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What's Up, Doc? -- Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal star as an eccentric girl and an equally eccentric young professor who meet at a musicologist's convention and become involved in a zany chase.


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Release Date:
10 March 1972 (USA) See more »
A screwball comedy. Remember them?
The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid over-night bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
Peters Accuses Ex Streisand Of Seducing Co-Stars
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Peerless contemporary looney-tune, a self-appointed comic valentine to the 30s served up in expert fashion by Peter Bogdanovich. See more (139 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbra Streisand ... Judy Maxwell

Ryan O'Neal ... Howard Bannister

Madeline Kahn ... Eunice Burns

Kenneth Mars ... Hugh Simon

Austin Pendleton ... Frederick Larrabee

Michael Murphy ... Mr. Smith
Philip Roth ... Mr. Jones (as Phil Roth)

Sorrell Booke ... Harry

Stefan Gierasch ... Fritz

Mabel Albertson ... Mrs. Van Hoskins
Liam Dunn ... Judge Maxwell

John Hillerman ... Hotel Manager
George Morfogen ... Headwaiter
Graham Jarvis ... Bailiff

Randy Quaid ... Professor Hosquith

M. Emmet Walsh ... Arresting Officer
Kevin O'Neal ... Delivery Boy
Eleanor Zee ... Banquet Receptionist
Paul Condylis ... Room Service Waiter
Fred Scheiwiller ... Jewel Thief
Carl Saxe ... Jewel Thief
Jack Perkins ... Jewel Thief
Paul B. Kipilman ... Druggist
Gil Perkins ... Jones' Driver
Christa Lang ... Mrs. Hosquith
Stan Ross ... Musicologist
Peter Paul Eastman ... Musicologist
Eric Brotherson ... Larrabee's Butler

Elaine Partnow ... Party Guest
George Burrafato ... Eunice's Cab Driver (as George R. Burrafato)
Jerry Summers ... Smith's Cab Driver
Mark Thompson ... Airport Cab Driver (as Mort Thompson)
Don Bexley ... Skycap (as Donald T. Bexley)
Leonard Lookabaugh ... Painter on Roof
Candice Bennett ... Ticket Seller (as Candace Brownell)
Sean Morgan ... Banquet Official

Patricia O'Neal ... Lady on Plane
Joe Alfasa ... Waiter in Hall
Chuck Holison ... Pizza Cook (as Chuck Hollom)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Byner ... Man at the Hotel Banquet (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Musicologist (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Musicologist (uncredited)

Bruce McBroom ... Man Kissing Mrs. Van Hoskin's Hand in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Clyde McLeod ... Musicologist (uncredited)
William Niven ... Painter (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Musicologist (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Musicologist (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Musicologist (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Hank Robinson ... Musicologist (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Hotel Waiter (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Allen Vick ... Airport Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Bogdanovich 
Writing credits
Buck Henry (screenplay) and
David Newman (screenplay) &
Robert Benton (screenplay)

Peter Bogdanovich (story)

Produced by
Peter Bogdanovich .... producer
Paul Lewis .... associate producer
Original Music by
Artie Butler (uncredited)
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography) (as Laszlo Kovacs)
Film Editing by
Verna Fields 
Casting by
Nessa Hyams 
Production Design by
Polly Platt 
Art Direction by
Herman A. Blumenthal 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin  (as John Austin)
Makeup Department
Don L. Cash .... makeup artist (as Don Cash)
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
Fred Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Ballew .... second assistant director
Ray Gosnell Jr. .... assistant director (as Ray Gosnell)
Doug Morrison .... second assistant director
Art Department
Robey Cooper .... prop master
Norman Hawkins .... construction coordinator
Sal Sommatino .... assistant prop man
Marty Wunderlich .... assistant prop man
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... sound
Richard Raguse .... boom man
Special Effects by
Robert MacDonald .... special effects
Joe Amsler .... stunts
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (as Craig Baxley)
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator
Paul Baxley .... stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts (as Gerald Brutsche)
Richard E. Butler .... stunts (as Dick Butler)
Ted Duncan .... stunts
Patty Elder .... stunts
Donna Garrett .... stunts
Ted Grossman .... stunts (as Ted M. Grossman)
Bob Harris .... stunts
Bill Hickman .... stunts
Loren Janes .... stunts
Dean Jeffries .... stunts
John Moio .... stunts (as John Angelo Moio)
Victor Paul .... stunts
Joe Pronto .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (as Glenn H. Randall Jr.)
Ernest Robinson .... stunts
George Robotham .... stunts (as George N. Robotham)
Wally Rose .... stunts
Alex Sharp .... stunts
Paul Stader .... stunts
Fred Stromsoe .... stunts
Jerry Summers .... stunts
Morton C. Thompson .... stunts (as Mort Thompson)
Jack Verbois .... stunts
Bud Walls .... stunts
Marvin Walters .... stunts
Richard Washington .... stunts (as Dick Washington)
Gil Casper .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer (as Richard Aguilar)
Bobby Byrne .... camera operator (as Robert Byrne)
Dick Colean .... assistant cameraman (as Richard Colean)
Robert L. Guthrie .... assistant cameraman (as Robert Guthrie)
George Hill .... key grip
Leonard Lookabaugh .... dolly grip
Aaron Pazanti .... best boy
Paul Caven .... electrician (uncredited)
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy McArdle .... costume supervisor: women's costumes
Ray Phelps .... costume supervisor: men's costumes
Editorial Department
William Neel .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Artie Butler .... conductor
Artie Butler .... music arranger
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gil Casper .... driver: insert car
Bud Dawson .... transportation
Other crew
Neil Canton .... production aide
Hazel W. Hall .... script supervisor (as Hazel Hall)
Frank Marshall .... assistant to producer
Mae Woods .... director's secretary
Harry Zubrinsky .... location manager
Joe Amsler .... stand-in: Ryan O'Neal (uncredited)
Barbara Barrett .... voice (uncredited)
Carl Combs .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Carole Conn .... voice (uncredited)
Robert Dulaine .... voice (uncredited)
Joan Patti .... voice (uncredited)
Marlene Pinckard .... voice (uncredited)
Cole Simpson .... voice (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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94 min
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The fender bender Judy causes as she crosses the street to the Bristol Hotel was added on the spur of the moment. When no stunt cars were available, Peter Bogdanovich instructed a crew member to rent two cars and make sure he got collision insurance. Then he staged the wreck before returning the battered cars.See more »
Factual errors: Contrary to popular belief, VW beetles do not float on water. They may float for a few minutes due to their structure, but they soon sink as any other car would. The VW driven into the bay sank to the bottom, and a second had to be used for the scene where the car is floating.See more »
Judy:Ah, I got an idea.
Judy:Stick with me. Stick with me kid.
Howard:This is a terrible thing we're doing.
Judy:Nonsense, you're gonna love it.
[they hijack a blue VW Beetle that has been decorarted as a get away car]
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45 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Peerless contemporary looney-tune, a self-appointed comic valentine to the 30s served up in expert fashion by Peter Bogdanovich., 2 October 2001
Author: gary brumburgh ( from Los Angeles, California

Finally, a zany, riotous slapstick comedy that lives up to what it purports to be...a zany, riotous slapstick comedy! Silly, simple and superficial, with no lowbrow, leering takes or hidden moral messages lurking, `What's Up, Doc?' is pure, unadulterated fun. Bugs Bunny should be proud.

Saluting its classic screwball predecessors, this innocent send-up has all the joy, style and panache one could ask for, hitting its broad targets about 90% of the time. Director Peter Bogdanovich, (who also wrote the story and co-produced) was at his zenith when he made this in 1972. Thirty years later, I've yet to see anything comparable top it.

Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand recycle the wacky `Bringing Up Baby' characters created most famously by Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, then Hollywood's reigning king and queen of elegant farce. The madcap plot and situations may have been altered and updated, and the approach itself may be less than chic, but the results are still the same: non-stop hilarity.

Proving before her she had a nose for comedy (she was a hoot in `The Owl and the Pussycat'), Streisand outdoes herself here. She wisely (and generously) defers to the director and, in return, churns out her most engaging performance yet as a wacky, accident-prone, highly determined gal who creates utter chaos out of confusion while striving to win the guy. She proves once and for all she is a funny, FUNNY girl, her quicksilver timing a joy to behold. And, as a bonus, she sings!

Matching Streisand schtick for schtick, O'Neal is the perfect deadpan foil as the hapless but oh-so-handsome cluck she sets her unyielding sights on. His milquetoast musicologist, who has substituted rocks for brains and is about as exciting as plankton, is wonderfully maudlin -- a textbook performance in sad-sack comedy. Bogdanovich apparently brings out the best in O'Neal (`Paper Moon') who was often vilified for his lack of cinematic presence.

Madeline Kahn, in her film debut, is side-splitting as O'Neal's prodding, adenoidal, anal-retentive fiancee. Stealing scene after scene, she offers the most consistently funny character since Jean Hagen's Lina Lamont in `Singin' in the Rain,' and that's saying something. The late Ms. Kahn a sublime farceur who could probably draw laughs from a well, would never again be put to such good use as she was under the early 70s tutelage of both Bogdanovich and Mel Brooks. And how could a slapstick comedy be complete without the comicbook villainy of snooty Kenneth Mars and Austin Pendleton's inept, rumpled genius?

Be sure also to catch a number of familiar TV faces strewn about in minor roles: Mabel (`Bewitched') Albertson, John (`Magnum P.I.') Hillerman, Sorrell (`Dukes of Hazard') Booke, Graham (`Fame') Jarvis, John (`Soap') Byner, and Randy (`Davis Rules') Quaid. Best of all, however, is diminutive Liam Dunn, hilarious in the climactic courtroom scene, as a cranky, pill-popping judge.

The film receives a tremendous boost from other key creative hands, notably the fast and furious scriptwriter and the colorful production designer. Each help to amplify what's happening onscreen.

In a time of uncertainly and skittishness, `What's Up, Doc' is a refreshing reminder that laughter is still the best medicine. Th...Th...That's all, folks!

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