What's Up, Doc?Director: Peter Bogdanovich, Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Kenneth Mars
With Howard Hawks's Bringing Up Baby (1938) as his blueprint, Peter Bogdanovich resurrected and payed homage to 1930s screwball comedy in What's Up, Doc? (1972). When wacky co-ed Judy Maxwell (Barbra Streisand, in the Katharine Hepburn part) spies nebbishy musicologist Howard Bannister (Ryan O'Neal in bespectacled Cary Grant mode) in a San Francisco hotel lobby, she decides that Howard and his precious igneous rocks are right up her alley. Too bad Howard already has a fiancée, the propriety-fixated Eunice (Madeline Kahn in her film debut). Using all her arcane knowledge from brief stays at numerous colleges, Judy tries to charm her way to a $20,000 grant for Howard, and Howard himself, at a banquet with grantor Frederick Larrabee (Austin Pendleton). Things get even more complicated the next day when Judy's underwear-filled overnight bag gets mixed up with Howard's rock bag, which gets mixed up with Mrs. Van Hoskins' bag of jewels, which gets mixed up with Mr. Smith's bag of top secret government papers. All sides converge at Larrabee's mod townhouse and the chase begins. Retaining Hawks' machine-gun pace (as well as the sly pop culture referentiality of Billy Wilder), Bogdanovich and writers Buck Henry, David Newman, and Robert Benton updated the opposites-attract screwball convention for contemporary times. O'Neal gently parodied not only Grant but also his own Love Story (1970) preppy, while Kahn represents stiff-wigged 1950s manners as opposed to Streisand's long-haired, pants-wearing free spirit. The happy ending, in which Cole Porter-belting youth wins out over old manners, found favor with audiences, as What's Up, Doc? became one of the most popular films of 1972, and the second hit in a row for Bogdanovich after 1971's The Last Picture Show.
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- Warner Home Video
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- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Peter Bogdanovich||Director,Original Story,Producer|
|John P. Austin||Set Decoration/Design|
|Herman A. Blumenthal||Art Director|
|Artie Butler||Musical Arrangement|
|Don L. Cash||Makeup|
|Les Fresholtz||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Ray Gosnell||Asst. Director|
|Paul Lewis||Associate Producer|
|Robert MacDonald||Special Effects|
|Nancy McArdle||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Ray Phelps||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Polly Platt||Production Designer|
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This has got to be one of the funniest movies I've ever seen! Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal have great onscreen chemistry, and the chase scene is just too classic. Keep this one in mind when you just want a movie with an intriguing storyline and general craziness!
If you enjoy older movies...you've got to give this one a shot! Very, Very Funny!Of course being a Barbra Sriesand fan helps...
This movie is hard to find. I laughed through it. I saw this movie more than 25 years ago and I remember parts of this movie years later and had to find it!!! I loved it!!!
I just got to say that I was laughing out loud through the whole movie, Kind readers I'm not the most comic kind of person, but I can tell a good movie when I see it. Honestly I had to control myself because I was making my eyes water with laughter....That five minutes when they were having the big dinner is a classic....This movie is worth your time and money to buy, open it up, put it in the machine and have a few hours of fun, you will feal better afterword, all that laughing is good for the soul.....
Anything that can go wrong does it this hysterical film. You'll laugh so hard you'll miss some of the fun the first time through and find something new each time you see it!