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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Dr. Julian Winston
... Stephanie Dickinson
... Toni Simmons
... Harvey Greenfield
... Igor Sullivan
... Señor Arturo Sanchez
... Mrs. Durant
... Georgia
Irwin Charone ... Mr. Shirley - Record Store Manager
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. In truth, her lover, dentist Julian Winston, doesn't have any children. In fact, Julian 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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16 December 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flor de cactus  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,889,208
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Burt Brinckerhoff was nominated for the 1966 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "Cactus Flower" in the role of Igor. See more »

Goofs

The letter Toni mails in the middle of the night to Julian would not have been delivered to his office later that same morning with the regular mail by the U.S. Postal Service - later the next day at the earliest is much more likely. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Eegah (1993) See more »

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She Hangs Out
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Music by Jeff Barry
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A beautiful movie.
11 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

Walter Matthau is wonderful as the "philandering" dentist Dr. Julian Winston whose frequent fibs to girlfriend Goldie provide textbook proof of the dangers of lying. Goldie Hawn's touching kook Toni Simmons certainly deserved to win her Oscar. Ingrid Bergman's work as the stiff-as-starch nurse Stephanie is also touching to watch as she comes out of her shell, slowly and nervously. This is a great movie to watch in the springtime, or any time for that matter. It's very underrated; I never heard about it until I found it in the video store, and what a find!


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