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The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)

R  |   |  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 Owlish Felix is an unpublished writer who vents his frustration by reporting to the super that the woman in a ...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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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 Owlish Felix is an unpublished writer who vents his frustration by reporting to the super that the woman in a neighboring flat takes the occasional payment for sex.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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El búho y la gatita  »

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Star Barbra Streisand between takes painted and studied painting. The actress had to wear special plastic gloves in order to protect her make-up manicure for her film character. Reportedly, because Streisand was a fan of the modernist artist Frank Stella, producer Ray Stark gave her an artist's smock embroidered with the name "Streisella". See more »

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The binoculars in Doris's hand turn around between shots. See more »

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Doris: [Felix and Doris are stoned in the bathtub; sound of door closing] Was that a door?
Felix: That was a door.
Doris: Did someone come in?
Felix: Unless one of us went out.
Doris: [sound of someone calling out] That is a DEFINITE person.
Felix: Correct.
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Where's the F-word when you need it?

It's great to see "Pussycat" in widescreen at last. Streisand and Siegel make a good team and the movie is still pretty racy, even by today's standards, although it would have been racier still if some bluenose hadn't removed one of Barbra's more notorious expletives from the soundtrack. Fans of the original well remember the scene in which she tells a bunch of hooligans that are harassing her and Siegel to "F---- off!" Amazingly, this line has now been dropped from the DVD version so that the two scenes that come next make little sense, including her follow-up line, "people are so touchy these days, you have to watch every word." The cropped VHS tape may have looked terrible but at least it did retain the line with the F-word, probably the first time it was ever uttered by a big female star in a major motion picture. (Of course, now screenwriters have over-used it to such an extent that you suspect they wouldn't be able to get along without it if it were ever banned from use.) Some aspects of the film would probably be politically incorrect today, such as certain homophobic slurs the hooker screams at the writer, and it's pretty hard to imagine this relationship lasting too much longer after the fadeout. Still the stars are compulsively watchable.


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