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What's Up, Doc? [DVD] [1972]

  • SKU: 5591861
  • Release Date: 11/09/2010
  • Rating: G

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

    Special Features

    • Scene-Specific Commentary by Barbra Streisand
    • Full-Movie Commentary by Director Peter Bogdanovich
    • Vintage Featurette Screwball Comedies...Remember Them?
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Closed Captioned


    What's Up, Doc?
    With Howard Hawks's Bringing Up Baby (1938) as his blueprint, Peter Bogdanovich resurrected and payed homage to 1930s screwball comedy in What's Up, Doc? (1972). When wacky co-ed Judy Maxwell (Barbra Streisand, in the Katharine Hepburn part) spies nebbishy musicologist Howard Bannister (Ryan O'Neal in bespectacled Cary Grant mode) in a San Francisco hotel lobby, she decides that Howard and his precious igneous rocks are right up her alley. Too bad Howard already has a fiancée, the propriety-fixated Eunice (Madeline Kahn in her film debut). Using all her arcane knowledge from brief stays at numerous colleges, Judy tries to charm her way to a $20,000 grant for Howard, and Howard himself, at a banquet with grantor Frederick Larrabee (Austin Pendleton). Things get even more complicated the next day when Judy's underwear-filled overnight bag gets mixed up with Howard's rock bag, which gets mixed up with Mrs. Van Hoskins' bag of jewels, which gets mixed up with Mr. Smith's bag of top secret government papers. All sides converge at Larrabee's mod townhouse and the chase begins. Retaining Hawks' machine-gun pace (as well as the sly pop culture referentiality of Billy Wilder), Bogdanovich and writers Buck Henry, David Newman, and Robert Benton updated the opposites-attract screwball convention for contemporary times. O'Neal gently parodied not only Grant but also his own Love Story (1970) preppy, while Kahn represents stiff-wigged 1950s manners as opposed to Streisand's long-haired, pants-wearing free spirit. The happy ending, in which Cole Porter-belting youth wins out over old manners, found favor with audiences, as What's Up, Doc? became one of the most popular films of 1972, and the second hit in a row for Bogdanovich after 1971's The Last Picture Show. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Barbra Streisand
      Barbra Streisand - Judy Maxwell
    • Ryan O'Neal
      Ryan O'Neal - Howard Bannister
    • Kenneth Mars
      Kenneth Mars - Hugh Simon
    • Austin Pendleton
      Austin Pendleton - Frederick Larrabee
    • Sorrell Booke
      Sorrell Booke - Harry

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Hilarious Gem from the '70's


      This movie is a true treasure from the early-70's. Though I am not a huge Streisand fan, I love her in this, she is superb in her wacky role. The supporting cast is top-notch for sure, with the always excellent Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars and Liam Dunn, all who played in "Young Frankenstein" are a hoot! There are some of the best one-liners in this movie that are always being quoted around our home. We have found every time we share this movie with those who have never seen it or have forgotten about it, want to buy, borrow or steal a copy. The dig on "Love Story" by Ryan O'Neal at the end is priceless. Definitely a classic and worth watching many, many times!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Non Stop Laughs

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I saw this movie as a young lad and had almost forgotten about it until I saw it mentioned in a TV news magazine piece on Streisand and had to get this Blu Ray treatment of it. I was not disappointed and in fact could not stop laughing at the slapstick almost Mel Brooks brand of comedy presented here. It is actually funnier than I remember. The Blu Ray transfer is pristine as well as the audio. I am very happy with this addition to my collection and highly recommend it to those who love a good laugh.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie!!!

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Wonderful to have this and add it to my collection on Blu-ray. Can't go wrong with anything Barbara, this movie is fantastic highly recommended Looking forward to purchasing more on Blu-ray

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Bluray, great price.

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I have always loved this movie. Barbara and Ryan are absolutely hilarious! Being able to order it on Bluray is fantastic.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      good movie

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      If you want some good laughs this is the movie to watch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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