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Carnal Knowledge (1971)

This movie broke sexual taboos in the frankness with which it tackled its study of two college roommates and their sexual obsessions through two decades.

The action spanned their school days in the late 1940s, up to middle-age in the early 1970s. Jack Nicholson was the lawyer who has a stormy relationship with his mistress (Ann-Margret) while Art Garfunkel and Candice Bergen play the couple who opted for marriage.

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Carnal Knowledge was Carol Kane’s film debut. The surprise of the film was Ann-Margret, who displayed a touching vulnerability as the blowsy bed mate who stoked Nicholson’s dying sexual fires.

Previously regarded as a teen-market sex kitten, the Swedish-born Ann-Margret revealed hitherto unsuspected depths as an actress.

Jonathan
Jack Nicholson
Susan
Candice Bergen
Sandy
Art Garfunkel
Bobbie
Ann-Margret
Louise
Rita Moreno
Cindy
Cynthia O’neal
Jennifer
Carol Kane

Director
Mike Nichols