The Owl and the Pussycat

Buck Henry's skilful adaptation of Bill Manhoff's Broadway hit about the abrasive encounter (mental and physical) between an illiterate tart and an intellectual pseud. Neil Simon territory, sometimes tiresomely raucous and treading well-worn paths, but any tendency to sentimental whimsy is kept firmly at arm's length by the verbal fireworks. Brilliant performances from Streisand and Segal, each timing their lines with the knife-edge precision that used to be the glory of the Tracy-Hepburn partnership.

Release details

Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Herbert Ross
Screenwriter: Buck Henry
Cast: Barbra Streisand
George Segal
Robert Klein
Allen Garfield
Roz Kelly
Jacques Sandulescu
Jack Manning
Grace Carney