Cactus Flower

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A dentist pretends to be married to avoid commitment, but when he falls for his girlfriend and proposes, he must recruit his lovelorn nurse to pose as his wife.

ACTORS :  Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1969

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Cactus Flower  Toni Simmons believes that the only reason her married lover won’t leave his wife is because of the children. Actually, her lover, dentist Julian Winston, doesn’t have any children. In fact, he doesn’t even have a wife–he just tells women he does to avoid getting involved. When Julian does decide to take the plunge with Toni, she insists on meeting the first wife and Julian enlists the aid of his long-time nurse/receptionist Stephanie Dickinson to play the part.

A fine film.

Cactus Flower  This movie rarely gets notice, and indeed, it is no classic. But it has some truly splendid moments, supplied mostly by the blonde and bubbly Goldie Hawn who won a much deserved Academy Award. The film, based on a Broadway play, deals with a neurotic dentist(Walter Matthau) who lies to his kooky girlfriend(Miss Hawn) by telling her that he’s married. When Matthau finally falls head over heels for Hawn, he tells her that he intends to divorce his wife and pops the question to her. Feeling that she caused their break-up, Hawn then demands to meet his wife so she can straighten things out with her. Matthau then gets his prim and proper assistant(Ingrid Bergman) to play the part of his “wife”, but that’s only the beginning of this crazy comedy. Matthau is brilliant as usual, and Bergman also does well with her role, despite being thoroughly miscast(the sexy and vibrant Miss Bergman as a drab, spinsterish dental assistant, PLEASE!). But the film belongs to Goldie who, even at this early stage in her career, fully displays her star power. Cactus Flower

Watch Ingrid Bergman do ‘the dentist’!

Cactus Flower  Many farcical comedies of the 60’s and 70’s haven’t stood the test of time. Cactus Flowers is one of the few that has.

It’s quick, witty, well paced, clever and most importantly funny.

It’s worth watching the film for the dancing scene alone: Seeing Ingrid Bergman doing “the dentist” was hilarious.

She really shows she has a flair for comedy.

The entire cast is brilliant. Special mention goes to a very young Goldie Hawn who looks (and sounds) like a different person! This is a classic. Highly recommended

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