What's Up Doc?
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What’s Up, Doc? joyously recaptures the bubbly style of 1930s screwball comedies – and firmly establishes Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal as a romantic duo uniquely endearing in screen history. Included are a daffy luggage mixup plot, dippy dialogue exchanges, a marvelous example of the art of hotel-room demolition and one of the funniest chase sequences ever, all over San Francisco. Dexterously written with a surefooted sense of the ridiculous by Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton, directed by Peter Bogdanovich with giddy affection and cast with awesomely hilarious players (including film-debuting Madeline Kahn), What’s Up, Doc? is no idle question. Among comedy movies, it’s the top.
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Filmed on location in San Francisco, Bogdanovich may never be able to film there again. Without permission from the City, he shot one scene in which a wild car chase ensues down a flight of concrete steps at a city park. The steps were badly damaged during the shot and I hope the City has forgiven Bogdanovich because this scene is the antithesis of the car chase in "Bullitt". See this movie! END
Having said that -- this movie is worth getting just the same, for a few purposes. First, having been filmed on location in San Francisco -- if you've never visited this town (I was there only once during the 1960s, and it forever left a lasting impression upon my fertile young mind, the streets that seemed to be hanging vertically -- as if all the cars were going to topple backwards off the street - those of you who've visited SF know exactly that feeling) -- this movie is a great introduction to San Francisco's stunning reality, namely, that the entire city is built on the side of a mountain, hanging precariously above the Pacific Ocean.
And so, the chase scenes with the cars racing down the streets (literally downward from top of the hills toward bottom of the hills) - will leave your heart pumping faster than sex -- not to mention the humorous conversation going on all the time during the chase scenes between the girl (Barbra Streisand) and guy (Ryan O'Neil) -- if this doesn't make you howl with laughter, nothing will.
I first saw this movie when it was still in the theaters! -- and recently purchase it on DVD - and guess what? - the thrills, laughter, romance, and high adventure are all STILL THERE -- so I'd recommend this to anyone who needs a rescue from the "blues", "depression", "anger", "stress", or "financial dilemma"; This movie is worth a vacation full of rest, relaxation, laughter, and good times all around. Be kind to yourself, and buy the movie, and see if it isn't true!
Old-school slapstick reminiscent of the great 30's comedies (think "Bringing up Baby") combined with fast-paced, witty dialogue and 70's modern sensibilities. An absolute gem.