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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Actor-writer Woody Allen once said that Peter Sellers gave himself all the best lines in the picture and so after this film Allen wanted more artistic control and became a director. Frank Miller at the Turner Classic Movies website states that Sellers "started improvising his own lines and suggesting added scenes. Even more damaging, he and Allen developed a rivalry that wasn't helped by their resemblance to each other. Sellers resented people's mistaking him for the neophyte actor-writer. And it got worse when an executive producer on the film, thinking he was Allen, reassured him that he wouldn't let Sellers damage his picture. Sellers began improvising more and even got the producer to give him lines and scenes Allen had written for himself. Suddenly Sellers was the film's star, and Allen was reduced to a supporting role". See more »

Goofs

Near the end during the go-cart scene, Dr. Fassbender enters a farmyard in his go-cart and ends up on a horse; however immediately afterwards he is seen driving the go-cart again. See more »

Quotes

Anna Fassbender: Is she prettier than me?
Dr. Fritz Fassbender: Is she prettier than you? I'M prettier than YOU!
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits feature a host of Cupid cherubs in cat masks performing various gags. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Bob Hope Vietnam Christmas Show (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

My Little Red Book
(1965)
(Onscreen as "Little Red Book")
Music by Burt Bacharach (uncredited)
Lyrics by Hal David (uncredited)
Played by Manfred Mann
Sung by Paul Jones
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Michael James: "Pussycat from the sky, I can't resist you"
29 April 2007 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

"What's New Pussycat? (1965) was directed by a British director, Clive Donner and it is the first feature film for which Woody Allen wrote the original screenplay. Allen also played a supporting role of Victor Skakapopulis, the friend of Michael James (Peter O'Toole). Michael is a fashion editor, surrounded by beauty and glamor of his models which he can't refuse. He truly loves his fiancée Carole (Romy Schneider) and wants to be faithful to her but what can a man do if the gorgeous women literally fell for him from the sky? He sees a psychoanalyst Dr. Fassbender (Peter Sellers) who is not much of help and faces his own demons. Meanwhile, Victor is desperately in love with his best friend's fiancée...

The movie reminds a lot "Casino Royale" - it was made in the 60s, has a great cast (Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, Romy Schneider, Capucine, Paula Prentiss, Woody Allen, Ursula Andress), strikingly beautiful women and the song by Burt Bacharach. It takes place in Paris - and it is almost as much mess as "Casino... " is - silly, naive, and often simply ridiculous but somehow it works after all these years. One of the reasons I believe is Allen's script, the dialogs and one-liners that are hilarious. This time, Allen received more screen time that in Casino.... and he made his scenes very funny. "What's New Pussycat?" is not a great movie but it is charming and I like it.

6.5/10


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