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Cactus Flower (1969)

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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The prickly stage success that convulsed audiences around the world... with all its barbed wit and the sharpest comedy cast of the year! See more »

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16 December 1969 (USA)  »

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Flor de cactus  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Julian is driving Stephanie home, the shot from the driver's side of the car reveals the shadow of the car against the traffic on the movie screen behind them. See more »

Quotes

Igor Sullivan: You're lucky I broke in.
Toni Simmons: Why did you?
Igor Sullivan: I thought you were dying.
Toni Simmons: Well, that was the whole idea.
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A Time for Love Is Anytime
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
Vocal by Sarah Vaughan
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Underrated comedy uplifted by star trio.
14 September 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Adapted from the Broadway play, Cactus Flower is nonthink entertainment given superlative star treatment by Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, and Goldie Hawn. Hawn, in her Oscar-winning debut, plays Toni, a twentysomething free spirit engaged to dentist Julian Winston (Matthau), who isn't ready to give up his bachelorhood just yet. To avoid marriage, he lies to Toni and tells her that he is already married (with children) to his assistant, Stephanie (Bergman). At first, Stephanie is against the idea of being dishonest, but because of the secret love she harbors for Julian, she gives in. Romantic entanglements ensue, leading to a touching conclusion. Ingrid Bergman always had a flair for light comedy, but was only given rare opportunities to show it (Indiscreet, The Yellow Rolls-Royce). Matthau is wonderfully befuddled, and Hawn began the first in a series of kooky characterizations. With hilarious support from Jack Weston, Rick Lenz, and Eve Bruce, Cactus Flower is a blossoming laugh fest!


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