Me, Natalie

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"The night she broke the Sex Barrier- OR DID SHE?"
  • M/PG
  • 1969
  • 1 hr 51 min
  • 6.4  (1,151)

Me, Natalie is a heartwarming and poignant drama from 1969, directed by Fred Coe and starring Patty Duke in one of her most memorable roles. The movie follows the titular Natalie Miller, a young woman living in Brooklyn who dreams of escaping her dull and restricting existence and finding something more in life. Natalie is a plain and awkward girl who doesn't fit in with the hip and fashionable crowd of her neighborhood, and who is constantly belittled and dismissed by her overbearing mother (played by a scene-stealing Elsa Lanchester). She works as a clerk in a clothing store and spends her days fantasizing about glamorous movie stars and handsome men who will sweep her off her feet.

One day, Natalie decides to move out of her suffocating home and into a run-down apartment, where she hopes to find independence and freedom. There, she meets a group of eccentric and artistic neighbors who welcome her into their circle and encourage her to pursue her dreams.

Among these neighbors, Natalie finds a kindred spirit in David Harris (played by James Farentino), a struggling artist who shares her passion for beauty and creativity. David is initially dismissive of Natalie and her naive desires, but as they spend more time together, he comes to appreciate her unique perspective and her unyielding spirit.

Despite the obstacles and setbacks that Natalie must overcome, she remains hopeful and optimistic, determined to forge a path for herself that is true to her heart. Along the way, she learns important lessons about love, friendship, and the true meaning of success.

Patty Duke delivers a stunning performance as Natalie, capturing all the nuances of her character's complex and vulnerable personality. She imbues Natalie with a quiet strength and a fierce determination that make her an inspiring and relatable heroine, while also conveying her insecurities and doubts with sensitivity and grace.

The supporting cast is equally impressive, with James Farentino bringing a brooding intensity to his role as David, and Martin Balsam providing comic relief as a hapless talent agent. But it is Elsa Lanchester who steals the show as Natalie's batty but lovable mother, delivering some of the movie's most memorable lines with impeccable timing and wit.

Me, Natalie is a timeless and uplifting film that speaks to the hopes and dreams of anyone who has ever felt like an outsider or an underdog. With its charming characters, witty dialogue, and moving storyline, it is a must-see for anyone who loves classic cinema and heartwarming tales of self-discovery.

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    1 hr 51 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (1,151)