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What's Up, Doc? (1972)

G | | Comedy | 10 March 1972 (USA)
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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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The final chase scene, a spoof of the one from the then recent movie Bullitt (1968) which was also filmed in San Francisco, cost $1 million to shoot (a quarter of the total budget), 19 days to shoot requiring 32 stuntmen resulting in 11 minutes of screen time. The segment with the giant pane of glass alone took four or five days to film. The plate glass bit was filmed at the junction of Balboa and 23rd Avenue in San Francisco's Richmond District. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Howard: I am not repeating myself, I am not repeating myself... Oh God, I'm repeating myself!
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Connections

Edited into The Clock (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

You're the Top
by Cole Porter
Performed by Barbra Streisand (uncredited) and Ryan O'Neal (uncredited)
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That's a person named Eunice?
21 January 2001 | by annmason1See all my reviews

What's Up Doc is one of six movies I use to offset ANY bad mood. I have seen it countless times and still can't keep the suitcases straight.

This film is full of visual humor and one liners; Madeline Kahn screaming and taking on all comers while dragging the doorkeeper across the ballroom floor; the hotel crook using his "charm" to drop Mrs. Van Hoskins in her tracks; Eunice hiding in the bathroom because snakes "live in deathly fear of tile"; the promise of Howard conducting an avalanche in A Flat.

My only regret about this movie is that it began endless failed efforts by television and movie makers to replicate the chase through San Francisco. No one has. That sequence is the best example of humor, timing, backdrop, and action, of the chase genre. It has never been equalled by either serious or comedic directors.

Little mentioned in these reviews are Kenneth Mars and Austin Pendelton, two fantastic character actors who are the emeralds surrounding the diamonds of Streisand and O'Neal in the glorious setting of this jewel.

Thank goodness no one in What's Up Doc knows the meaning of the word "propriety!".


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