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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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16 December 1969 (USA)  »

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Flor de cactus  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Burt Brinckerhoff was nominated for the 1966 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "Cactus Flower" in the role of Igor. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dr. Julian Winston: Toni, I'm going to marry you.
Toni Simmons: How do you mean, Marry?
Dr. Julian Winston: You know, marry, with the judge, the blood test, the license, that kind of marry, right away.
Toni Simmons: But what about your wife?
Dr. Julian Winston: My wife? I'll divorce her.
Toni Simmons: What about the children?
Dr. Julian Winston: I'll divorce them, too.
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The Star Spangled Banner
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Music by John Stafford Smith
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Glad I finally saw it!
27 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone told me to see "Cactus Flower," and I finally did. What a wonderful movie -- the perfect pick-me-up for a Sunday night/dreading Monday morning. Matthau and Hawn were good, but Ingrid Bergman really made this movie -- after all, it was really about her. The truly great actors can do anything, and Miss Bergman proves it. She shows us -- in the course of one film -- a range few people display in their entire career. The scene in the dance club was as hysterical as it was touching. Even as the film drew to its obvious conclusion, I found myself cheering for Miss Dickinson as if she were the Boston Red Sox. Thankfully, she made out (no pun intended) much better. ;)


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