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A time and place...
- el debbo
Even though I wasn't in NYC in 1969, I was in Orange County, California, this movie certainly captures that era and our coming of age better than any I've seen. Her obnoxious ways with her poor confused parents were typical of the time. When Martin Balsam is closing the pharmacy and Natalie appears in her prom gown, stood up, he calmly turns around in the darkened shop "Can I help you?" There would be a crackhead standing there if the film were made now! Gotta love 1969 for the safety that was everywhere. Really. I liked the way her judgmental self dissolved in The Village and she began to think for herself, at last. To accept herself, at last. This happened to me when I went to University, and to so many others. The music by Mancini and Rod McKuen, especially "We" ("We run together in the dark... on a warm August morning...") sets the tone for Natalie's bohemian love affair. I thought it was pretty progressive of her to have real feelings for Farentino's wife and children. And to let him know that he gave her a wonderful, lasting gift. Nice little movie.
Please release on DVD
I saw this movie in the 1980's ..... what I wouldn't give to see it again...or own it on DVD. Not being the prettiest girl in class, or in school, or in the state.... I so related to the story and the lessons I took away. With all the talk about improving young girls body image and perceptions of self worth, this movie would be a timely one to be shown on TCM.
I must have been about 12-13 years old when I saw this movie. I'll never forget how I related, even at such a young age. I always wanted to get away from where I lived and move to the village, which I finally did when I was 21. Patty Duke was like the first Punk Rocker in that movie. Yeah, I loved the dog collar around her ankle too. Wish I could see this movie again.Natalie
- S. Atwater
I love this movie please release it on DVD. I have it on VHS but the copy is bad I love the music.I love the ending when she riding her scooter and the voice over when she realizes she has to love herself.I would rewind that scene over and over.
TCM's overlooked movie....Me. Natalie
I've waited year after year after year for TCM to present this Patty Duke drama...could be her finest adult role. Script is superb and the score written by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Rod McKuen is his finest next to Breakfast at Tiffany's. Everyone rates this movie four out of five stars and people rave over it, but TCM doesn't listen to its viewers. There is no copy available anywhere. TCM is our only hope of seeing a work of art saved from oblivion.Come on, Robert, find a copy and make everyone happy.
I see many women my age remember this movie, I thought I was the only one. I wore a red dog collar around my ankle and/or boot for about 5 years after this movie came out. Does anybody else remember that she did this? At the time, I thought I was the coolest chick around for doing this. Would love to hear from anybody else who had this experience. I took a chance & put my email on here; thinking that if you are reading about this particular movie, you' re alright.
Me Natalie - Touched a generation
I was a young teenager when this came out, I remeber sitting in the Theatre with my best fried thinking this is my life up on the screen.. it has touched me for life. I heard James Farentino died today and it caused me to search again for a copy of the film.
- Rita F
I have read the book twice and wish that the movie would be available so we could enjoy it in that medium too. How long will it take? I know it would gain an audience today given the many stresses on women young and old!
This MUST be released on video/DVD!
- Teresa Nolte
I have looked and looked for this movie for YEARS and know that many, many women in all age groups would LOVE IT like I do. Not sure how many times I saw it in the theaters (mostly drive-ins) back in 69-70, but more than I can count. The poster of Eleanor Roosevelt, the antique bathtub "couch"--everything, it was so-o-o-o GREAT. I do have the old soundtrack album, but it is wearing thin. A great, coming of age, women's lib, "ugly duckling" type story. AND I GREATLY ADMIRE ANNA/"PATTY" and would love to be able to write to her. Many people have told me that I resemble her physically over the years, which has always been a compliment to me.
Hoping this movie becomes available on video
- Bee Chizek
I saw this movie back in 1969 - I was 11 years old. I'm 51 now and have only seen this movie one other time when it was on WGN - Chicago television station many years ago. I taped it (VHS)but the copy is horrible. I'm hoping against hope that it becomes available on video. The actors were wonderful as was the music - songs by Rod McKuen. This film truly touched my heart. I thought Patty Duke was incredible in her role as Natalie and James Farentino as David - what a "heartthrob".