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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 »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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'Cactus Flower' Has Flower Power See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flor de cactus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,889,208
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the night club scene with Walter Mattheau, Goldie Hawn, Jack Weston and Ingrid Bergman the background music playing is an instrumental of The Monkees "I'm A Believer". See more »

Goofs

When Julian is driving Stephanie home, the shot from the driver's side of the car reveals the shadow of the car against the traffic on the movie screen behind them. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
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This Movie Is Great Fun!
16 October 2007 | by synergydesign2003See all my reviews

I've been playing this movie incessantly this month, and I just love it. I was around in the 60s (oh dear), so it is nostalgic in one sense. However, it's the funny premise, the snappy dialogue and the great performances that keep me watching.

Dr. Winston's reactions to Stephanie at the end of the movie are priceless. (I'd be more specific, but don't want to spoil it for anyone.) Who other than Matthau can play a man not entirely on the up-and-up and yet have us still love him? As for Bergman's costumes, I think she looks as dowdy as she's supposed to. I think "she was robbed" the one time that she appears in an evening gown. It doesn't suit her at all, which is too bad. I never liked it when I first saw it on her and I still don't.

Goldie won an Oscar for her role. People thought it was a groundbreaking performance at the time, and yet it's the one performance that I don't love as much as the others. She does have the right amount of sweetness and likability, however, which is important for this role.

And I agree - I thought Rick Lenz was great in it and it's too bad that his movie career didn't take off after this.

I hope more people watch this movie ... they'll love it!


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