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The English Patient 

Elaine is dragged to see the movie "The English Patient (1996) " on multiple occasions, even though she absolutely hates the film.

Director:

Andy Ackerman

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Lloyd Bridges ... Izzy Mandelbaum
Liz Sheridan ... Helen
Barney Martin ... Morty
John O'Hurley ... J. Peterman
Chelsea Noble ... Danielle
O'Neal Compton ... Earl Haffler
Lisa Mende ... Carol
Gene Dynarski ... Izzy Mandelbaum Jr.
Marco Rodríguez ... Guillermo (as Marco Rodriguez)
Joe Urla ... Dugan (as Joseph Urla)
Jill Talley ... Gail
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Storyline

Jerry visits his parents in Florida. Kramer asks Jerry to pick up some Cubans while he's there, but Kramer doesn't specify whether they are cigars or not. The next day, Jerry has an encounter with Izzy Mandelbaum, the founder of the Magic Pan crepe restaurant. Izzy challenges Jerry to a weight-lifting contest, but when Izzy takes it too far, he winds up in the hospital. Jerry goes to visit and learns that Izzy, his father and his son are nearly identical in age, and each one challenges Jerry to a weight-lifting contest. Meanwhile, back in New York, Elaine is repeatedly dragged to go see the best picture winning film "The English Patient (1996) ", but she absolutely despises it. Peterman nearly fires Elaine when she gets angry and leaves half way through the movie. Peterman gets so angry at Elaine that instead of firing her, he decides to teach her a lesson by making her go to Tunisia and live in a cave for six weeks. Jerry gets back to New York and Kramer learns that the Cubans aren't... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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The English Patient (1996) won 9 Academy Awards for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Juliette Binoche, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, Best Cinematography, Best Director and Best Picture. See more »

Goofs

One of the reasons Elaine gives as to why she hated The English Patient is her contention that sex in a tub "never works". In the movie, Almásy and Katharine do share a bathtub, but they do not have sex in it. See more »

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[as Elaine turns to re-enter the theatre, she sees Gail, Carol and Lisa coming out]
Elaine Benes: [surprised] Hey, what're you guys doing here?
Lisa: We just saw "The English Patient" again.
Gail: It's even better the second time.
Elaine Benes: [sarcastically] They made it longer?
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Connections

References Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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they made it longer..
1 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Seinfeld

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the creators, of the dream sitcom for every stand up artist is the milestone set as an example on how to use your humor as a part of narrative. The series was clearly ahead of its time and fixated within that time limit when it was aired- or maybe not even then. This is how the series both remains timeless and also fails to test against time. The concept of the series- in fact there is an episode, where the series takes an almost meta turn, whispering the secretive meeting held within the confound of NBC walls about the pitch- is to just joke, just talk, analyse with a mockery tone, bombing brutally on a subject from the most privileged position under that circumstances. There is no storyline, no character development, no arc, no rhythm to follow. Usually, a film like such becomes more than a film with such an idea; take the Life Of Brian series. And similarly the series refuses to participate in the expected or not even expected aspects of the storytelling.

There is no end, no beginning, it captures a brief period with an agenda in mind that you will have the time of your life. But this is where this coherent plan backfires. First the runtime itself. Something so monotonous cannot withhold its audience for nine years. It is simply preposterous. For the style of the joke, the humor, the vocab of these characters, if as-planned is intended to be the same, will grow natural or normal to the viewers. This makes the relationship between the viewers and the characters, similar to what the viewers have in the outer world, maybe a friend or a family member.

Basically it would never be interesting, sure some cases would come up, just as chapters does in here, but that too will carry the momentum of just that brief period of screentime. Another major challenge it faces is, in order to stay far away from the textbook sitcom structure, the character has to and does deny on getting on or blending in with the society. Now that's fine. But in order to last longer they had to create an unfair world that takes uncalled detours just for the laughs, ignoring both emotional and ethical aspect of it, resulting into a physical distance that you, as an audience, carry for the rest of the series. By the end, it gets difficult to survive and something so beloved, something so smart, Seinfeld is left under a dry heap of jokes.

The English Patient

All the outings are fun in Seinfeld especially when they are at the theater, since they go a lot there. And this one adds a specific movie that I love which gets me to see their opinion and each individual's perspective, good reviews, I'd imagine.


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