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Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Owl And The Pussycat (1970)

When a part time hooker (Barbra Streisand) gets kicked out of her apartment in the middle of the night because her neighbor (George Segal), a nerdy failed writer complained about her activities, she barges into his apartment and demands that he put her up for the night. Thus begins an unlikely romantic relationship. Based on the two character play by Bill Manhoff, the screenplay by Buck Henry opens up the film a bit but not by much. Despite the minor characters hovering around the fringe of the film, it's still essentially a two character piece. Quite daring for its day, it seems almost quaint today though inexplicably Streisand (who had her nude scene eliminated from the film) uttering the "F" word was cut from the film shortly after it was released and has never been reinstated. The film is dialogue heavy and the writing is uneven though fortunately Streisand and Segal have such a smooth chemistry that it's a pity they didn't work again in their prime (Segal had a small part in her THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES). The easy listening pop/jazz score is by Richard Halligan of Blodd, Sweat & Tears and is performed by the band. Directed by Herbert Ross. With Robert Klein, Allen Garfield, Roz Kelly and porn actress Marilyn Chambers (BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR).

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