6.5/10
3,042
36 user 12 critic

The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)

PG | | Comedy | 3 November 1970 (USA)
A stuffy author enters into an explosive relationship with his neighbor, a foul-mouthed, freewheeling prostitute.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writers:

Bill Manhoff (play), Buck Henry (screenplay)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A housewife tries to finance her cab-driving husband's education.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Michael Sarrazin, Estelle Parsons
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A bankrupt entrepreneur attempts to recoup some of her losses by getting a washed-out boxer she picked up as a tax loss back into the ring - an idea her protégé isn't fond of.

Director: Howard Zieff
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Paul Sand
Funny Lady (1975)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Story of singer Fanny Brice's stormy relationship with showman Billy Rose.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Barbra Streisand, James Caan, Omar Sharif
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A bored housewife takes refuge in a fantasy world.

Director: Irvin Kershner
Stars: Barbra Streisand, David Selby, Ariane Heller
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A troubled young woman who visits a psychotherapist to help her quit smoking undergoes hypnosis and finds herself reliving a tragic Victorian romance from a past life.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Bob Newhart
Nuts (1987)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen Stapleton
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A drummer plants doubts into the mind of a bandleader about his wife's faithfulness in an attempt to take over the band himself.

Director: Jean-Claude Tramont
Stars: Gene Hackman, Barbra Streisand, Diane Ladd
Funny Girl (1968)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford
Enchantment (1921)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The frothy experiences of a vain little flapper. Her father induces an actor friend to become a gentlemanly cave man and the film becomes another variation of the 'Taming of the Shrew' ... See full summary »

Director: Robert G. Vignola
Stars: Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley, Edith Shayne
Yentl (1983)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training.

Director: Barbra Streisand
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Amy Irving, Mandy Patinkin
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Strung around the idea of reincarnation, this film goes back in time to the days of the Spanish galleons and pirates burying their treasure; treasure to be found centuries later.

Director: George D. Baker
Stars: Marion Davies, Norman Kerry, Anders Randolf
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbra Streisand ... Doris
George Segal ... Felix
Robert Klein ... Barney
Allen Garfield ... Dress Shop Proprietor
Roz Kelly ... Eleanor
Jacques Sandulescu Jacques Sandulescu ... Rapzinsky
Jack Manning Jack Manning ... Mr. Weyderhaus
Grace Carney Grace Carney ... Mrs. Weyderhaus
Barbara Anson Barbara Anson ... Miss Weyderhaus
Kim Chan ... Theatre Cashier
Stan Gottlieb Stan Gottlieb ... Coatcheck Man
Joe Madden Joe Madden ... Old Man Neighbor
Fay Sappington Fay Sappington ... Old Woman Neighbor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marilyn Chambers ... Barney's Girl (as Evelyn Lang)
Edit

Storyline

Can a bickering odd couple in Manhattan become friends and maybe more? Owlish Felix is an unpublished writer who vents his frustration by reporting to the super that the woman in a neighboring flat takes the occasional payment for sex. She's Doris, more wildcat than pussycat, and when Felix's peeping-tom-tattle-tale routine gets her bounced from her apartment, she knocks at his door at 3 AM, aggressive and ticked off. They yell, lose another apartment, and pick up where they left off in a friend's flat and beyond. Dancing by the light of the moon seems unlikely for this owl and pussycat. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

When she starts mixing business and pleasure she goes out of business See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Sony Movie Channel [us

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El búho y la gatita See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$23,681,338
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The inter-racial relationship in the Bill Manhoff source stage play was reflected in the original Broadway production where the couple were portrayed by Alan Alda and African-American actress Diana Sands. If Sidney Poitier had been cast in the lead male role opposite Barbra Streisand, as was considered, then the picture would have preserved the inter-racial relationship of the play, but with the racial types gender reversed. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning, Doris huddles in a doorway to get out of the rain. As a bus pulls up to the kerb, she starts to walk towards it, but in the next tighter shot Doris still in the doorway. The next shot, back on the street, Doris is already on her way towards the bus. See more »

Quotes

Doris: [to Felix through the door] Swear! Swear that you are just a little fruit all alone in the hall.
See more »

Alternate Versions

The original version of the film is said to have included some nude scenes with Barbara Streisand and the line "Do us a favor and just fuck off". Apparently she changed her mind about the nude scenes and they were cut and destroyed. The line with the f-word however stayed intact. Alas for the DVD release Columbia chose to remove that line of dialogue. See more »

Connections

References Man Made Monster (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

The Morning After
(uncredited)
Performed by Blood Sweat & Tears
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Enjoyable film runs out of steam in the second half.
31 October 1999 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

"The Owl and the Pussycat" is an uneven but generally enjoyable mix of comedy and romance, with a few dramatic undertones. There are some genuine laughs and some touching moments, but the movie's loudness occasionally goes over-the-line. Streisand is alternately appealing and annoying, sometimes both in the same scene. Segal is very enjoyable in his "everyman" role, and he makes the picture worth watching, although it does run out of steam in the second half.


13 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 36 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed