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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Lauren Bacall played the part of Stephanie Dickinson on the Broadway stage. See more »

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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 »

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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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I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight
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Music and Lyrics by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
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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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