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Me, Natalie (1969)

A young woman struggles for independence.

Director:

Fred Coe

Writers:

A. Martin Zweiback (screenplay), Stanley Shapiro (story) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Duke ... Natalie Miller
James Farentino ... David Harris
Martin Balsam ... Uncle Harold
Elsa Lanchester ... Miss Dennison
Salome Jens ... Shirley Norton
Nancy Marchand ... Mrs. Miller
Philip Sterling ... Mr. Miller
Deborah Winters ... Betty
Ron Hale Ron Hale ... Stanley Dexter (as Ronald Hale)
Bob Balaban ... Morris
Matthew Cowles ... Harvey Belman
Ann Thomas Ann Thomas ... Mrs. Schroder
Al Pacino ... Tony
Catherine Burns ... Hester
Robbi Morgan ... Natalie, Age 7 (as Robyn Morgan)
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Storyline

Since she was a child, Natalie Miller has always thought she was an ugly ducking. Despite her mother's encouragement that she will grow up to be pretty, Natalie has never believed it will happen. She rents a Greenwich Village apartment from an eccentric landlady and gets a job at the Topless Bottom Club. She rides a motorcycle to work, decorates her loft with a moose head, and rides up and down a dumbwaiter to get to her apartment. There Natalie meets David an artist, and the two have a love affair before she discovers he is married. Written by alfiehitchie

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I guess I really didn't need help finding a husband... what I needed was help finding myself. That's really why I left home, mama. I figured the best way to find out who I really am is to stop being what you want me to be and start being what I want me to be... See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Genç kizlar uyanin See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Patty Duke writes that she fought with director Fred Coe on the set, due to a manic depressive episode. She fiercely challenged the ending with Natalie remaining independent, saying, "It may not have been as noble, but there's no way she was going to give up that man. It might have made a more successful picture had they stayed together, but by then nobody was interested in what I thought the ending should be." See more »

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Soundtracks

Natalie
Lyrics by Rod McKuen
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by Rod McKuen, and Chorus
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Routine 60's coming of age story made worthy by a strong cast.
1 September 2002 | by misterjonesSee all my reviews

"Me, Natalie" is very much a film of two times: literally, the late 1960's (in which it takes place) and figuratively, post-adolescence, which it's heroine grapples with throughout the film. Along the literal lines, the film sensitively deals with the generation gap during the era in which it was perhaps most severe. Impressively, ageism is never cause for condescension in this film. Not so impressively, a gooey Henry Mancini soundtrack and some maudlin wanna-be-romantic photography date it pretty badly. As a coming of age story, the film is very much a contemporary of "The Sterile Cuckoo", being about a relative misfit who must find what works for her as she enters adulthood. How one feels about these eras will invariably affect how one responds to the film.

It's chief assets are it's vivid New York atmosphere and it's terrific cast. Patty Duke carries this film as effortlessly as Sandy Dennis or Natalie Wood carried earlier films of a similar nature, and she is surrounded by a terrific supporting cast. Fans of "The Sopranos" will enjoy seeing the late Nancy Marchand, who is superb as a very different type of mother than Livia Soprano. Martin Balsam and Elsa Lanchester are also memorable in brief appearances. James Farentino is effective as the artist Natalie falls in love with, and Al Pacino is charismatic in his first screen role as a cad she meets at a dance. The entire cast works beautifully, and makes a look at this film well worth while.


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