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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

When Judy Maxwell is seen outside on the ledge of the hotel, it was filmed on a sound stage in Burbank, however, the long shot of Judy hanging on the ledge is actually a stunt woman who was hired to dangle from a building in Westwood, California. See more »

Goofs

Contrary to popular belief, VW beetles do not float on water. They may float for a few minutes due to their structure, but they soon sink as any other car would. The VW driven into the bay sank to the bottom, and a second had to be used for the scene where the car is floating. See more »

Quotes

Delivery Boy: I want my bike back!
Judge Maxwell: I'll give you your bike back - I'll give you a broken back if you don't be quiet.
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Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: What's Up, Doc? (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

You're the Top
by Cole Porter
Performed by Barbra Streisand (uncredited) and Ryan O'Neal (uncredited)
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This film IS funny!
1 May 2004 | by carey62See all my reviews

A friend of mine recently recommended this film to me. I am not a big Barbra Streisand fan so it took me about 20 minutes to get into this film. Once I was in, I was hooked! So rarely do I laugh out loud at comedies from this time period. I especially liked the hotel detective using his "charm" to delay Mrs. Van Hoskins. Kenneth Mars and Liam Dunn were hilarious, too. If physical comedy is not your bag, you may not like What's Up, Doc? But this is definitely one of my favorite comedies...even better than the old comedies to which it is supposed to be an homage. I'm glad someone listed many of the funny quotes from the film in Message Boards. I want to buy this DVD!


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