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The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)

R | | Comedy | 3 November 1970 (USA)
A stuffy author enters into an explosive relationship with his neighbor, a foul-mouthed, freewheeling prostitute.


Herbert Ross


Bill Manhoff (play), Buck Henry (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Barbra Streisand ... Doris
George Segal ... Felix
Robert Klein ... Barney
Allen Garfield ... Dress Shop Proprietor
Roz Kelly ... Eleanor
Jacques Sandulescu Jacques Sandulescu ... Rapzinsky
Jack Manning Jack Manning ... Mr. Weyderhaus
Grace Carney Grace Carney ... Mrs. Weyderhaus
Barbara Anson Barbara Anson ... Miss Weyderhaus
Kim Chan ... Theatre Cashier
Stan Gottlieb Stan Gottlieb ... Coatcheck Man
Joe Madden Joe Madden ... Old Man Neighbor
Fay Sappington Fay Sappington ... Old Woman Neighbor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marilyn Chambers ... Barney's Girl (as Evelyn Lang)


Can a bickering odd couple in Manhattan become friends and maybe more? Owlish Felix is an unpublished writer who vents his frustration by reporting to the super that the woman in a neighboring flat takes the occasional payment for sex. She's Doris, more wildcat than pussycat, and when Felix's peeping-tom-tattle-tale routine gets her bounced from her apartment, she knocks at his door at 3 AM, aggressive and ticked off. They yell, lose another apartment, and pick up where they left off in a friend's flat and beyond. Dancing by the light of the moon seems unlikely for this owl and pussycat. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When she starts mixing business and pleasure she goes out of business See more »




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Did You Know?


Ken Adam: Uncredited, the film's design supervisor and famed James Bond franchise production designer as a middle-aged man. See more »


When Doris is playing the piano at the Weyderhaus', her hands do not match the music. See more »


Doris: What about last night?
Felix: What ABOUT last night?
Doris: When we made love. Wasn't that good for you?
Felix: You've got your terminology confused, Doris. That was not making love.
Doris: Well, whatever it was it beat the hell out of drying the dishes!
Felix: What we did was to get a fast thrill.
Doris: No. One time is a fast thrill. Six times is making love.
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Alternate Versions

The original version of the film is said to have included some nude scenes with Barbara Streisand and the line "Do us a favor and just fuck off". Apparently she changed her mind about the nude scenes and they were cut and destroyed prior to release. The line with the F-word stayed intact, but it was removed from the GP/PG version. See more »


Referenced in The Falls (1980) See more »


The Reunion
Performed by Blood Sweat & Tears
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Sparring Stars
20 April 2018 | by MelbaMan1See all my reviews

Character comedy. I wanted more plot but for almost the whole movie we have only the sparring of the two stars. Unfortunately we learn very little about their lives that makes them more interesting as opposites. For fans of the two stars only but it's not their best work.

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3 November 1970 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »


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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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