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What's Up, Doc?

What's Up, Doc?

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As we've mentioned before classic films are a part of our DNA here at Rialto Cinemas so for our next Rialto Recommends we are choosing a classic from 1972 Peter Bogdanovich's WHAT'S UP DOC? starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal that is actually an homage to Howard Hawk's 1939 film Bringing Up Baby starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. At their recent watch party the New York Times wrote about WHAT'S UP DOC? "Plentiful jokes, precision timing, memorable oddballs, kooky situations and beautifully executed physical comedy — "What's Up, Doc?" has it all and more, including the blissful, counterintuitive pairing of Ryan O'Neal and Streisand. He plays Howard Bannister, a fusty music professor who, on a trip to San Francisco with his fiancee, Eunice Burns (Madeline Kahn), meets Streisand's Judy Maxwell, a zany, seemingly rootless sexpot. What Judy wants, Judy gets, and she's soon chasing Howard amid escalating complications, slam-bam slapstick and some of the greatest second bananas every bunched together." WHAT'S UP DOC? was also the film debut of Madeline Kahn. The New York Times goes on to say "I really want to talk about is Madeline Kahn, who is peerless. It's hard to think of "Doc" working without her performance, which is perfection from the flip in her steel-helmet wig on down. Her Eunice — who has to vie with Judy and, by proxy, Streisand, poor thing — could have been a mirthless disaster, yet another sexist cliche, the woman scorned, blah blah blah. Instead, Kahn and Bogdanovich make Eunice into a fully rounded woman who thinks she knows what she wants, a.k.a. Howard. One of the movie's delights is that she also gets a happy ending, one perhaps better than she might have without Judy's anarchic interference." WHAT'S UP DOC? is streaming for a modest rental fee from Amazon, YouTube, GooglePlay, Apple, Vudu and other services HERE.

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Film Facts
Running Time
94
Genre
Comedy
Romance
MPAA Rating
G
Starring
Barbra Streisand
Ryan O'Neal
Madeline Kahn
Directed by
Peter Bogdanovich
Written by
Buck Henry
Robert Benton
David Newman
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