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The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)

 -  Comedy  -  3 November 1970 (USA)
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Can a bickering odd couple in Manhattan become friends and maybe more? Owlish Felix is an unpublished writer who vents his frustration by reporting to the super that the woman in a ... See full summary »

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Dress Shop Proprietor
Roz Kelly ...
Eleanor
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Stan Gottlieb ...
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Joe Madden ...
Old Man Neighbor
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Can a bickering odd couple in Manhattan become friends and maybe more? Owlish Felix is an unpublished writer who vents his frustration by reporting to the super that the woman in a neighboring flat takes the occasional payment for sex. She's Doris, more wildcat than pussycat, and when Felix's peeping-tom-tattle-tale routine gets her bounced from her apartment, she knocks at his door at 3 AM, aggressive and ticked off. They yell, lose another apartment, and pick up where they left off in a friend's flat and beyond. Dancing by the light of the moon seems unlikely for this owl and pussycat. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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3 November 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El búho y la gatita  »

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Trivia

The nude scenes with Barbra Streisand, cut from the film before release, later turned up in the men's magazine, "High Society", prompting an injunction from Streisand (she won). See more »

Goofs

The hankie in Doris' left hand when she's "crying" in Sherman's apartment near the beginning appears and disappears between two different camera angles. See more »

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Doris: [to Felix through the door] Swear! Swear that you are just a little fruit all alone in the hall.
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Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

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Performed by Blood Sweat & Tears
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This film has enough laughs for 10 motion pictures combined
20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the most hilarious films ever made, THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT has more laughs than ten of today's so-called "comedies" combined. Even though a few set changes and a couple of new supporting characters are added to "open up" the storyline, director Herbert Ross and writer Buck Henry manage to keep the same spirit of the original one-act, two-character play intact. There's a lot of verbal warfare in Henry's screenplay, and he seems to have a gift for penning wickedly funny dialogue. Some viewers could argue that THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT is little more than two characters insulting each other for 95 minutes, but - when those insults are so rigorously funny - who cares?

In the female lead, Barbra Streisand gives a refreshingly unsentimental performance as Doris, the semi-illiterate hooker who (for once) does not have a heart of gold. George Segal was primarily known as a dramatic actor before he was cast as Felix, the snotty book clerk/writer-wannabe. His performance is so convincing that he has been known as an expert comic ever since. The chemistry between Streisand and Segal ignites from the beginning, and it stays aflame throughout their relationship's many ups and downs. Robert Klien has a funny supporting role - and plays it expertly - but THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT remains a showcase for the chemistry between Streisand and Segal. I think well-respected film critic Pauline Kael said it best when she wrote, "Were Tracy and Hepburn ever this good. . . maybe, but they were never better." High praise indeed!


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