Barefoot in the Park

Synopsis: New Yorkers Paul Bratter and Corie Bratter née Banks have just gotten married. He is a stuffed shirt just starting his career as a lawyer. She is an independently minded free spirit who prides herself on doing the illogical purely out of a sense of adventure, such acts as walking through Washington Square Park barefoot when it's 17°F outside. Their six day honeymoon at the Plaza Hotel shows that they can get to know each other easily in the biblical sense. But they will see if they can get to know each other in their real life when they move into their first apartment, a cozy (in other words, small), slightly broken down top floor unit in a five story walk-up. While Corie joyfully bounds up and down the stairs, Paul, always winded after the fact, hates the fact of having to walk up the six flights of stairs, if one includes the stairs that comprise the outside front stoop. Beyond the issues with the apartment itself, Paul and Corie will have to deal with an odd assortment of neighbors,
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Gene Saks
Production: Paramount Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

or a beer,

but we don't have

anything yet.

A glass

of water's fine.

Except we don't have

any glasses either.


You could, uh...

put your head under

and just schlurp.

Oh, no, I don't have

enough breath to slurp.


Where would you

like the phone?

Gee, uh...

I don't know.

Any suggestions?

Well, it all depends

on what you're going

to do with the room.

You going to have

furniture in here?



Listen, you can give me

a long extension cord,

and I'll carry it around with me

the first few years.

Good. I'll use

the old connection.


You're really going

to live up here, huh?

I mean every day.

Every day.

I hope that's the men

with the furniture.

I don't want to see this.

Hello, Bloomingdale's!

Lord & Taylor's.


Up here, top floor!

Oh, my God.

It's probably another wedding gift

from my mother.

She sends wedding gifts

twice a day.

I hope it's

an electric heater.

Is it cold in here?

I can't grip the phone.

Maybe the steam is off.

Maybe that's it.

Just turn it on.

It'll come right up.

It is on.

It's just not

coming up.


Your husband have

a lot of sweaters?

I prefer it this way.

It's a medical fact

that steam heat's bad for you.

Yeah? In February?

Just put them down


I know. I know.

Oh, I'm terribly sorry

about the stairs.

I think he wants you

to sign it.


Oh, wait a minute.

There you are.

Are you going

to be all right?

That's a shame,

giving a job like that

to an old man.

He's probably

only 25.

They age fast

on this route.

O.K., lady,

you're in business.

My own phone.

Can I make

a call yet?

Your bill started

two minutes ago.

Who can I call?

Oh, by the way,

my name is Harry Pepper.

If you ever have

phone trouble,

do me a favor...

don't ask for Harry Pepper.

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Neil Simon

Marvin Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927) credited as Neil Simon, is an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.Simon grew up in New York City during the Great Depression, with his parents' financial hardships affecting their marriage, giving him a mostly unhappy and unstable childhood. He often took refuge in movie theaters where he enjoyed watching the early comedians like Charlie Chaplin. After a few years in the Army Air Force Reserve, and after graduating from high school, he began writing comedy scripts for radio and some popular early television shows. Among them were Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows from 1950 (where he worked alongside other young writers including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Selma Diamond), and The Phil Silvers Show, which ran from 1955 to 1959. He began writing his own plays beginning with Come Blow Your Horn (1961), which took him three years to complete and ran for 678 performances on Broadway. It was followed by two more successful plays, Barefoot in the Park (1963) and The Odd Couple (1965), for which he won a Tony Award. It made him a national celebrity and "the hottest new playwright on Broadway." During the 1960s to 1980s, he wrote both original screenplays and stage plays, with some films actually based on his plays. His style ranged from romantic comedy to farce to more serious dramatic comedy. Overall, he has garnered 17 Tony nominations and won three. During one season, he had four successful plays running on Broadway at the same time, and in 1983 became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor. more…

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