Directed by Mike Nichols • 1971 • United States
Starring Jack Nicholson, Art Garfunkel, Candice Bergen
Tackling sex and sexual mores with a frankness hitherto rare in American cinema, Mike Nichols’s acerbic takedown of male chauvinism traces the amorous exploits of two men from their college days in the 1940s through the early 1970s. Fumbling, mild-mannered Sandy (Art Garfunkel) and the assertive, aggressive Jonathan (Jack Nicholson) adopt opposing tactics in their decades-long journeys through love, sex, and marriage—but each, in his own way, fails to truly understand what women want. Candice Bergen, an Oscar-nominated Ann-Margret, and Rita Moreno each contribute vivid performances as the complex women who drift in and out of the men’s lives.