A dentist pretends to be married to avoid commitment, but when he falls for his girlfriend and proposes, he must recruit his lovelorn nurse to pose as his wife.

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Toni Simmons believes that the only reason her married lover won't leave his wife is because of the children. In truth, her lover, dentist Julian Winston, doesn't have any children. In fact, Julian doesn't even have a wife - he just tells women he does to avoid getting involved. When Julian does decide to take the plunge with Toni she insists on meeting the first wife and Julian enlists the aid of his long-time nurse/receptionist Stephanie Dickinson to play the part. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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16 December 1969 (USA)  »

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Flor de cactus  »

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The original Broadway production of "Cactus Flower" by Abe Burrows opened at the Royale Theater on December 8, 1965, and ran for 1234 performances starring Lauren Bacall and Barry Nelson. See more »

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When Julian is driving Stephanie home, something (possibly a boom mic) is reflected on the top center of background screen. See more »

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Dr. Julian Winston: I must say, it's grotesque. A woman your age, throwing yourself at a kid like that!
Stephanie: And what about that eh, father-daughter thing of yours, if you don't think that's ridiculous...
Dr. Julian Winston: Well, it's different for a man. If a man is with a younger woman it looks entirely appropriate, but when it's the other way around, it's disg...
Stephanie: Well, you go to your church and I'll go to mine.
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Music by Jeff Barry
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Watch Ingrid Bergman do 'the dentist'!
15 August 2004 | by (Yorkshire) – See all my reviews

Many farcical comedies of the 60's and 70's haven't stood the test of time. Cactus Flowers is one of the few that has.

It's quick, witty, well paced, clever and most importantly funny.

It's worth watching the film for the dancing scene alone: Seeing Ingrid Bergman doing "the dentist" was hilarious.

She really shows she has a flair for comedy.

The entire cast is brilliant. Special mention goes to a very young Goldie Hawn who looks (and sounds) like a different person! This is a classic. Highly recommended


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