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The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)

R | | Comedy | 3 November 1970 (USA)
A stuffy author enters into an explosive relationship with his neighbor, a foul-mouthed, freewheeling prostitute.

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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 Owlish Felix is an unpublished writer who vents his frustration by reporting to the super that the woman in a neighboring flat takes the occasional payment for sex.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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This filmed adaptation of the source play of the same name by Bill Manhoff removed the two lead characters' interracial relationship which has been significantly synonymous with productions of the film's source stage play both prior to and after this movie version was made and released. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Felix: I'm extremely sorry but I don't know the story to "The Sound Of Music".
Doris: Oh no, that's terrible.
Felix: You thought "The Sound Of Music" was terrible?
Doris: Four times I saw that terrible movie.
Felix: You must have really hated it.
Doris: I saw it with my friend Eleanor at the Loew's King now torn down. It was playing continuous, no intermission. Get it?
Felix: I don't think so.
Doris: Her bladder burst.
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Edited into Sex: The Revolution (2008) See more »

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The Confrontation
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Performed by Blood Sweat & Tears
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A laugh riot
24 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A lot of people criticize this film for not being funnier. If it was, I probably would have suffered cardiac arrest. Barbra Streisand and George Segal are hilarious.

Seldome have I seen two great actors paired in a funny movie that really clicks.

Barbra is doing this film soon after winning an Academy Award for Best Actress in her first film (Funny Girl). She is a riot as a prostitute that absolutely drives Felix (Segal) nuts! It has to be added that this is the first major film in which a major actress says f*ck. (I hear this has been cut from all but the VHS version.) Segal chose to go the comedy route, rather than drama, for which he is equally qualified (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). He starred with Jane Fonda in the original Fun With Dick and Jane. Here he is a perfect match for Doris (Streisand) as an uptight writer.

I am not stretching the truth even the slightest bit to say that these two will crack you up.


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