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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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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

Capucine plays the lover of Peter Sellers. They were previously husband and wife in The Pink Panther (1963). See more »

Goofs

When Michael arrives at Carol's apartment he's carrying a pot of flowers. The flowers he takes out of the car are a very light pink. After he enters the apartment, the flowers he's holding are completely different - a much darker, brighter pink and their shape and arrangement are also different. See more »

Quotes

[Michael and Carol argue after having made up]
Dr. Fritz Fassbender: Perhaps I haven't lost a son, maybe I've gained another patient.
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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

Dance Mamma, Dance Pappa, Dance
(1965) (uncredited)
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
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Most hilarious sex comedy of the 60's.
20 November 2000 | by xander-42See all my reviews

First movie written by Woody Allen, What's New Pussycat is probably the most hilarious sex comedy of the 60's. The cast is incredible, the script excellent as well as the music written by Burt Bacharach, who has worked several times for the Karl Feldman (e.g. Casino Royale).

The movie is focused on the emotional problems of Michael James (Peter O'Toole) who's not ready to get engaged with Carol (Romy Schneider) for fear to have to renounce to the adventure with other girls. To resolve his problem, he will consult Dr Fassbender (Peter Sellers) a psychiatrist that is actually a sex maniac, incredibly envious a the success of Michael. Peter Sellers is wonderfully hilarious in this role and prove again that he is an excellent actor often under exploited. The movie has also loads of secondary characters that will made you cry with laughter : Victor plays by Woody Allen, hilarious as usual, Renee (Capucine) the nymphomaniac, Anna the wagnerian singer (Eddra Gale) or the sex symbol Ursula Andress.

The only thing you could reproach this movie is the poor direction by Clive Donner but this not a great deal in comparison to the hilarious Woody Allen's screenplay and cast of wonderful actors.


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