Portnoy's Complaint (1972)


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Drama, Comedy
1h 41min
Age rating


Richard Benjamin
Alexander Portnoy
Karen Black
Mary Jane Reid
Lee Grant
Sophie Portnoy
Jack Somack
Jack Portnoy
Renée Lippin
Hannah Portnoy
Jeannie Berlin
Bubbles Girardi
Lewis J. Stadlen
Mandel (as Lewis Stadlen)
Jessica Rains
Opening Girl
William Pabst
Clerk at Inn
Eleanor Zee
Woman in Hospital Bed
Tony Brande
Cab Driver
D.P. Barnes
Dr. Spielvogel
John Carradine
Judge (voice) (uncredited)
Arline Bletcher
Elevator Lady #2 (uncredited)
Minta Durfee
Elevator Lady #1 (uncredited)


The film focuses on the trials and tribulations of Alexander Portnoy, a Jewish man employed as the assistant commissioner of human opportunity for New York City. During a session with his psychoanalyst, he explores his childhood, his relationship with his overbearing mother, his sexual fantasies and desires, his problems with women, and his obsession with his own religion. Via flashbacks, we learn about his affairs with Bubbles Girardi, the daughter of a local hoodlum; Israeli Naomi; and shiksa Mary Jane Reid, whose nickname "Monkey" reflects her remarkable agility at achieving a variety of sexual positions. Mary Jane seemingly is the girl of Portnoy's dreams, but as their relationship deepens and she begins to pressure him into giving her a ring, he shrinks from making a permanent commitment to her. Wikipedia

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