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Cactus Flower (1969)

Walter Matthau , Ingrid Bergman , Gene Saks  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn, Jack Weston, Rick Lenz
  • Directors: Gene Saks
  • Writers: Abe Burrows, I.A.L. Diamond, Jean-Pierre Grédy, Pierre Barillet
  • Producers: M.J. Frankovich
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000633R9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cactus Flower" on IMDb

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Walter Matthau stars as Julian Winston, an easy-going bachelor dentist whose delicately balanced scheme crumbles under some unexpected circumstances. Winston is stringing along his dizzy blonde mistress, Toni (Goldie Hawn), by telling her he has a wife and children. When he learns that Toni has tried to commit suicide over him, however, he promises to marry her. Toni, refusing to be a homewrecker, insists on meeting Winston's wife. He convinces Stephanie (Bergman)--his starched, no-nonsense receptionist--to pose as his wife, and there are unforeseen twists and surprises for everyone.

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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Being an avid movie and music fan, I'm always happy to find hidden gems in either artform that can take me by surprise. I will also say that on most occasions I usually tend to agree with the critics in their attitudes and assertions. However, this was not such a case. When I recently stumbled upon this movie, I had never heard of it; the cast immediately intrigued me, especially Ingrid Bergman (in a 60's comedy?!) I did a little research and was dissappointed to see that most of the reviews of this film were either lukewarm or negative, with most of the complaints being made about the "miscasting of Ingrid Bergman". Interesting enough, Goldie Hawn managed to win an Academy Award for her role...(was 1969 that bad a year for actresses?).
Anyway, I wasn't expecting much when I finally watched it, especially after reading Leonard Maltin's review. However, I quickly found myself thouroughly enjoying the scenarios unfolding. Lighthearted, yes...but very fun. It is very much in line with the Neil Simon plays/film of the era, having also been derived from a Broadway play. I have to say that good old Leonard is wrong on this one, as are many other critcs. The most astonishing error is the claim that Ingrid Bergman was miscast and has no comedic timing. She was a riot to watch in a role like this; I'll say the best moments in the film are hers. To my eyes, Bergman appears to be having a blast with this role and it is quite apparent. At this point in her career, her mid 50's, it is wholly enjoyable to see the still beautiful Bergman having some lighthearted, carefree fun.
I am surprised that the Academy chose to honor Goldie Hawn for her performance. I found her to be a tad too cooky, even for a '60's go-go girl.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leanord Maltin is Wrong January 2, 2002
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This comedy is not thin. It has absolutely no sag, a good and actually believable storyline, likable and believable characters, great acting, and it's very funny. This is what they mean when they say they don't make comedies like this anymore. Written at a time when Hollywood did not presume that the audience only needed a display of bodily fluids and lame story lines to be satisfied.
The film demonstrates another point: the great comedic actors don't try to be funny. They just act. I don't know if Walter Mathau ever won an Oscar, but if he didn't he would be, like Cary Grant, one of the greatest actors never to have done so. He was not only a great comedy actor ("Cactus Flower", "Odd Couple" and "A New Leaf"), but could quite convincingly play a thug ("Strangers When We Meet") and a tough, no-nonsense cop ("The Laughing Policeman").
In this film, he's brilliant as always. With all respect to the new 20 million dollar a film generation, could Adam Sandler play the role of Julian Winston without simply playing, oh, Adam Sandler?
Ingrid Bergman is incredible. And by that, I mean incredibly sexy. You have no difficulty whatsoever seeing why Walter Mathau eventually picks her over a 21 year old Goldie Hawn. And you fully understand why the much younger man nuzzles her neck while dancing with her. While watching the film, I kept reminding myself that it had been made 25 years after "Casablanca" and yet there she was, still looking smashing.
So yeah, it's "dated". Were that more contemporary Hollywood comedies, maybe even one, were so dated.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Classic Walter Matthau film. I enjoyed it very much because of the easy & believeable relationship between Matthau & Hawn, the suppressed attraction between Bergman & Matthau & the sweet storyline. This film was made during a time where special effects didn't fill in for weak plots; instead the story actually makes its point. Well done.

As bachelor dentist Dr. Julian Winston, Matthau tries to convince his mistress, Toni, (Goldie Hawn) that he has a wife who won't divorce him because they have children. Toni's had enough: she fires off a letter (yes, actually walks across the street in her nightgown to deposit the letter in a mailbox)to Julian, telling him she's committed suicide. Her young writer-neighbor, Igor (Rick Lenz), smells gas in the apartment hallway, breaks in & saves Toni.

When Julian receives the letter at his office, he storms off to Toni's apartment, only to find her alive & in the company of Igor. This little stunt persuades Julian to ask Toni to marry him -- he'll get a divorce no matter what. The catch is now Toni wants to meet Julian's wife, she has to get to know her so that Julian's wife won't think of Toni as a home-wrecker. Enter Ingrid Bergman as Miss Stephanie Dickinson, Dr. Winston's long-suffering, never-married dental assistant. Julian convinces Stephanie to pose as his wife for Toni.

What ensues is a calamity of coincidences & misunderstandings that cause true feelings to be revealed. Ingrid Bergman is such a joy to watch, she effortlessly steals the show.

If you want light-hearted entertainment that will leave you with a smile on your face, this film is for you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good comedy December 14, 2003
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As other reviewers have said, Leonard Maltin is absolutely wrong about this film. The comedy is very tight and well timed. The dialogue is the wittiest of any movie I've seen from the era. It does tend a little toward one-liners, but it doesn't matter because it's fall-out-of-your-seat funny. Ingrid Bergman is divine in a role you would never have expected for her. The signs of the times are ubiquitous -- references to "the Pill," "hippies," "squares," etc., but the comedy is far from dated. The best aspect of the film is its unconventional plot. Romantic comedies are highly predictable as a class -- this one keeps you guessing. Puts even Neil Simon to shame. Highest recommendation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film!
I have loved this movie for years and years. It's so funny and well written with complex charaters and great actors. Highly recommend.
Published 29 days ago by Ann C.
5.0 out of 5 stars So wonderful!
I love Goldie Hawn, and I grew up loving this movie! I had to order this DVD for my mom while I got it for myself on Amazon Prime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cactus Flower
A wonderful movie with Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn(first movie). Walter pretends to be married and strings Goldie along. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim Hissong
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
It is a very good movie, the actors are very good and is a light movie and make me laught
Published 3 months ago by chacha
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work!
At first I chose a 5 star because my DVD arrived in excellent condition, but when I wanted to play it it wouldn't play due to it being in the wrong region! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lianna Gonzalez
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
This product was intended for DVD players in Europe only. Since I live in the United States I clearly could not use it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Julie Downes
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful comedy of the era
This was the first Goldie Hawn movie I watched and fell in love with her as the naive young wannabe hippie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Les Down Under
5.0 out of 5 stars An old classic... well kind of old...
Goldie Hawn won an Oscar for her role in Cactus Flower on her first time in a movie! I bought this because I'm directing the play next summer, and wanted to get a feel for the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Donald Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Cactus Flower , the movie
It is a great movie, always has been, very entertaining. One of Goldie Hawn's first, it is a nice movie, no vulgarity or swearing or anything, like movies always used to be.
Published 7 months ago by CAB
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
One of the all time classic comedies with a great cast, tight direction and a wonderful script. Not only are Matheau, Bergman and Hawn good, but they are supported by such solid... Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. G. Browning
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