What's New, Pussycat?


What's New, Pussycat? (1965)


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In this comedy, fashion editor Michael James sees psychiatrist Dr. Fritz Fassbender to seek help with his inability to have a serious relationship with any of the women he meets. While James is fighting off the women, Victor Shakapopulis is desperately trying to find a way to attract even one.

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Peter O'Toole
as Michael James
Peter Sellers
as Dr. Fritz Fassbender
as Renée
Eddra Gale
as Anna Fassbender
Katrin Schaake
as Jacqueline
Elenore Hirt
as Mrs. Sylvia Werner
Richard Burton
as Man in Bar
Eleonore Hirt
as Mrs. Sylvia Werner
Jess Hahn
as Perry Werner
Michel Subor
as Philippe
Nicole Karen
as Tempest O'Brien
Jacqueline Fogt
as Charlotte
Daniel Emilfork
as Gas Station Man
Tanya Lopert
as Miss Lewis
Barbara Somers
as Miss Marks
Robert Rollis
as Car Renter
Marion Conrad
as Stripteaser
Maggie Wright
as Stripteaser
Jean-Yves Autrey
as Fassbender's Child
Pascal Wolf
as Fassbender's Child
Nadine Papin
as Fassbender's Child
Gordon Felio
as Fat Man
Louise Lasser
as The Nutcracker
Francoise Hardy
as Secretary
Georges Douking
as Concierge at Renee's Apartment
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Critic Reviews for What's New, Pussycat?

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

What's New Pussycat? is a comedy built on so many shaky assumptions that it ought to sue for nonsupport.

May 10, 2013 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It goes overboard in pressing for its goal and consequently suffers from over-contrived treatment.

Mar 23, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The mixed results are entertaining, if flawed.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Clive Donner's stylish direction harmonizes well with Woody Allen's inspired screenplay to yield an elegant entertainment, proving once again that Allen is a better scenarist than a director.

May 21, 2005 | Full Review…

Somewhere in the proceedings there were sane and skillful artisans at work.

May 21, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Donner, the director, appears to have had next to no control over the proceedings; it looks as though he was enjoying the fun so much that he didn't much bother to direct.

Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for What's New, Pussycat?


A Woody Allen script that has men fretting about sex w/o commitment. Apparently a creature of the 60's, it all comes off as vain and conceited now. Peter O'Toole is the least likely gallant I can imagine short of Allen himself. The title song steals the movie, and that's about 2 minutes.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Very funny: Peter Sellers, Woody Allen and Peter O'Toole, together are really funny, but What's New Pussycat is too silly.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A very, very, very silly movie. Not a great movie, but funny in places, and very, very silly.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Sellers and O'Toole are a good team, but the script needs some work. The story is good for the most part, but it eventually gets silly and out of control. Overall it's okay, but it could have been much better.

Aj V
Aj V

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