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John Goldfarb, Please Come Home

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!
1965 Theatrical Poster
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Produced by Parker--Orchard Productions
Written by William Peter Blatty
Starring Shirley MacLaine, Peter Ustinov, Richard Crenna
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Editing by William B. Murphy
Distributed by Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Release date(s) 24 March 1965
Running time 96 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,705,000[1]
Box office $3,000,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[2]

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home is a 1963 novel by William Peter Blatty that was adapted as a film by the same title, released in 1965.


The comic spoof of the Cold War was inspired by a May 1960 incident involving American Francis Gary Powers, a CIA operative whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking an international diplomatic incident. Blatty's tale concerns John "Wrong-Way" Goldfarb, a former college football star who once ran 95 yards for a touchdown in the wrong direction. Now a U-2 pilot, his plane malfunctions and crashes in the mythical Arab kingdom of Fawzia.

The country's leader threatens to turn him over to the Soviets unless he agrees to coach a football team. Jenny Ericson, the magazine journalist who made Goldfarb famous, is on an undercover assignment as a member of the King's harem, and when she discovers she was wrong in thinking the King is no longer romantically interested in his wives, she seeks help from Goldfarb. The King blackmails the U.S. Department of State into arranging an exhibition football game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and his own team. Jenny becomes a cheerleader and then the quarterback who scores the winning touchdown for Fawz University.


Production notes

Blatty's book originally was written as a screenplay, but when no studios expressed interest in it, he reworked it as a novel, which was published by Doubleday (ISBN 0553142518). The novel's success led Twentieth Century-Fox to acquire the film rights, and Blatty submitted his original script for a feature film directed by J. Lee Thompson.

Fox expected the film to be its Christmas 1964 release, however the University of Notre Dame filed a defamation lawsuit and got a court injunction to delay the release of the film, claiming the studio had "knowingly and illegally misappropriated, diluted and commercially exploited for their private profit the names, symbols, football team, prestige, high reputation and goodwill" of the university. The lawsuit wasn't settled until the following year, when the studio finally won its case.[3]

The film was a critical failure and earned back only $3,880,000 of its $4 million budget.[4]

Later, Jim Backus wrote a memoir called What Are You Doing After the Orgy?, the title taken from a line of Backus's in the film.


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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