Next Stop, Greenwich Village

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Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Next Stop, Greenwich Village FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Paul Mazursky
Produced by Paul Mazursky
Anthony Ray
Written by Paul Mazursky
Starring Lenny Baker
Shelley Winters
Ellen Greene
Lois Smith
Christopher Walken
Music by Bill Conti
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Cinematography Arthur J. Ornitz
Edited by Richard Halsey
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • February 4, 1976 (1976-02-04)
Running time
111 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,060,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

Next Stop, Greenwich Village is a 1976 drama film, set in the early 1950s, written and directed by Paul Mazursky, featuring, amongst others, Lenny Baker, Shelley Winters, Ellen Greene, Lois Smith, and Christopher Walken. 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.[2] 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 semiautobiographical account of Mazursky's early life as an actor in that city. The film was entered into the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.[3] 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) also appear for the first time in this film.


The film takes place in 1953. Larry Lipinsky is a young Jewish boy from Jewish enclave Brownsville Brooklyn, New York, who has dreams of stardom. He moves to Greenwich Village, much to the chagrin of his extremely overprotective 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, a 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.



  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. ^ "Next Stop, Greenwich Village". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Next Stop, Greenwich Village". Retrieved 2009-05-08. 

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