R | | Drama
Chronicling the lifelong sexual development of two men who meet and befriend one another in college.
Screenwriter Jules Feiffer said he had no idea how Nicholson would tackle the multiple levels of the Jonathan and Bobbie fight, in which the character is "defensive, enraged, contemptuous, and bullying." If the actor got half of everything Feiffer had put into the scene on paper, Feiffer said he would be more than satisfied. Nicholson got everything, and on the first take, according to Feiffer. Astonished, Feiffer asked Mike Nichols what he had told the actor. "Nothing", Feiffer reports Nichols replying with a grin. "I told him absolutely nothing. He came up with it all himself."
If you had a choice...
Jonathan: Would you rather love a girl, or have her love you?
Sandy: I want it mutual.
Jonathan: I mean if you couldn't have it mutual.
Sandy: You mean would I rather be the one who loves, or is loved?
Sandy: It's not that easy a question. But, I think I'd ...