Bye Bye Braverman

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One of Lumet's New York movies, based on Wallace Markfield's acidly funny novel To an Early Grave, about four literary mediocrities driving around in search of a friend's funeral (the eponymous Braverman, a lionised success), meanwhile giving vent to their spleen in conversations haunted by middle-age, failure and death. Unreleased in Britain, perhaps because of its 'doubtful' taste (at one point the four find themselves hilariously stalled at the wrong funeral), it's a little unfocused but bristles with Jewish wit and fine performances.

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Release details

Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sidney Lumet
Screenwriter: Herbert Sargent
Cast: George Segal
Jack Warden
Joseph Wiseman
Sorrell Booke
Jessica Walter
Phyllis Newman
Zohra Lampert
Godfrey Cambridge
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