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


Where it says

keep off the grass

Isn't recommended

for the very old

But when you're young

and you're in love

The world is beautiful

And I'm not a bit afraid

of you catching cold

Running barefoot

through the park

Searching bareheaded

in the rain

For a midwinter daisy

Seems kind of crazy

to do

But come along,

my barefoot love

To the fields

that shine with spring

We just got married!

Though it's 10 below

Let me go knee-deep

in daisies with you

La la la...

They just got married.

La la la

la la la la

La la la la la la

la la la la la

La la la la

la la la la

La la la la la

La la la la

la la la la la la la

La la

la la


This is the Plaza Hotel,



Corie, it's the Plaza.

Wait a minute.

I'm not finished.

Corie, the man

is waiting.

Give him a big tip.

Paul, tell me you're not sorry

we got married.

After 40 minutes?

Let's give it

a couple of hours first.

If the honeymoon

doesn't work out,

let's not get divorced.

Let's kill each other.

Let's have

a maid do it.

I hear the service

here's wonderful.



Thank you.

Come on.

Good afternoon.


My hand.

I need my hand.

"Mr. Paul Bratter. "


Is Mrs. Bratter

staying with you?

My mother?

Oh! Mrs. Bratter, yes.

Mr. And Mrs. Bratter.

How long will you

be staying with us, Mr. Bratter?

Six days.

And nights.

It's a pleasure

to have you at the Plaza.

Ha ha ha!

Come on.

Corie, let's stop.

This way, please.

Ex-excuse me.

Excuse us, please.

Mr. Adams, I hope you realize

I'm only 15 years old.


Thanks a lot.

They're so stuffy

around here.

Is this what life

is going to be like

for the next

50 years?

Is that all we're going

to be married, 50 years?

That's not very long.

Wait. Don't make

rash judgments.

I think I'm going

to be a lousy wife.

Don't be angry with me.

I love you very much,

and I'm very sexy.

Then let's go inside.

I'm paying $30 a day.

O.K., Paul,

let's start the marriage.

Good luck, Paul.

Good luck, Corie.

Forget it. They're

never coming out.

How long

has it been now?

Five days.

Whew! That must be

a hotel record.

For a political


A honeymoon record

is nine days.

Wait a minute, Paul!

Where are you going?


I have to go to work.

I don't do this

for a living, you know.

Can't you call in sick?

I am sick,

but I have to go.

Last night you promised

you'd never leave me.

It's just till 5:30.

If it's a good marriage,

it'll last until 5:30.

See ya.

Tonight, hey?

What was that?

A kiss?

Would you get inside?

It's a nice hotel.

Was that a kiss?

If that's what kisses

are going to be like,

don't bother coming back

at 5:

I can't kiss you


My lips are numb.

Now will you please go inside.

If you don't give me

a real kiss,

I'm going to give you back

your pajamas.

Right now.




Couldn't you

make it 4:




At the new apartment.

It's 49 West 10th Street.

I love you!

Yeah. Uh.

Thank you, Mr. Dooley.

Next time

you're in New York,

just call me up.



Up here, top floor!

Top floor.

Take your time!


Top floor.

It's always

the top floor.

Whatever happened

to elevators?

Let's see.

The bed is 6 feet long

and the room

is 51/2 feet

and I'm in big trouble.


Hi. Teleph...

Telephone company.

The phone?


Oh, great!

Come on in.

That's... that's

quite a climb.

Yes. Five flights,

if you don't count the front stoop.

Yeah, I counted

the front stoop.

Uh, would you like

a glass of water?


I'd offer you soda

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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