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1,745 Ratings

Carnal Knowledge

Directed by Mike Nichols
United States, 1971


Mike Nichols’ Carnal Knowledge traces the sexual and emotional confusion of two men (Jack Nicholson, Art Garfunkel) from their Amherst College days in the fifties through the Kennedy sixties, up to the Vietnam era.

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Carnal Knowledge Directed by Mike Nichols

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1972 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Writers Guild of America

1972 | Nominee: Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1972 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture

1972 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1971 | 3rd place: Best Supporting Actress

Critics reviews

Carnal Knowledge may have once offered an immediacy in its take on shifting sexual mores, but it now comes across as quaint as its sequences set in the Truman era. Nichols’s direction is reliably slick and crystalline (check out the clean lines and elegant framing of that single-take opening sequence, in which Garfunkel pursues Candice Bergen at a mixer), and there’s a lot of shadowy sulking and very written-sounding brutal talk.
February 11, 2013
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