Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower
Comedy, Romance

Director: Gene Saks Cast: Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn, Jack Weston, Rick Lenz, Vito Scotti, Irene Hervey, Eve Bruce, Irwin Charone, Matthew Saks

Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Goldie Hawn)

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: 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.

Did You Know? The film was remade in 2011 as Just Go With It, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.

Quotables: TONI: A man who lies cannot love!
MS. DICKINSON: Well, that sounds like something out of a fortune cookie.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Walter Matthau played a lot of unsavoury, hypocritical characters in his earlier career. It’s all fine and dandy for him to date Goldie Hawn but it’s absolutely unacceptable for Ingrid Bergman to date Rick Lenz, because she’s “old enough to be his mother”.

That being said, this movie was quite fun. I’d love to do it onstage someday.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233