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what's up, doc?
- kevin sellers
Fairly successful attempt to revive the Screwball (and Sturgian) comedies of the 30s/40s. A witty screenplay by Buck Henry and the "Bonnie/Clyde" scribes Robert Benton and David Newman that, a la Sturges, apportions plenty of zingers to numerous members of the cast and not just the leads helps considerably, and director Peter Bogdanovich, coming off the somber masterpiece "Last Picture Show," shows his versatility with at least three fine bits of physical comedy; the fire in the wacky, off kilter Hotel Bristol, the comic fistfight at Larabee's artily pretentious mansion, and of course the chase scene through the streets of SF which I take it was a spoof on the famous one in "Bullit," shot a few years earlier. As in all good comedies there is a great bunch of co stars led by Madeline Kahn, whose first picture this was, and including (in no particular order of hilarity)John Hillerman, Stefan Gierasch, Sorrell Booke, Liam Dunn, and Austin Pendleton. As for the two leads, what can I say? He's good and she's her usual obnoxious NYC self. Casting someone else in her role, someone who is not so teeth gnashingly grating (except when she sings), someone like say Barbara Harris or Jill Clayburgh would have made this film better. So would a less obvious Kenneth Mars. Let's give it an A minus.
may her fans give me a head start to get away
the 1970s had many people who were crazy for old movies and tv shows.this story played to that craze very well.the lead male acting talent in this story was as good as he could be. i defy anyone to say this once young man was not better looking than certain young men in stories made now.this was the unexpected peak for him and that is a shame.many things could be said about the wonderful acting talent that supported the lead talents.their work is a respectable legacy. i am going to pretend that the director retired after making this.the crew who worked on this deserved more money.madeline kahn and ken mars..you would have feasted in the system of today.now i confess my shame.barbra streisand ..for some years i thought your ego could be a bit much. some times i thought you were wrong about some things. i know you think what you want. that is the way it should be.i do respect you. the way you carried yourself in this story..made me think that you were one of the best personas ever. you were clever and charming.you were so pretty. you were never better than emma stone ..but hey .. noone is perfect.
What's Up Doc?
- Michael Whitty
Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal star in this uproarious comedy at a musicologist convention in San Francisco and the situations that bring them together although Ryan is engaged to marry someone else. There are overnight suitcases with different things with different people as Ryan hopes to get a $20,000 grant and Barbra hopes to take Ryan away from his woman. There is a 9 minute chase scene up-and-down the hills of San Francisco that is a fabulous action scene and helped make this movie number 2 at the boxoffice in 1972. Director Peter Bogdanovich had a string of hits in the early 70s and this was his biggest one. The style of this brings back the comedies of the 30s that had an innocent and outrageous side to them.
- David Dierlam
It's taken 20 yrs to get one of the greatest comedies EVER MADE to TCM. Look in the dictionary for screwball comedy. I'll bet this is the example they give. One of my top 10 movies ever.
Amongst the finest comedic movies of all time
- William Lambert
All of the performances this movie I superlatives Kentmarsh Barbra Streisand Madeline on especially drag her out of the dance floor John Hillerman Mabel Albertson... Sorrell Brook trips are in the lobby, after her jewelry is stolen, to Jon Hillerman, requesting Howard Bannister check out ystrdy, to "there's a woman named Eunice". And ballroom heel tracks... The Very Finest Smart Slapstick!!!
An all-time favorite comedy!
- Lori C.
I've seen this movie over a half dozen times since it was originally released and I laugh just as hard as I did the first time I saw it. Madeline Kahn was fantastic (as always) and well done performances by all others. Casting was brilliant and although parts of it are a bit dated, the comedy is still as fresh as the legendary car (and bike) chase scene through the hilly streets of San Francisco. Kudos to all who were involved in the making of this classic screwball comedy that I never tire of watching! Can't remember the last time I saw it in the TCM lineup ...(hint, hint) but I'd sure love to see it again. It should shown at least once a year, it deserves a fresh audience.
What's up Doc??
This is one of the best comedies I've ever seen! I remember watching and laughing so hard, my side hurt! Ryan O'Neal at his best, and most handsome! I named my oldest after him :)
One of the funniest screwball comedies I've seen!
- Andy Alburger
What's Up Doc? joyfully recaptures the happily and hilariously style of the 1930's screwball comedies. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring comedy pair Barbara Streisand and Ryan O'Neal are just some of the reasons that make What's Up Doc a memorable comedy classic. The also very funny supporting cast includes Madeline Kahn (hilarious in her film debut), Kenneth Mars, Austin Pendleton and Michael Murphy. The screenplay written by Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton is also a pleasant and hilarious treat. This 1972 classic comedy's plot centers around four very different people, each with the same tartan overnight bag, carrying very different things. What follows is a luggage mix-up, an interesting example of a hotel-room demolition and one of the all-time funniest chase sequences, all over San Francisco. The movie also includes an almost equally funny follow-up courtroom scene. Although this film is extremely enjoyable, a couple scenes were less entertaining and boredom sets in. But What's Up Doc leaves you with a smile on your face. Peter Bogdanovich's directing is terrific, paying homage to 1930's screwball's such as bringing Up Baby. Barbara Streisand and Ryan O'Neal proved they are an excellent comedy-romance duo. Each in there own ways are extremely funny. Madeline Kahn was great and Liam Dunn was also very funny as the judge. The screenplay is filled with many laugh-out-loud jokes and brightens you up. A 4.5 star treat. Comedies don't get much better than this!
What's up doc? 1972 version
It's one of the great screwball comedies, right up there with "Bringing up baby" with Hepburn & Grant! Hope to see this movie playing soon on TCM. Streisand & O'Neal made a great team!
What's Up Doc?
This is one of those movies I never tire of watching. Peter Bogdonovich's direction is excellent, the cast is great. Barbra Streisand is at her best, but it's Madeline Kahn and the rest of the supporting cast that steal the film. A brilliant comedy.
Funniest Movie Ever?
- Carl Wood
Possibly. I certainly could make a case that What's Up Doc? has more laughs in it than any film in history. TCM fans will eat this one up!
Laugh Out Loud
"What's Up Doc" is one of the funniest films of all time. An uptight professor (Ryan O'Neil) gets caught up in the the crazy life of college girl (Barbara Streisand). The film has a relation to "Bringing Up Baby" in form and in the commentary by director Peter Bogdanavich. There is a quadruple identical overnight bag mix-up, a hilarious dinner party, and a wild chase sequence through the streets of San Francisco leading to a court appearance of all the people involved. There was a DVD available from Amazon for $13 but it took 8 weeks or so to arrive.