Cactus Flower

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Overview

Goldie Hawn won an Oscar for her performance as a Greenwich Village free spirit in Cactus Flower. Middle-aged dentist Winston Walter Matthau is enjoying an affair with Toni Goldie Hawn but doesn't want to be hemmed in by marriage. He prevails upon his non-glamorous assistant Stephanie Ingrid Bergman to pose as his wife so as to keep from campaigning for a ring. Then, to justify his "infidelity," Winston talks his pal Jack Weston into pretending to be Stephanie's illicit lover. Flattered by all the attention, ...
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Overview

Goldie Hawn won an Oscar for her performance as a Greenwich Village free spirit in Cactus Flower. Middle-aged dentist Winston Walter Matthau is enjoying an affair with Toni Goldie Hawn but doesn't want to be hemmed in by marriage. He prevails upon his non-glamorous assistant Stephanie Ingrid Bergman to pose as his wife so as to keep from campaigning for a ring. Then, to justify his "infidelity," Winston talks his pal Jack Weston into pretending to be Stephanie's illicit lover. Flattered by all the attention, Stephanie begins to "doll up." Confronted by a newly gorgeous Stephanie, Winston realizes that his Dream Girl has been right there in his office all along. As for Toni, she ends up in the arms of a writer Rick Lenz, who has loved her since Reel One. Cactus Flower was adapted by Billy Wilder's frequent collaborator I.A.L. Diamond from the play by Abe Burrows -- which in turn was adapted from a French farce.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/1998
  • UPC: 043396601512
  • Original Release: 1969
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

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
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
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