Next Stop, Greenwich Village

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Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Next Stop, Greenwich Village FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byPaul Mazursky
Produced byPaul Mazursky
Anthony Ray
Written byPaul Mazursky
StarringLenny Baker
Shelley Winters
Ellen Greene
Lois Smith
Christopher Walken
Music byBill Conti
Dave Brubeck Quartet
CinematographyArthur J. Ornitz
Edited byRichard Halsey
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • February 4, 1976 (1976-02-04)
Running time
111 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$1,060,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

Next Stop, Greenwich Village is a 1976 comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Mazursky, featuring, amongst others, Lenny Baker, Shelley Winters, Ellen Greene, Lois Smith, and Christopher Walken.

Plot[edit]

The film takes place in 1953. Larry Lipinsky is a 22-year old Jewish boy from the Jewish enclave Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York, who has dreams of stardom. He moves to Greenwich Village, much to the chagrin of his extremely over-protective mother. Larry ends up hanging out with an eccentric bunch of characters, while waiting for his big break. He has a group of tight-knit friends, which includes a wacky girl named Connie; Anita, an emotionally distraught young woman who constantly contemplates suicide; Robert, a young WASP who fancies himself a poet; and Bernstein, an African-American gay man. All the while, he tries to maintain a stormy relationship with Sarah, his girlfriend. This band of outsiders becomes Larry's new family as he struggles as an actor and works toward a break in Hollywood.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filmmaker Mazursky had made his acting debut in Stanley Kubrick's 1953 film Fear and Desire (shot in New York), and Next Stop, Greenwich Village is a semi-autobiographical account of Mazursky's early life as an actor in that city.

The film was entered into the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

Casting[edit]

This film is also notable for being Bill Murray's first film, although Murray has but a few seconds of screen time and no lines. Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Walken (credited as Chris Walken) are also relatively early in their respective careers.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film was generally well received by critics. Film review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a "fresh" score of 80% based on 10 reviews.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p233. Please note figures are rentals accruing to distributors and not total gross.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Next Stop, Greenwich Village". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  3. ^ "Next Stop, Greenwich Village". Rotten Tomatoes.

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