Cast & Crew
Director : Gene Saks
Producer : M.J. Frankovich
Screenwriter : I.A.L. Diamond
Starring : Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn, Jack Weston, Rick Lenz,
Ever want to see Ingrid Bergman in a romantic comedy? Now's your chance -- Cactus Flower is probably her most lighthearted role, but the poor girl's comic timing is below par, worse than Goldie Hawn's dramatic abilities. The setup here is fortunately classic: Womanizing dentist Walter Matthau wants to marry dippy Goldie Hawn, but first he has to shed the phony wife he's used in the past in order to keep clingy gals away. His prim assistant Bergman plays the faux wife, which ends up bringing her out of her repressed shell. One wonders what this could have been with Katherine Hepburn instead of Bergman.