Carnal Knowledge

Synopsis: The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are affected by the sexual mores of the time and their own temperament, especially in relation to the respective women who end up in their lives. Their story begins in the late 1940s when they are roommates attending Amherst College together. Both virgins, they discuss the type of woman they would each like to end up with. Sandy, the more sensitive of the two, meets Susan at a mixer, she who he believes is going to be the one to who he will lose his virginity. Sandy goes through the process methodically, taking into account what he thinks Susan wants, but without much true passion or romance. Jonathan, the more sexually aggressive of the two, ends up losing his virginity first to "Myrtle", who ends up being a steady but hidden girlfriend. Based on what each knows of the other's relationship, both Jonathan and Sandy strive for a little more of what the other has. These relationships also set
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Mike Nichols
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

Round John Virgin


Holy infant

so tender and mild

All right,






I always thought

it was gunshee.

Susan, do the one

about the bear.

You'll love

this, John.

Oh, yeah, the hymn

we used to sing in church

about the bear

with crossed eyes?

Whose name was Gladly.

Gladly the bear?

Don't you know it?

Gladly the cross-eyed bear.

Gladly the cross-eyed

bear, get it?

Gladly the cross...

oh, Gladly the

cross-eyed bear!

( laughing )

All right,

pronounce this:




( laughing )


( laughing )

This has to stop.

I don't know

how to tell him.

You don't

have any trouble

telling him a lot

of other things.

- What does that mean?

- The way you talk to him.

I don't ever hear you

talking to me that way.

What way?

I don't know.

He's very


I don't want

to hurt him.

You're hurting me.

He loves me.

That's no reason

to go to bed with him.

You would have just

gone on, wouldn't you,

if he hadn't told me?

I don't know.

I would have never

known a thing about it.

I don't know,


Boy, you're

really something.

I don't feel

like something.

I feel

like nothing.

How much longer do you

expect me to take this?

I'm trying

to tell him.

I see how

you're trying.

It's not my fault.

I don't enjoy

these fights.

Listen, it's me you're

supposed to be in love with.

- I'm gonna tell him.

- What?

- I'm gonna tell him

about you and me.

- No, Jonathan!

Why don't you

give me some of

the understanding

that you give to him?

You're stronger.

You tell him

everything else.

You can

tell him about us.

What do you mean,

I tell him everything?

Who says so?

He tells me,

he's my best friend.

Are you

going to tell him?

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Jules Feiffer

Jules Ralph Feiffer (born January 26, 1929) is an American syndicated cartoonist and author, who was considered the most widely read satirist in the country. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 as America's leading editorial cartoonist, and in 2004 he was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame. He wrote the animated short Munro, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1961. The Library of Congress has recognized his "remarkable legacy", from 1946 to the present, as a cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter, adult and children's book author, illustrator, and art instructor.When Feiffer was 17 (in the mid-1940s) he became assistant to cartoonist Will Eisner. There he helped Eisner write and illustrate his comic strips, including The Spirit. He then became a staff cartoonist at The Village Voice beginning in 1956, where he produced the weekly comic strip titled Feiffer until 1997. His cartoons became nationally syndicated in 1959 and then appeared regularly in publications including the Los Angeles Times, the London Observer, The New Yorker, Playboy, Esquire, and The Nation. In 1997 he created the first op-ed page comic strip for the New York Times, which ran monthly until 2000. He has written more than 35 books, plays and screenplays. His first of many collections of satirical cartoons, Sick, Sick, Sick, was published in 1958, and his first novel, Harry, the Rat With Women, in 1963. He wrote The Great Comic Book Heroes in 1965: the first history of the comic-book superheroes of the late 1930s and early 1940s and a tribute to their creators. In 1979 Feiffer created his first graphic novel, Tantrum. By 1993 he began writing and illustrating books aimed at young readers, with several of them winning awards. Feiffer began writing for the theater and film in 1961, with plays including Little Murders (1967), Feiffer's People (1969), and Knock Knock (1976). He wrote the screenplay for Carnal Knowledge (1971), directed by Mike Nichols, and Popeye (1980), directed by Robert Altman. Besides writing, he is currently an instructor with the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton. more…

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