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What's Up, Doc? (1972)

The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.

Director:

Peter Bogdanovich

Writers:

Buck Henry (screenplay), David Newman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Judy Maxwell
Ryan O'Neal ... Howard Bannister
Madeline Kahn ... Eunice Burns
Kenneth Mars ... Hugh Simon
Austin Pendleton ... Frederick Larrabee
Michael Murphy ... Mr. Smith
Philip Roth Philip Roth ... Mr. Jones (as Phil Roth)
Sorrell Booke ... Harry
Stefan Gierasch ... Fritz
Mabel Albertson ... Mrs. Van Hoskins
Liam Dunn ... Judge Maxwell
John Hillerman ... Hotel Manager
George Morfogen George Morfogen ... Headwaiter
Graham Jarvis ... Bailiff
Randy Quaid ... Professor Hosquith
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Storyline

Two researchers have come to San Francisco to compete for a research grant in Music. One seems a bit distracted, and that was before he meets her. A strange woman seems to have devoted her life to confusing and embarassing him. At the same time a woman has her jewels stolen and a government whistle blower arrives with his stolen top secret papers. All, of course have the same style and color overnight bag. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

A screwball comedy. Remember them?

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Glimpse of Tiger See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$66,000,000, 31 December 1972
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was morphed from the screen adaptation of Herman Raucher's novel, "A Glimpse of Tiger." It was to star Elliott Gould and Kim Darby and be directed by Anthony Harvey But Gould behaved erratically during production and, after four days, walked off the set. The project eventually came into the hands of Peter Bogdanovich, who in conceiving a remake of Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby (1938) switched genders of the lead couple, making the wild, unpredictable Gould character a female, who would be played by, coincidentally, his ex-wife Barbra Streisand. See more »

Goofs

Shadow of camera and crew clearly visible during the car chase. See more »

Quotes

Howard: What are you doing? This is a one way street!
Judy: We're only going one way.
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Referenced in Outbreak (1995) See more »

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Santa Lucia
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Written by Teodoro Cottrau
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The most fun I've ever had in front of the TV set!
3 November 1999 | by MAX80See all my reviews

I think this film is the funniest movie I have ever seen. No matter how many times I see it, I always find surprisingly fresh and completely hilarious. Barbra Streisand's performance is the centerpiece of the whole film. She simply glows with warmth, sexiness, and humor. There isn't a moment when we don't find her completely believable. Ryan O'Neal adds a great physical presence and is gloriously restrained. The film also contains some great supporting turns from Ken Mars, Liam Dunn, and especially Madeline Kahn, who nearly steals the movie in her film debut.

On a scale of 10, WHAT'S UP, DOC? receives a perfect 10!


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