The Woman in Red

Overview

Gene Wilder's remake of this 1976 French comedy is a Hollywood version of what happens when Theodore Wilder, an ordinary ad agency executive, is captivated by a gorgeous woman Kelly Le Brock. The woman just happens to be standing on a grate when her skirt blows up over her waist a scene first made famous by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven-Year Itch, and one glimpse is enough to change Theodore's whole life. Although he is married, he is willing to risk his happy relationship with his wife for a romp in the hay with ...
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Overview

Gene Wilder's remake of this 1976 French comedy is a Hollywood version of what happens when Theodore Wilder, an ordinary ad agency executive, is captivated by a gorgeous woman Kelly Le Brock. The woman just happens to be standing on a grate when her skirt blows up over her waist a scene first made famous by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven-Year Itch, and one glimpse is enough to change Theodore's whole life. Although he is married, he is willing to risk his happy relationship with his wife for a romp in the hay with the beautiful stranger. Unfortunately, even when he tracks down the object of his lust he is woefully inept at sneaking out on his wife to consummate his desire. Three of his male office mates help him as much as they can, but Ms. Milner Gilda Radner is really incensed when she finds out that the object of Theodore's attention is not herself. Stevie Wonder's score included his hit song "I Just Called to Say I Love You," which received an Oscar nomination.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Gene Wilder wrote, directed and starred in this lightweight but breezy and satisfying sex farce, a loose remake of Yves Robert's Pardon Mon Affaire. It's essentially an '80s update of 10, or if you prefer, The Seven Year Itch, with a married ad executive (Wilder) chasing a svelte model (Kelly Le Brock) and attempting to woo her into bed. One wishes that the denouement were braver - like the Blake Edwards and Billy Wilder films, it peters out in favor of a soft, audience-pleasing resolution that seems to deny the material's darker impulses; and at barely feature length, the picture needs to be longer and more substantive than it is. But there are great pleasures to be had here, including several hilarious set-ups, relatable situations, and first-rate comedic performances from Wilder, LeBrock, and a supporting cast that includes Joe Bologna, Charles Grodin, and Michael Huddleston as Wilder's male buddies. Gilda Radner also does extraordinary work, as a secretary who gets accidentally snubbed and goes on the warpath. Amid the laughs, Wilder interpolates an interesting non-comedic subplot, involving one character's implicit gay relationship with a young lover, that adds some texture and dimension to what could have otherwise been a more routine farce. Though not a perfect film, The Woman in Red is quite enjoyable, and miles ahead of Wilder's work in Haunted Honeymoon, The World's Greatest Lover, and the abominable Sunday Lovers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/7/2003
  • UPC: 883904127529
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,473

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Wilder Theodore Pierce
Charles Grodin Buddy
Joseph Bologna Joe
Judith Ivey Didi
Michael Huddleston Michael
Kelly LeBrock Charlotte
Gilda Radner Ms. Milner
Kyle Heffner Richard
Michael Zorek Shelly
Barbara Andrews Eileen
Bob Balhat-Chet
Billy Beck Bartender
Tammy Brewer Stewardess
James Cavan Fisherman
Deborah Dalton Girl at Club
Freddie Dawson Club Attendant
Sheldon Feldner Firechief
Larry Gilman Frank
Julann Griffin Miss Griffin
Ernest Harada Doorman
James Higgins Salesman
Robin Ingnico Becky
George Johnson Policeman
Milt [Lewis] Kogan Traffic Boss
Robert Krantz Club Attendant
Steve Kravitz Companion
Elissa Leeds Girl at Club
Deborah May Hostess
John McKinney Buddy's Friend
Stevie Myers Warngler
Elizabeth Norment Hair Stylist
Maureen O'Connor Waitress
Monica Parker Corrine
Buddy Silberman Gilbert
Kyra Stemple Missy
Viola Kates Stimpson Mama Dell
Annie Waterman Woman
Danny Wells Waiter
Noni White Stewardess
Technical Credits
Gene Wilder Director, Screenwriter
Peg Cummings Set Decoration/Design
Victor Drai Producer
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Xavier Gélin Associate Producer
Christopher Greenbury Editor
Michael Grillo Asst. Director
Thomas Huff Stunts
John Morris Score Composer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Larry Rapaport Set Decoration/Design
Susan Ruskin Associate Producer
Jack Frost Sanders Executive Producer
Fred Schuler Cinematographer
David Snyder Production Designer
Stevie Wonder Score Composer
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