Cactus Flower

Columbia Pictures and Frankovich Productions Released 1969


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Gene Saks

Cactus Flower is a 1969 romantic comedy that won Goldie Hawn an Academy Award. The film follows Dr. Julian Winston (Walter Matthau), a successful Manhattan dentist, who makes the most of the swinging sixties by telling a long line of women that he is already married. During this promiscuous time, he manages to enjoy plenty of women as well as his bachelorhood. Then, his current girlfriend, Toni Simmons (Goldie Hawn), tries to kill herself because of their affair. The guilt-ridden dentist promises to marry her, but Toni will not say yes until she meets his first wife. Along with his friend, Harvey Greenfield (Jack Weston), Julian comes up with a plan to have his longtime nurse, Stephanie (Ingrid Bergman) pose as his wife, with Harvey playing her lover. Stephanie plays the role perfectly, in part because she has harbored a secret crush on her boss for years, and the evening will provide plenty of surprises for all involved.

Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The three central performances (by Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and -- wow! -- Goldie Hawn) are so engaging that we find ourselves, despite ourselves, involved in their story.

  • 80

    The New York Times

    The picture moves around comfortably in nice color, against some authentic Manhattan exteriors. But it is primarily the verve and skill of the performances, the pungent air of sexu...

  • 50


    Cactus Flower drags, which is probably the worst thing that can be said of a light comedy. It's due to sloppy direction by Gene Saks and the miscasting of Walter Matthau opposite I...

Vito Scotti

Vito Scotti

Señor Arturo Sánchez

Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau

Dr. Julian Winston

Jack Weston

Jack Weston

Harvey Greenfield

Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn

Toni Simmons

Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman

Stephanie Dickinson

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Comedy, Drama


Classics, Romantic Comedy, Slapstick, Love & Romance