April Fools

The April Fools

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Director: Stuart Rosenberg, Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve, Peter Lawford

Cast: Stuart Rosenberg, Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve, Peter Lawford

     
 

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Virtually the first third of The April Fools takes place at a trendy party held by sharkish executive Ted Gunther (Peter Lawford). It is here that Howard Brubaker (Jack Lemmon), one of Gunther's employees, makes the acquaintance of the boss' lovely young trophy wife Catherine (Catherine Deneuve). It happens that Brubaker is unhappily wed to Phyllis (Sally

Overview

Virtually the first third of The April Fools takes place at a trendy party held by sharkish executive Ted Gunther (Peter Lawford). It is here that Howard Brubaker (Jack Lemmon), one of Gunther's employees, makes the acquaintance of the boss' lovely young trophy wife Catherine (Catherine Deneuve). It happens that Brubaker is unhappily wed to Phyllis (Sally Kellerman, who gives an excellent performance in an essentially one-note role) and that Catherine is equally unhappy in her relationship with Gunther. The two lost souls run off together, planning to fly to Paris. There's approximately 25 minutes' worth of plot in The April Fools; much of the leftover time is eaten up by a protracted drunken-driving sequence involving suburban hubbies Lemmon, Jack Weston, Harvey Korman and Kenneth Mars, and by a lengthy episode featuring Charles Boyer and Myrna Loy as a robust, free-thinking elderly married couple. Some good dialogue, notably Lemmon's shaggy-dog story about goldfish and Chinese food, cannot hide the slightness of the piece. Still, a great many filmgoers were charmed by The April Fools.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Positively drenched in the 1960s, The April Fools is extraordinarily dated -- but this is a plus as well as a minus for viewers with an appetite for that decade. Those who delight in the styles, fads, and fashions of the day will find a great deal to enjoy here, especially during the lengthy party sequence that opens the film (and features an almost surreal '60s version of "I Say a Little Prayer for You") and the chicks-in-a-cage nightclub segment. The sense of era also permeates the script, meaning that there's some tasty dialogue mixed in with a great deal of vapid philosophizing, weak one-liners, and ineffective attempts to capture a genuine freedom of spirit. Catherine Deneuve looks gorgeous and has some affecting moments, but, overall, her performance is disappointingly hesitant and rather shallow. (By contrast, Sally Kellerman makes her clichéd part feel much fuller than it has any right to be.) Best of all is Jack Lemmon, delivering another of his deeply felt performances that is both touching and hilarious -- and, at times, chillingly sad. The supporting cast is top notch, and the title song is classic Bacharach and David. Stuart Rosenberg's direction is rather muddled, but Fools' biggest problem is the screenplay. Still, watching the movie as a time capsule rather than a film can be quite illuminating -- and fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2014
UPC:
0097368057340
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
12,692

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon Howard Brubaker
Catherine Deneuve Catherine Gunther
Peter Lawford Ted Gunther
Jack Weston Potter Shrader
Myrna Loy Grace Greenlaw
Charles Boyer Andre Greenlaw
Harvey Korman Benson
Melinda Dillon Leslie Hopkins
Kenneth Mars Don Hopkins,Les Hopkins
Janice Carroll Mimsy Shrader
David F. Doyle Walters
Gary Dubin Stanley Brubaker
Susan Barrett Party Singer
Dee Gardner Secretary
Tom Aheame Doorman
Sally Kellerman Phyllis Brubaker
Nancy Howard Connie Archer

Technical Credits
Stuart Rosenberg Director
Burt Bacharach Score Composer,Songwriter
Gordon Carroll Producer
Hal David Score Composer,Songwriter
Hal Dresner Original Story,Screenwriter
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer
Michel Hugo Cinematographer
Larry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Robert Luthardt Art Director
Hank Moonjean Asst. Director
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Bob Wyman Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The April Fools
1. Chapter 1 [7:58]
2. Chapter 2 [9:06]
3. Chapter 3 [8:38]
4. Chapter 4 [7:26]
5. Chapter 5 [10:44]
6. Chapter 6 [4:18]
7. Chapter 7 [11:24]
8. Chapter 8 [8:27]
9. Chapter 9 [7:35]
10. Chapter 10 [6:53]
11. Chapter 11 [11:37]
12. Chapter 12 [:44]

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