Portnoy's Complaint

Portnoy's Complaint

Portnoy's Complaint is a 1972 American comedy film written and directed by Ernest Lehman. His screenplay is based on the bestselling 1969 novel of the same name by Philip Roth. It was Lehman's first and only directorial effort.


The film focuses on the trials and tribulations of Alexander Portnoy, a Jewish man employed as the assistant commissioner of human opportunity for New York City.

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    contentLocation New York City
    director Ernest Lehman
    editor Sam O'Steen
    genre comedy
    keywords build end jewish man jumping off a building overbearing mother walk
    musicBy Michel Legrand
    producer Ernest Lehman Sidney Beckerman
    productionCompany Chenault Productions
    publisher Warner Bros.