Forget Paris

Forget Paris

Cast: Billy Crystal, Debra Winger, Joe Mantegna, Cynthia Stevenson

     
 

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Actor Billy Crystal co-wrote, directed, and starred in this romantic comedy. Forty-something couple Andy (Joe Mantegna) and Liz (Cynthia Stevenson) are about to be married, and as they gather with their friends for dinner not long before the wedding, they are told the story of their mutual friends Mickey (Billy Crystal) and Ellen (Debra Winger) as a cautionary tale of

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Actor Billy Crystal co-wrote, directed, and starred in this romantic comedy. Forty-something couple Andy (Joe Mantegna) and Liz (Cynthia Stevenson) are about to be married, and as they gather with their friends for dinner not long before the wedding, they are told the story of their mutual friends Mickey (Billy Crystal) and Ellen (Debra Winger) as a cautionary tale of where a relationship can go wrong. Mickey is a top referee with the NBA who has traveled to Paris to bury his father, who wanted to be laid to rest with his Army buddies from World War II. The body is somehow lost in transit, and Mickey has an argument with Ellen, who works for an American airline in France. However, she likes his sense of humor, he is taken with her, and after a few days together in Paris, they decide to marry. However, once they return to Mickey's home in the United States, things get complicated; she's not so sure that she cares for his bachelor apartment ("a shrine to watching ESPN"), or juggling her career against his, while both have problems with their respective families. Several major basketball stars and sports figures appear in Forget Paris as themselves, including Charles Barkley, Bill Walton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Marv Albert.

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It's always interesting to see unfamiliar professions and their peculiar demands captured on film, and Billy Crystal taps into this keenly in Forget Paris, creating a curious audience for the behind-the-scenes life of an NBA referee. Some might consider the job the worst of both worlds: the horrible travel schedule of a professional athlete with none of the glory, and instead of glory, actual ill will from both players and fans who disagree with his calls. But the job and the cameos from real NBA players, which punched up the trailer, are mostly a surface gimmick, a way in for Crystal to explore the Woody Allen-like subject matter that truly interests him: the semi-functional relationships of aging New Yorkers, which get articulately talked out in a succession of alternately funny and heartbreaking scenes. It's not up to the standards of When Harry Met Sally..., but Crystal's directorial debut, which he also co-wrote, shows that he paid attention when he starred in wistful romantic comedies like this in the past. There are some zany scenes of pure comedy, but also a number that dwell on the sadness of falling in love under impractical circumstances. Anyone who has experienced an intense romantic interlude like the one Crystal and Debra Winger spend in Paris will sympathize, as the characters desperately try to forge a lasting relationship from a dizzy soup of memories.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/1998
UPC:
0053939250138
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Turner Home Ent

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Crystal Mickey Gordon
Debra Winger Ellen Andrews
Joe Mantegna Andy
Cynthia Stevenson Liz
Richard Masur Craig
Julie Kavner Lucy
William Hickey Arthur
Robert Costanzo Waiter
John Spencer Jack
Tom Wright Tommy
Cathy Moriarty Lois
Marv Albert Himself
Bill Walton Himself
Charles Barkley Himself
Kevin Johnson Himself
Patrick Ewing Himself
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Himself
Bill Laimbeer Himself
Isaiah D. Thomas Himself
Spud Webb Himself
Rush Limbaugh Rush Limbaugh
David Sanborn Himself
Bert Copello Airline Employee
Ron Ross Insolent Official
David St. James Airline Official
Gregory Paul Jackson Airline Official
Janette Caldwell Andy's DAte
Tim Halligan Doctor
E.E. Bell Angry Fan
Ken Johnson Angry Fan
Richard Haje Dangerous Man
Clint Howard Exterminator
Allan Kolman French Waiter
Andre Rosey Brown Huge Bodyguard
Liz Sheridan Woman in Car
Irving Wasserman Man in Car
Bernard Brown Basketball Player
Sam Crawford Basketball Player
Anthony C. Hall Basketball Player
Mike McGee Basketball Player
Nigel Miguel Basketball Player
Kevin Morris Basketball Player
Dawan Scott Basketball Player
Reggie Theus Basketball Player
Johnny Williams Lou
Richard Assad Suitcase Man
Jo Farkas Angry Fan
Judyann Elder Ivy
David Robinson Himself

Technical Credits
Billy Crystal Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Debbie Allen Choreography
Roy Barnes Set Decoration/Design
Kent Beyda Editor
Don Burgess Cinematographer
William Cruse Art Director
Pam Dixon Casting
Lowell Ganz Screenwriter
David Hallinan Asst. Director
Gregory King Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert La Bonge Camera Operator
Babaloo Mandel Screenwriter
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Peter Montagna Makeup
Judy Ruskin Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Schindler Executive Producer
Michael Seirton Set Decoration/Design
Marc Shaiman Score Composer,Songwriter
Kelly Van Horn Co-producer
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer

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