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What's Up - What's Up, Doc? (1972 film) - Netflix
What's Up, Doc? is a 1972 American screwball comedy film released by Warner Bros., directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, and Madeline Kahn in her first feature film role (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe). It was intended to pay homage to comedy films of the 1930s, especially Bringing Up Baby, as well as Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny cartoons (another Warner Bros. character). The film was a success, and became the third-highest grossing film of 1972. The film won the Writers Guild of America 1973 “Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen” award for writers Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton. It was ranked number 61 on the list of the 100 greatest American comedies published by the American Film Institute (AFI), and ranked number 68 on the AFI's list of 100 greatest love stories in American cinema. It was also ranked number 58 on the list of the WGA's 101 Funniest Screenplays published by the Writers Guild of America. The film was very loosely based on the novel A Glimpse of Tiger by Herman Raucher, which is ironic in light of its WGA award. The film was originally slated for release on December 13, 1970 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer but was indefinitely shelved due to ongoing financial difficulties. In 1971, Warner Bros. picked up the distribution rights. After over a year of delay, the film premiered on March 10, 1972.
What's Up - Locations - Netflix
The opening and ending scenes were filmed at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in the South Terminal (now Terminal 1). The opening scene was filmed in the downstairs TWA Baggage Claim area. The next to last scene was filmed in the upstairs departure area beneath the arrival/departure board and at the flight insurance counter. The San Francisco Hilton was the shooting location for the “Bristol Hotel”. Part of the movie was filmed in Paramus, New Jersey. The exterior of the hotel, where Streisand is hanging from a ledge, was shot in Westwood, Los Angeles. The San Francisco setting was chosen to allow an elaborate comic spoof of the San Francisco car chase in the hit 1968 movie Bullitt. Bogdanovich claims the rousing chase sequence accounted for one-fourth of the film's $4 million budget. The classic “plate glass” scene, in which O'Neal and Streisand are pedaling on a stolen grocery store delivery bicycle, was filmed at Balboa and 23rd Avenue in the Richmond District. In another scene, their out of control bike ends up going down Clay Street in Chinatown. The Volkswagen Beetle is stolen from the curb in front of Saint Peter and Paul Church at Washington Square Park, and the Beetle hides on a car carrier on Sacramento St. just west of Van Ness Avenue in an area where many car dealerships were once located (Van Ness was San Francisco's “Auto Row”). The production did not have permission from the city to drive cars down the concrete steps in Alta Plaza Park in San Francisco; these were badly damaged during filming and still show the scars today. At the end of the car chase, almost everyone ends up foundering in San Francisco Bay — except O'Neal and Streisand, comfortably afloat in their Volkswagen Beetle. This was a play on Volkswagen print and TV ads from a few years earlier that championed the Beetle's remarkable (and real) ability to float on water. During the making of this scene, the actor Sorrell Booke almost drowned in the Bay. The final scene on board a TWA Boeing 707 shows O'Neal looking out the righthand window showing the Marina District and the (now demolished) Embarcadero Freeway.
What's Up - References - Netflix