The Owl and the Pussycat (film)
|The Owl and the Pussycat|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Herbert Ross|
|Produced by||Ray Stark|
|Written by||Buck Henry|
|Music by||Dick Halligan|
|Cinematography||Harry Stradling, Sr.|
|Editing by||John F. Burnett|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||November 3, 1970|
|Running time||95 min.|
|Box office||$23,681,338 (domestic)
The Owl and the Pussycat is a 1970 romantic comedy film directed by Herbert Ross and starring Barbra Streisand and George Segal. Streisand plays the role of a somewhat uneducated actress, model and part-time prostitute. She temporarily lives with an educated aspiring writer (Segal). Their differences are obvious, yet over time they begin to admire each other. Comedian/actor Robert Klein appears in a supporting role. Future adult film actress Marilyn Chambers, in her film debut, plays Klein's girlfriend. (She was 17 during the film shoot and is credited as Evelyn Lang.)
The screenplay, written by Buck Henry, was based on a stage play by Bill Manhoff. In the stage version, the would-be writer and the would-be actress are the only characters. In the play's original Broadway production (1964-1965), the "Owl" was played by white actor Alan Alda and the "Pussycat" by black actress/singer Diana Sands; the film version omitted the aspects of the characters' interracial relationship.
- Barbra Streisand as Doris
- George Segal as Felix
- Robert Klein as Barney
- Evelyn Lang as Barney's Girl
- Roz Kelly as Eleanor
An instant hit, the movie grossed $23,681,338 at the domestic box office, making it the 12th highest grossing film of 1970. The movie also grossed $11,645,000 in rentals. Total gross for the movie was $35,326,338.
Award nominations 
Barbra Streisand received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy nomination, her 3rd in this category. Buck Henry was also nominated for Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium.
Home media 
The Owl and the Pussycat was released several years ago on DVD. Fans of the movie have complained that one line of dialogue spoken by Streisand (her character saying "fuck") has been deleted from the DVD release.
Deleted scenes 
Barbra Streisand filmed a nude/topless scene for The Owl and the Pussycat that was cut from the film. Streisand told the press: "The director of 'The Owl and the Pussycat' wanted a topless shot, and I agreed on two conditions — one, there would be nobody in the room but George [Segal]; two, I had the right to kill the shot if I didn't think it would work." In November 1979, a U.S. adult/pornographic magazine named High Society published the nude frames that were cut from the film. Streisand sued High Society for publishing the celebrity nude shots.
Cultural reference 
Mad published a spoof of the film in its September 1971 issue (Issue #145), in which much is made of Streisand's profanity. At the end, Segal's writer character throws his typewriter down an embankment, saying that the words he's used as a writer made him sick. Then he throws her over, saying "Four-letter words make me even sicker! So long, Foul-Mouth!"
On the MMORPG website Gaia Online, there is an equipable item called "Runcible Spoon" that makes reference to the movie.
- "The Owl and the Pussycat, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
- Internet Broadway Database entry for 1964-65 "Owl & The Pussycat" production
- Awards for The Owl and the Pussycat, IMBD.com, retrieved July 18, 2012
- Barbra Archives Streisand Discography: "The Owl & The Pussycat" soundtrack album
- Barbra Archives, "Owl & The Pussycat" Cut Scenes Page
- Time Magazine, May 18, 1970.
- "No Nude Scenes" St. Petersburg Times, Dec. 27, 1983
- "Barbra Suing Mad." The Prescott Courier, Sep. 28, 1979