Bye Bye, Braverman (1968)

Rated NR 92 minutes 1968

Bye Bye Braverman is a bittersweet adaptation of Wallace Markfield's coldly cynical novel To an Early Grave. Braverman, an idealistic minor author, dies; his four best friends, writers who in one way or another have all sold out, decide to attend his funeral. The foursome includes a disenchanted magazine writer (George Segal), a poet (Jack Warden), a book reviewer (Sorrell Booke), and an embittered bellyacher (Joseph Wiseman). Taking a picaresque journey from Greenwich Village to Brooklyn, the quartet never quite gets to the funeral, but their odyssey unearths many a self-revelation and previously unspoken truth. Like its four leading characters, Bye Bye Braverman loses its way towards the end, bringing this otherwise insightful comedy/drama to a muddied conclusion.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Sidney Lumet

Writer: Wallace Markfield and Herbert Sargent

Producer: Sidney Lumet

Cast: George Segal, Jack Warden, Joseph Wiseman, Sorrell Booke and Jessica Walter

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