Cactus Flower
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Cactus Flower

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Director: Gene Saks

Cast: Gene Saks, Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn

     
 

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Gene Saks directed Goldie Hawn to an Oscar in the comedy Cactus Flower, which comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and

Overview

Gene Saks directed Goldie Hawn to an Oscar in the comedy Cactus Flower, which comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to theatrical trailers. While the lack of extras is disappointing, Columbia/TriStar should be lauded for making this film available in widescreen.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Coming toward the end of the career for Ingrid Bergman and the beginning for Goldie Hawn, Cactus Flower turned out to be a surprisingly fine showcase for their respective talents, as well as co-star Walter Matthau. It's hard to think of a picture that is more inconsequential; the very essence of a romp, it practically threatens to float off the screen, despite a few half-hearted stabs at "substantive" issues (e.g., fear of commitment, double standards for the sexes, etc.) Still, its very featheriness gave Bergman one of her rare opportunities to show what she can do with a lightweight role. She finds depth and variety in her character that probably would surprise its many authors, and is especially fine in her "going out for drinks" scene with Matthau and her monologue to Hawn (in a record booth, yet). For her part, Hawn is playing a role we've seen her do many times since, but she's enchanting - perky, kooky, wildly innocent and enthusiastic, not to mention touching and endearing. Matthau has his hands full keeping up with the women, but he does a fine job and scores his own punches in scenes with each of them. Gene Saks direction is smooth and unobtrusive. Like many films from this period, Flower is terribly dated -- at times, embarrassingly so -- but still fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
UPC:
0043396077577
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Remastered in high definition; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Audio: English; Subtitles: English, French; Interactive menus; Scene selections; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Matthau Julian Winston
Ingrid Bergman Stephanie Dickinson
Goldie Hawn Toni Simmons
Jack Weston Harvey Greenfield
Rick Lenz Igor Sullivan
Vito Scotti Senor Sanchez
Irene Hervey Mrs. Durant
Eve Bruce Georgia
Irwin Charone Store Manager
Mathew Saks Nephew

Technical Credits
Gene Saks Director
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Robert Clatworthy Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
I.A.L. Diamond Screenwriter
Whitey Ford Sound/Sound Designer
Mike J. Frankovich Producer
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Miriam Nelson Choreography
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Anthony Ray Asst. Director
Maury Winetrobe Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Start [4:17]
2. Saved [7:55]
3. Miss Dickinson [1:33]
4. Harvey Greenfield [5:53]
5. Reading Toni's Letter [1:16]
6. Dentist Housecall [5:13]
7. Toni in the Daytime [1:32]
8. Señor Sanchez [3:57]
9. Drinks With Stephanie [3:06]
10. Julian Pops the Question [2:17]
11. Stereo Heaven [7:12]
12. Straightening Out Igor [1:14]
13. "I Had a Visitor at the Shop." [4:35]
14. Requesting a Second Favor [2:47]
15. The Slipped Disc [3:03]
16. Driving Stephanie Home [6:04]
17. Back at Stereo Heaven [1:16]
18. Toni's Good Deed [4:33]
19. Package for Mrs. Winston [:53]
20. Inviting Igor Out [4:28]
21. Back at the Slipped Disc [:43]
22. On the Dance Floor [4:15]
23. Night of Debauchery [5:27]
24. "I'd Swear You're Jealous." [4:31]
25. Toni & Igor [1:32]
26. Straight to the Point [1:20]
27. Julian Tells the "Truth" [3:51]
28. Dr. & Mrs. Winston [3:18]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
1. Start [4:17]
2. Saved [7:55]
3. Miss Dickinson [1:33]
4. Harvey Greenfield [5:53]
5. Reading Toni's Letter [1:16]
6. Dentist Housecall [5:13]
7. Toni in the Daytime [1:32]
8. Señor Sanchez [3:57]
9. Drinks With Stephanie [3:06]
10. Julian Pops the Question [2:17]
11. Stereo Heaven [7:12]
12. Straightening Out Igor [1:14]
13. "I Had a Visitor at the Shop." [4:35]
14. Requesting a Second Favor [2:47]
15. The Slipped Disc [3:03]
16. Driving Stephanie Home [6:04]
17. Back at Stereo Heaven [1:16]
18. Toni's Good Deed [4:33]
19. Package for Mrs. Winston [:53]
20. Inviting Igor Out [4:28]
21. Back at the Slipped Disc [:43]
22. On the Dance Floor [4:15]
23. Night of Debauchery [5:27]
24. "I'd Swear You're Jealous." [4:31]
25. Toni & Igor [1:32]
26. Straight to the Point [1:20]
27. Julian Tells the "Truth" [3:51]
28. Dr. & Mrs. Winston [3:18]

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