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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.

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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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[under cast listing] They're all together again! (for the first time!) See more »

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What's New Pussycat See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,820,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in which Victor Skakapopulis (Woody Allen) celebrates his 29th birthday on the wharf was filmed on December 1, 1964, Allen's actual 29th birthday. See more »

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When the anarchist's bomb explodes, Carole does not react to it, although everybody else does. See more »

Quotes

Liz Bien: You're right. I must face my problems. I can't go through life being a semi-virgin.
Michael James: What, in the name of all that is gracious, is a semi-virgin?
Liz Bien: Here, I'm a virgin. In America, I'm not.
Michael James: What do they do, stamp it on your passport?
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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 »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Marge Gets a Job (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Here I Am
(1965)
Music by Burt Bacharach (uncredited)
Lyrics by Hal David (uncredited)
Sung by Dionne Warwick
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Enjoy irresponsibly
20 May 2005 | by bobf-9See all my reviews

"A sports car…is a sign of man's virility. You should get two, maybe." - Peter Sellers, to Woody Allen

'What's New, Pussycat?' is not a great movie. There isn't much in the way of a plot, it's constructed haphazardly, and parts of it don't make a lot of sense.

That's part of its charm. 'The Pink Panther', from the same era, also has a large, recognizable, hugely talented cast, and it's a much more coherent, technically proficient film. It is also less funny.

Just in case you've never seen anything about the movie before: Peter O'Toole plays Michael, a magazine writer and philanderer in mid-1960's Paris. His dilemma (dramatic conflict, if you will) is Carol (Romy Schneider) a woman he loves so much he wants to be faithful to her, if indeed he can give up all other women and marry her. Other women include Paula Prentiss, Capucine, and Ursula Andress; Woody Allen is the friend with the not so secret crush on Carol. Michael's psychoanalyst is played by Peter Sellers, which should tell you about as much as you need to know.

WNP? has a mood, created in large part by the Bacharach score, that I don't want to call innocent because it tries so hard to be naughty, but there it is. The drug culture hadn't yet picked up the cultural grip released by post-50's paranoia, and a sloppy, silly picture like this seemed to be a good idea.

And that's enough of that; a movie that contains the line 'it's my wife – the creature that ate Europe' shouldn't be over-analyzed. Enjoy it for what it is.


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