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What's Up Doc [VHS] (1972)

Barbra Streisand , Ryan O'Neal , Peter Bogdanovich  |  G |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Austin Pendleton
  • Directors: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Writers: Peter Bogdanovich, Buck Henry, David Newman, Robert Benton
  • Producers: Peter Bogdanovich, Paul Lewis
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: December 6, 1993
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (459 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300268179
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,785 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show) tipped his hat to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s, and especially the most glorious of them all, Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby. Barbra Streisand plays a charming flake who distracts a self-absorbed musicologist (Ryan O'Neal). He's engaged to be married, but soon Streisand's character has him chasing after stolen jewelry and getting into one madcap fix after another. Bogdanovich, who is also a film critic, understands the engine of the screwball genre, and his loving revival of the form brings a smile, though it is not quite consistently inspired or funny. There are plenty of great moments, however, including a slap at O'Neal's own star-making vehicle, Love Story. --Tom Keogh

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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It's a smart-zany-girl-meets-absent-minded-professor-and-hijinks-ensue movie modeled on the screwball comedies of the 30's. This is a funny movie for the whole family. And it's now on a great DVD with commentary by director Peter Bogdanovich (the whole movie) and Barbra Streisand (on selected pieces of the movie.) It also includes some behind the scenes footage including Peter demonstrating for Barbra how to seduce co-star Ryan O'Neal in the "Time Goes By" scene.
What? You want to know what the movie is about? Well it's about these four identical suitcases, and... oh, let's just let the main character put it in his own words:
"My name is Howard Bannister and I'm from Ames, Iowa. It all started when I bumped my head in the taxicab on my way in from the airport. I went to the drugstore for some aspirin and he tried to charge me for a radio because she said her husband would pay for it. But I didn't of course. Anyway, she ripped my jacket and then Eunice, my fiancé, came along. But she kept calling me Steve. Not my fiancé, my wife, or rather the one who isn't my wife.
"Well, anyway that night at the banquet she was there again and everyone was calling her Burnsy. That's short for Burns, Eunice's last name. But Eunice wasn't there. Burnsy was there. Or rather the one who isn't Burnsy. That night I went back to my room and she was there taking a bath. Well, Eunice walked in and the drapes caught fire and the room burned and they asked me to leave the hotel. I really don't blame them. Then today, Mr. Larabee asked me to come to his house and to bring my rocks and bring Eunice. Or, rather Burnsy, the one he thinks is Eunice. Is that clear?"
"No, but it's consistent.
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Streisand & Cast Are Screwball-Hilarious January 9, 2000
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WHAT'S UP DOC? is a "Streisand" movie, but the supporting players are just as much responsible for its success. I echo the previous reviewer and dare you to take your eyes off of Madelaine Kahn as Eunice. ("Eunice? That's a person called Eunice?") She is absolutely hilarious as she counts to ten, badgers fiance Howard Banister ("as in 'up the...'"), and reads "A Woman's Guide To Sex" in bed -- a hilarious character moment.
The script by Buck Henry is full of little comic gems of lines. One of my favorites:
"Has anyone ever told you that you're very sexy?" "Well actually, no." "They never will."
Streisand is gorgeous with her long hair and tanned body. Ryan ONeal is very good as a bewildered musicologist. Streisand gets a great singing moment perched on top of a piano as she seduces ONeal with "As Time Goes By".
There are so many funny moments in this film: the chase through San Francisco, the courtroom scene at the end ("First there was this trouble between me and Hugh." ... "You and me? " .. "No, me and Hugh." ... "Stop that! Make him stop saying that! ") and of course, Streisand in the towel out the window.
This is truly a funny, madcap kind of old fashioned movie. I highly recommend it. Let's hope for a crystal clear DVD version that includes all of those hilarious Bogdonovich outtakes -- are you listening out there?
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remains delightfully fresh after over thirty years November 14, 2003
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WHAT'S UP, DOC? has to stand as one of the finest remakes of a great original ever made. By and large, remakes of classics are profoundly stupid. Although the remakes virtually never match the originals (and admittedly this one is no exception), most are merely pale imitations. Although this one does not come close to supplanting BRINGING UP BABY, it nonetheless manages to bring enough originality to make it utterly delightful. Ever since I first saw it, it has remained my favorite Barbra Streisand film, and is delightfully kooky in a way completely different from the way that Hepburn is kooky in the original. Ryan O'Neill is indeed a pale imitation of Cary Grant, but then, who wouldn't be? But Madeleine Kahn, on the other hand, is a remarkable addition to the storyline. This was, for all practical purposes, her film debut, and she makes the most of it.
This was director Peter Bogdanovich's second hit film in a row, following his marvelous THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. The next year he would make PAPER MOON, and for all intents and purposes he seemed to be the next great American director. But then for whatever reason his gifts seemed to desert him, and while he has occasionally reemerged with a decent film, he has never managed to reascend to the level of these three films. He has, however, managed to write a great deal of film criticism, along with one of the greatest collections of interviews with directors ever published. But in this film his direction was fine, and if the comedy towards the end sometimes seems less screwball than Keystone cops, I find it easy to forgive him.
I repeat that this is my favorite Barbra Streisand film.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The overused term "classic" definitely applies! February 2, 2003
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One of my favorite leisure activities is watching movies at home, and my wife and I have seen hundreds. Yet, "What's Up, Doc?" holds a special place in our heart, and that says a great deal. Madeleine Kahn is whiningly brilliant in her debut role as Eunice The Nagging Fiancee, and even now, when my spouse reminds me of something for the umpteenth time, I will often jokingly reply, "Yes, Eunice." This film also reminds us fondly of my late grandfather, because some years ago we watched it during one of his visits, and all of us laughed until our sides hurt. Every time the secret agent with the golf clubs came on the screen -- even before he DID anything -- it would set off my mom and my grandfather into gales of laughter.
This movie succeeds on multiple levels. The characters (especially Howard, the dazed, somewhat helpless musicologist; Eunice, his bossy fiancee; Judy Maxwell, the sweet interloper who attracts mayhem and chaos like a magnet) are amusing and well-portrayed. There is both silly visual slapstick AND brilliantly-written humorous dialogue. Comedy cliches like The Car Chase, The Pane Of Glass Crossing The Street, and people dodging in and out of rooms on a hallway are shamelessly invoked and then taken to a whole new level.
And let us not forget that Streisand is a singer! When Judy meets Howard (Ryan O'Neal) later in the film, with a piano conveniently nearby, and she launches into "You must remember this", (prompting Howard to wake up and play the changes, already) her "A siiiiiiiiiiigh, is just a sigh" is enough to melt the most cynical heart. And Streisand's rendition of "You're the Top" for the opening title is positively electric.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite earlier movies done by Barbra Streisand
This is one of my favorite earlier movies done by Barbra Streisand. I love her zaniness and humor. Plus she is wonderfully beautiful.
Published 1 day ago by Susan Harris
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great, funny movie
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, funny
Excellent, funny, wonderful movie!! A classic. Great to see it again after many years. Fun to share with my son , who was also in stitches.
Published 6 days ago by Dana Millen
5.0 out of 5 stars Bogdanovich does comedy correctly
Another classic movie for my college years. I highly entertaining throwback to the screwball comedies of the 30s.
Published 9 days ago by Joseph L. Reichardt
4.0 out of 5 stars The cast is almost perfect - hilarious
This is one of the funniest movies ever made. The cast is almost perfect - hilarious! I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 because the race through San Francisco is overly long. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Indy Lindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
More laughs today than 25 years or whenever it was produced. Great movie.
Published 16 days ago by Howard Duley
5.0 out of 5 stars It is sooooo funny.
I gave this as a gift. It is sooooo funny.
Published 17 days ago by Rosemary Hoggan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
It's Barbra nothing more to say
Published 20 days ago by DAVID MOORE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast and great screenplay
Classic comedy. Great cast and great screenplay. This is a must see in my book.
Published 21 days ago by Mark McGuffee
5.0 out of 5 stars what's up doc?
One of the funniest films ever!!!
Published 25 days ago by Karl Epps
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