Cactus Flower Movie Review Summary

Actors: Walter Matthau, Goldie Hawn, Ingrid Bergman, Jack Weston

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This film is about a dentist (Julian), with whom his assistant (Stephanie) is in love. However, the doctor seems to love Toni, who is a young and modern girl who thinks Julian is married. Then Julian will discover that Toni isnīt a suitable woman for him and moreover heīll notice that he actually loves Stephanie.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Ingridi

Young, swinging Toni Simmons (Hawn) understands that the reason her older, married lover -- a dentist named Dr. Julian Winston (Matthau) -- won't leave his wife and commit to her is because of his children. But Julian doesn't have any children . . . or a wife, for that matter! That's just his story to keep from getting permanently entangled with women. When he finally tells Toni he's ready to commit, she wants to meet his ex-wife. So Julian enlists the help of his longtime nurse/receptionist Stephanie Dickinson (Bergman), who incidentally has had a longtime crush on her boss, to pretend to be his ex. One of the legendary I.A.L. Diamond's last scripts, based on a play by Pierre Barillet, Jean-Pierre Gredy, and Abe Burrows, the plot of this very dated 1969 movie is obvious and not terribly inspired. Nor is the dialogue all that sparkling. And the leads are miscast: Matthau was twice Hawn's age, and seems too boring to attract her character; and still-gorgeous mid 50s Bergman has to strain to seem prim and proper. But the trio still turns in lovely performances, and Hawn won an Oscar for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in her first significant part.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Lover is...    -   much older/younger Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   play

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