The Owl and the Pussycat

1970

The Owl and the Pussycat

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The Owl and the Pussycat began life as a two-character Broadway play by Bill Manhoff, about a stuffy author who entered into an explosive relationship with his neighbor, a foulmouthed, freewheeling prostitute. Manhoff wrote the part of the hooker for a black actress, but all that changed when Barbra Streisand was cast in the role for the film version. George Segal portrays the male lead, and the play's two-character austerity was expanded to a cast of 19 speaking parts. Beyond the added characters (including Robert Klein as Segal's swinging roommate), the heart and soul of the film is the Segal-Streisand relationship; he is utterly appalled by her lifestyle, she is turned off by his prudishness, and both are made for each other. The Owl and the Pussycat was adapted for the screen by Buck Henry, who shows up in a cameo role in one of the bookstore scenes. The film represented the last work of cinematographer Harry Stradling, who'd previously photographed Streisand in Funny Girl; Stradling died during production, and was replaced by Ernest Laszlo.

Cast

Roz Kelly
as Eleanor
Allen Garfield
as Dress Shop Proprietor
Grace Charney
as Mrs. Weyderhaus
Jack Manning
as Mr. Weyderhaus
Grace Carney
as Mrs. Weyderhaus
Barbara Anson
as Ann Weyderhaus
Kim Chan
as Theater Cashier
Stanley Gottlieb
as Coatcheck Man
Stan Gottlieb
as Coatcheck Man
Marilyn Chambers
as Barney's Girl
Dominic Barto
as Man in Bar
Joe Madden
as Neighbor
Evelyn Lang
as Barney's Girl
Buck Henry
as Man Looking Through Doubleday's Bookstore
Marshall Ward
as Car Gang Member
Tom Atkins
as Car Gang Member
Stan Bryant
as Gang in Car
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Critic Reviews for The Owl and the Pussycat

All Critics (10) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (2)

  • Sharp dialogue + Streisand & Siegel make this stage-based comedy worthwhile.

    Jan 4, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • Like an insomniac on a hot summer night, my preference while watching this one is to throw a shoe at this meowing pussycat and her hooting owl friend.

    Nov 5, 2003 | Rating: 56/100
  • ...the film provides more wit than most of what passes for comedy today.

    Jan 9, 2002 | Rating: 7/10

Audience Reviews for The Owl and the Pussycat

  • Jan 14, 2020
    "There are eight million stories in the naked city, and this is just one of them." Or, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl again, in this personality-fueled riff on the old opposites attracting motif. It manages to rise above "cute" every now and again, but not enough to really recommend it. It's nice to recall The Big Apple of the early 70s though, the world before cellphones. Not bad.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2011
    In the final half hour the characters become more enduring than obnoxious . . . its still a sanitized version of the original play, but its enjoyable in a weird way.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2010
    Sharp dialogue and excellent performances from the two leads, but the lack of genuine humor renders it a simple star vehicle. 67/100 More at: http://thegreatestreview.blogspot.com/2010/12/streisand-as-hooker-and-segal-as.html
    Simeon D Super Reviewer

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