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Paris - When It Sizzles (1964)

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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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Cast

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

6 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

2 July 1964 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Paris When It Sizzles See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Curtis agreed to a guest role in the film as a favor to George Axelrod, because William Holden was forced to enter an alcoholic clinic in the middle of filming. 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: And this guy you've got a date with on Bastille Day, is he part of the growth process?
Gabrielle: Oh no, he's just a friend, a struggling young actor.
Richard: [outraged] An actor!
[disgusted]
Richard: Eww. A tragic relation to begin with. I only hope he's not one of those method actors that who scratches and mumbles and pauses a lot, thereby destroying the impeccable rhythm of the author's prose.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Virage de modes (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower
Music by Nelson Riddle
Lyrics by Richard Quine
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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2 July 2003 | by cowgirllSee all my reviews

I wish that I could remember the very first time I ever tasted chocolate, or felt a cool breeze, or laughed at a funny joke. I can't, sadly, but if I had to wager, I'd bet that any of those three events felt very similar to my first watching of "Paris.. When It Sizzles." Watching this movie feels like falling in love; sweet and joyful and slightly decadent all at once. It's often given a bad rap, and I can't for the life of me understand why. It's a beautiful, lighthearted romantic comedy, and the chemistry between the incomparable Audrey Hepburn and William Holden is undeniable. I'll admit, "Paris.." is no "Sabrina," another (dare I say perfect) Hepburn/Holden film, but I still feel it deserves a nod as a true classic and as a highlight of the careers of both of its stars. Tony Curtis's cameo is pure comedy, delightful as they come. Make your own decision and see this one for yourself, especially if you are an Audrey fanatic like I am. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.


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