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Cactus Flower (1969)

A dentist pretends to be married to avoid commitment, but when he falls for his girlfriend and proposes, he must recruit his lovelorn nurse to pose as his wife.

Director:

Gene Saks

Writers:

Abe Burrows (stage play), Pierre Barillet (play) (as Barillet) | 2 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Walter Matthau ... Dr. Julian Winston
Ingrid Bergman ... Stephanie Dickinson
Goldie Hawn ... Toni Simmons
Jack Weston ... Harvey Greenfield
Rick Lenz ... Igor Sullivan
Vito Scotti ... Señor Arturo Sanchez
Irene Hervey ... Mrs. Durant
Eve Bruce ... Georgia
Irwin Charone Irwin Charone ... Mr. Shirley - Record Store Manager
Matthew Saks Matthew Saks ... Miss Dickinson's Nephew
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Toni Simmons believes that the only reason her married lover won't leave his wife is because of the children. Actually, her lover, dentist Julian Winston, doesn't have any children. In fact, he doesn't even have a wife--he just tells women he does to avoid getting involved. When Julian does decide to take the plunge with Toni, she insists on meeting the first wife and Julian enlists the aid of his long-time nurse/receptionist Stephanie Dickinson to play the part. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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The prickly stage success that convulsed audiences around the world... with all its barbed wit and the sharpest comedy cast of the year! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

The play had been a comeback vehicle for Lauren Bacall following several years of inactivity once screen roles dried up. "Cactus Flower" was an enormous hit on Broadway, and Bacall garnered strong personal notices for her performance as Stephanie, playing the role for nearly two years. She was understandably disappointed when producer M.J. Frankovich cast Ingrid Bergman in the film version. See more »

Goofs

When Walter Matthau answers the phone in his office, no button lights up, so we know the phone isn't connected. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Igor Sullivan: Hey, in there, something wrong? Hey, I smell gas!
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Connections

Featured in Ingrid (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

She Hangs Out
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Music by Jeff Barry
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Breezy, witty fun-filled comedy from the Broadway hit...
29 August 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

When I saw LAUREN BACALL do CACTUS FLOWER on Broadway, I never dreamed that one day I would see an actress like INGRID BERGMAN playing the Bacall role on screen. But here Ingrid really lets her hair down for some good comedy moments as the dental nurse pretending to be WALTER MATTHAU's wife so he can go on with the fib he's told GOLDIE HAWN.

It's a story played for laughs from beginning to end, good-humored stuff that never runs out of dry humor and wit throughout its running time. There are plenty of one-liners or gags that are way above the usual situation comedy stuff one hears on TV--the lines ring true because they blend so well with the characters and their motives.

As the daffy girl who contemplates (in the beginning) committing suicide over her unhappy affair with Matthau, GOLDIE HAWN (fresh from her days as a star on TV's "Laugh In") does a dumb blonde role to perfection. Easy to see why she won that Supporting Actress Oscar.

Ingrid is surprisingly fetching in a rare comedy role, although there are times when she seems just a bit too matronly for the part. At any rate, she's a surprising choice to play the nurse who puts on a freeze act at the office but is considerably warmer off duty.

As Goldie's next door neighbor, Igor, Rick Lenz acquits himself admirably, and makes a suitable match for her in that final scene.

Matthau plays the kind of character that became his stock in trade in all those Neil Simon roles he had--a lovable cad who gets caught up in his own messes when he tells lie after lie.

It's the kind of rib-tickling comedy that'll have you laughing out loud at some of the amusing lines that Abe Burrows and I.A.L. Diamond have managed to scrap together, based on a French farce.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1969 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

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