What's Up, Doc?

What's Up, Doc?

DVD - 1972
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Four red plaid travelling cases-- one of each belonging to a befuddled Iowa musicologist, a strange but bright young woman, a rich matron and a suspicious fellow-- are mixed up at a San Francisco hotel, with hilarious results.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, c1972
ISBN: 9780790765310
0790765314
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 WHA NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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loulou2008
Sep 04, 2016

I have to disagree with the most recent comment on this film. It's kind of an absurdist rom/com but it's very funny if this is the type of humour you enjoy. I believe Streisand and O'neil have great chemistry in the film (I remember once hearing BS say RO was a fantastic kisser). Their characters are incompatible but the sparks do fly eventually. IMO, this is much better than a made-for-TV movie. This is Streisand at her wackiest so you have to be a fan to appreciate the film :) 4/5

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ManMachine
Aug 30, 2016

"What's up, doc?" (???).... Well, I'll tell you "What's up?" - This 1972 Barbra Streisand/Ryan O'Neal star-vehicle was, without question, "Screwball Comedy" at its absolute nadir... Yeah. That's what's up!

Containing more cringe-worthy moments than any other movie (in its genre) that I've seen in literal decades - This totally unfunny Romantic/Comedy was such a pathetically awful piece of deadpan junk. It really was.

Of course - It didn't help matters much that the presence of Judy Maxwell (Streisand's character) in the story made absolutely no sense at all. And, it wasn't until this demented film's anti-climatic finale that we finally find out who the hell this annoying dimwit really was. And, by that point - Who really gives a damn, anyway?

And, speaking about Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal - Believe me - There was absolutely no on-screen chemistry happening between these 2 irksome bozos, whatsoever. There really wasn't.

All-in-all - (From start to finish) - "What's Up, Doc?" was nothing more than being the equivalent to a slap-dash, 1970's, Made-For-TV movie.... Yep. It was really that bad.

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dinyun
Mar 01, 2016

Hauled this movie out to show my grandchildren and they laughed and loved it just like I did years ago. Diffidently stood the test of time.

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mswrite
Feb 24, 2016

Howard/O'Neal (Despairingly): What am I going to tell Eunice?
Judy/Streisand (Brightly): THAT is the EASIEST thing!
(He looks at her skeptically, hopefully.)
Judy: Now, look--you go back to her hotel room and you knock on the door. Okay, she answers the door.
(Howard nods.)
Judy: Now, she will have been crying, so her face will be all puffy and her nose all red and running (Howard cringes), but you overlook that.
Judy (Turning to him dramatically, caught up in the scenario she is spinning): You put your hand on her shoulder. You stare purposefully into those red-rimmed swollen eyes and you say, you say 'Eunice, my dear, there's been a terrible misunderstanding! I've behaved like a--a cad, a bounder (Howard nods eagerly)--but now I see everything clearly.'
(Pause)
'And I have decided that Judy and I are going to put you into a home.'
(She grins, mischievously. Howard looks away in despair).

Wonderful stuff, and a mere taste of the sly and wacky Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton dialogue that abounds in this movie. Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal are letter-perfect in their seventies update of Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant in "Bringing Up Baby." So potent is their chemistry it was no surprise at all to learn the two had become romantically involved during the making of this film--the bigger surprise would have been if they hadn't.

Over the years director Peter Bogdanovich has emerged as a droll historian of classic Hollywood movies and moviemakers. He handles his performers and their increasingly wild predicaments with a firm and guiding hand, never allowing the manic proceedings to get too far away from their own crazy logic or his control.

Contributing to the zany fun are scene-stealing character actors Madeline Kahn as Eunice, Howard's shrill and unlovable fiance; Kenneth Mars as the hilariously affected Hugh Simon, Howard's bitter rival for the coveted Larrabee Foundation grant; and Austin Pendleton as the amiable if somewhat befuddled Frederick Larrabee.
Rounding out the lunatic fringe is Sorrell Brooke as a hapless hotel detective trying unsuccessfully to steal the fabulous jewels of a hotel guest and Mabel Anderson (perhaps best known as Darrin Stephens bewildered mother on the "Bewitched" series) as his hot pants-wearing target; John ("Magnum P.I.") Hillerman, a master of the comic slow burn, as the hotel manager whose courtly professionalism has been strained to the limit; Michael Murphy as a determined if clumsy political activist; and last but by no means least, Liam Dunn as the freewheeling Judy's aged, exasperated dad. ("You made me smash my Life Savers!") Until his debut in this film Dunn was a casting director; immediately afterward he became a very busy actor, and favorite of Mel Brooks.

"What's Up Doc?" is basically a live action Warner Brothers cartoon, a series of rapid-fire set-ups and payoffs of clever jokes and explosive sight gags. In its day it broke box-office records and 40+ years on remains one of the funniest movies ever made. It is the perfect bookend to the aforementioned 1938 Howard Hawks classic "Bringing Up Baby." (For more on that--including the advice Cary Grant gave Ryan O'Neal as the filming commenced--be sure to watch the movie at least once with Bogdanovich's entertaining 2002 commentary track turned on.)

JASON A LAMBRIGHT Sep 30, 2015

There's a few lafs in this one. However, the incredible stunt scenes are what really take the cake!

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electrachef
Apr 21, 2015

After not seeing this film for decades, I thought I wouldn't laugh at the jokes anymore. Wow! Was I sure wrong. This movie holds up 40 years later and I may even buy it for my "favorites" collection!

d2013 Jan 23, 2014

If you need a good laugh, then this is it. Terrific cast! Love Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neil and I have always been a fan of Madeline Kahn. She was such a wonderful actress.

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kyle0000
Jun 05, 2012

I love this movie..saw it twice in one day at the theatre! Got it out for my daughter's sleep-over and it was a hit!

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maryeoconnor
Mar 17, 2012

Loved this movie when it first came out. Lots of great performances.

crankylibrarian Jan 05, 2011

One of the best screwball comedies ever.See if your kids can keep straight who's got which suitcase, and watch for the marvelous chase scene down San Francisco's Lombard street.

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