, Vincent Canby called the film "an artificial mess of wisecracks and sentimentality" and added, "Locales and a gummy musical score by Henry Mancini and Rod McKuen are among the things constantly impinging on Me, Natalie. Another is Coe's apparent indecision as to whether the movie is a character study or a gag comedy. Mostly it's just gags, delivered abrasively by Miss Duke, who is even less effective when registering pathos." 
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times found it to be "as conventional and corny as warmed-over "Young at Heart" . . . a pleasant film, very funny at times . . . Patty Duke, as Natalie, supplies a wonderful performance." 
Awards and nominations
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Patty Duke, winner)
- Grammy Award for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Show (nominee)
- Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen (nominee)