Cactus Flower (1969)

M  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  16 December 1969 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Rick Lenz ...
Igor Sullivan
Señor Arturo Sánchez
Irene Hervey ...
Mrs. Durant
Irwin Charone ...
Record Store Manager
Matthew Saks ...


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 <>

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and so with all its breakout joy, "Cactus Flower" comes full bloom to the screen See more »


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Release Date:

16 December 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flor de cactus  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brenda Vaccaro was nominated for the 1966 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for "Cactus Flower" as Toni. See more »


Toward the end of the movie, when Nurse Dickinson is straightening the waiting room and Señor Sanchez enters, she has on dark shoes. In a subsequent shot, she has on white shoes. See more »


Toni Simmons: [after they've observed Stephanie's prowess on the dance floor] Everything you told me about your wife was true. She's not a lady, she's a barracuda!
Dr. Julian Winston: I don't care to discuss it anymore.
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Referenced in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #3.23 (1970) See more »


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Music by Quincy Jones
Vocal by Johnny Wesley
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Classy comedy, unbeatable Bergman
10 April 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Ingrid Bergman, playing dentist Walter Matthau's faithful receptionist who harbors a little crush on her boss, is absolutely wonderful in this film. She handles the witty repartee in the script with aplomb and steals a terrific scene where she and Goldie Hawn talk in a record booth (Ingrid's monologue is a front, but her face tells you she believes in it with all her heart). Matthau is an odd choice for the leading man (he's too old for Goldie Hawn and too unrefined for Bergman, not to mention too unfocused to be a dentist), but I liked the way he tries hard to please Goldie and stumbles around trying to free himself from a lie. Hawn (who won a Supporting Oscar) is just as fresh and bubbly as she is today. This bedroom farce isn't terribly sophisticated (and faintly reminds one of "Any Wednesday" besides), but it's a welcome relief from the noisy, teen-oriented comedies churned out of present-day Hollywood. "Cactus Flower" is a lovely sigh! *** from ****

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