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Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

Paris - When It Sizzles (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 8 April 1964 (USA)
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The sprightly young assistant of a Hollywood screenwriter helps him over his writer's block by acting out his fantasies of possible plots.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Julien Duvivier (story "La fête à Henriette"), Henri Jeanson (story "La fête à Henriette") | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Richard Benson / Rick
Audrey Hepburn ... Gabrielle Simpson / Gaby
Grégoire Aslan ... Police Insp. Gilet
Raymond Bussières ... François - 1st Gangster
Christian Duvaleix Christian Duvaleix ... Maitre d'Hotel
Michel Thomass Michel Thomass ... (as Michel Thomas)
Dominique Boschero
Evi Marandi
Noël Coward ... Alexander Meyerheim (as Noel Coward)
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Storyline

Hollywood producer Alexander Meyerheimer has hired drunken writer Richard Benson to write his latest movie. Benson has been holed up in a Paris apartment supposedly working on the script for months, but instead has spent the time living it up. Benson now has just two days to the deadline and thus hires a temporary secretary, Gabrielle Simpson, to help him complete it in time. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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GO ABSOLUTELY APE IN PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

According to Audrey Hepburn's son Sean Hepburn Ferrer's memoir, this was her least favorite of the films she made during her years as a star, despite the fact that she called it "a joy to make". Ferrer wrote that it taught her a lesson: "Just because the film was easy to make doesn't mean it's going to be very good." See more »

Goofs

As Richard lays out the blank pages, he lays one on the chair by the stairs. It falls down onto the seat of the chair. However, in the wide shot, it is back on the back of the chair. See more »

Quotes

Richard: You call the canary Richelieu because you always wanted a cardinal.
Gabrielle: [laughs] That's very funny!
Richard: No, it isn't. Just one of the hazards of being an international wit, which I am. You have to keep trying all the time.
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Crazy Credits

Audrey Hepburn's perfume is credited to Hubert de Givenchy. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Inglourious Basterds (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

That Face
Music by Lew Spence
Lyrics by Alan Bergman
Performed by Fred Astaire (Courtesy of Ava Records)
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Silly and Naive, But Also Charming and Delightful
25 December 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Paris, the successful alcoholic forty-two years old screenplay writer Richard Benson (William Holden) has three days to write a script to his producer that has paid in advance. The typist Gabrielle Simpson (Audrey Hepburn) arrives to his hotel to type the screenplay. Along the three days, she helps him to develop the story and they fall in love for each other.

"Paris – When It Sizzles" is absolutely silly and naive, but also charming and delightful and only works because of the chemistry between the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn and the ironic William Holden. There are many jokes with the cinema, with many stories within the lead story, and the most hilarious scenes have the uncredited participation of Tony Curtis. Marlene Dietrich and Mel Ferrer have also uncredited participation. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Quando Paris Alucina" ("When Paris Gets Crazy")


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Language:

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Release Date:

8 April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Together in Paris See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,721
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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