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What's New Pussycat (1965)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 June 1965 (USA)
A playboy who refuses to give up his hedonistic lifestyle to settle down and marry his true love seeks help from a demented psychoanalyst who is having romantic problems of his own.

Director:

Clive Donner

Writer:

Woody Allen (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Dr. Fritz Fassbender
Peter O'Toole ... Michael James (as Peter O'toole)
Romy Schneider ... Carole Werner
Capucine ... Renée Lefevre
Paula Prentiss ... Liz Bien
Woody Allen ... Victor Shakapopulis
Ursula Andress ... Rita
Eddra Gale ... Anna Fassbender (as Edra Gale)
Katrin Schaake ... Jacqueline
Eléonore Hirt ... Mrs. Werner (as Eleonor Hirt)
Jean Parédès Jean Parédès ... Marcel (as Jean Paredes)
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ... Etienne
Jess Hahn ... Mr. Werner
Howard Vernon ... Doctor
Michel Subor ... Philippe
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Storyline

Michael James, a notorious womanizer, desperately wants to be faithful to his fiancée Carole, but runs into serious problems since every woman he meets seems to fall in love with him. His psychoanalyst Dr. Fassbender can't help him either since he's busy courting one of his patients who in turn longs for Michael. A catastrophe appears on the horizon as all the characters check into the Chateau Chantelle hotel for the weekend not knowing of each other's presence. Written by Robert Zeithammel

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Comedy

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Was gibt's Neues, Pussy? See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,820,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The art nouveau house featured in the movie was designed by the same architect, Hector Guimard, who designed the famous Paris Metro stations. It was demolished four years after the movie was made. See more »

Goofs

In the first visit Michael has with Liz, she goes into the bathroom, and while he is contemplating some fuzz pulled from her outfit there's a shadow of a stagehand (probably) briefly crossing in the background. See more »

Quotes

Renee Lefebvre: When the light hits him a certain way, he's almost handsome.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature animated titles of the main seven cast members. Peter Sellers's credit appears backwards, so the film stops briefly to correct this. See more »

Connections

References Becket (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

What's New Pussycat
(1965)
Music by Burt Bacharach (uncredited)
Lyrics by Hal David (uncredited)
Sung by Tom Jones
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Peter Sellers - Under Appreciated - Under Recognized
2 March 2004 | by stuneimanSee all my reviews

What's New Pussycat makes no pretense of being anything other than what it seems on the surface. Peter O'toole holds the lead in a high energy performance consistent with the times that the film represents and was made in. It is Peter Sellers who, once again, steals the screen as the whacked-out Dr. Fritz Fasbender. His performance is classically neurotic "Sellers," with one of his best bavarian (austrian, german - whatever) accents which makes the character. Fans of the Austin Powers series are well served in seeing this film for the influences it produces some 30 years later. Ultimate this is a very funny period piece, uncharacteristically written by Woody Allen (who also co-stars in the film). One of the best scenes of the film occurs between Allen and Sellers as Allen interrupts Sellers Overly Dramatic Suicide with an annual dinner ritual. The humor is raw, the move is fun and should be taken at face value. For Peter Sellers fans this film is a MUST.


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