Writing Inspirations – the movies, part 1

Why I love Cactus Flower….
( 1969, screenplay by I.A.L. Diamond, adapted from the stage play by Abe Burrows. 
Starring: Goldie Hawn, Ingrin Burgman & Walter Matthau)

Because of clever dialogue like this……..
“Hey, in there!” (Banging on the door)  “Is something wrong? Hey, I smell gas!”


“I’m not Julian. Wake up.”

“Julian……kiss me…..”

“Sorry, Julian, whoever you are.”

“What are you doing?”

“Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.”

“You were kissing me.”

“I lost my head.”

“How did you get in here? I don’t remember–“

“You left the gas on.”

“Gas? Oh…..I’m alive? I blew it! I blew it! Oh, boy, I really blew it!

“Take it easy. You’re lucky I broke in.”

“Why did you?”

“I thought you were dying.”

“Well, that was the whole idea.”
“Okay, lady, that’s the last time you catch me saving your life…..and as it happens, you were going about it all wrong. I believe you’re supposed to put your head in the stove.”
“It’s a second-hand stove–there were no directions.”

“Why did you do it? Because of Julian?”

“How do you know about Julian?”

“You called me that while you were kissing me.”

I wasn’t kissing you, you were kissing me. And by the way…..is that all you did?”

“There wasn’t much time.”

“I’m sorry. I guess I should be grateful. What’s your name?”

“Igor Sullivan.”
“Igor Sullivan. That’s wild.”
“I made it up.”
“How come you picked Igor?”
“Igor’s my own. I made up the Sullivan. It’s a good name for a writer.”
“You’re a writer? You’re the writer! The one who keeps pounding on his typewriter all night. You drive me crazy!”
“Why didn’t you complain? I could’ve met you earlier.”

One thought on “Writing Inspirations – the movies, part 1

  1. Anonymous says:

    You've got great taste in movies, who could go wrong with Newman's Long Hot Summer or that great romp, Cactus Flower. Keep up the good work. M

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