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Plunge into a world of high-flying adventure, pulse-pounding excitement – and outright hilarity– in this captivating comedy-thriller starring Doris Day and Richard Harris. Featuring breathtaking stunts, tantalizing romance and exotic locales from the Swiss Alps to the shores of Southern California, this ingenious spy spoof is a gorgeous "kaleidoscope of international intrigue" (The Hollywood Reporter)!

Industrial spy Patricia Fowler (Day) is hot on the trail of a secret formula with the power to change the world...by keeping ladies' hair dry in the water! So important is this miracle hair spray that cosmetics operatives everywhere have mobilized to find it. But when Patricia crosses paths with sexy spy Christopher White (Harris), she discovers something much more sinister behind her quest...a plot that could cause bad-hair days the world over!


Special Features

  • Commentary by authors Pierre Patrick and John Cork
  • "The Caprice Look: A Conversation with Costume Designer Ray Aghayan" featurette
  • "Double-O Doris" featurette
  • "Doris and Marty" featurette
  • Doris Day radio interviews
  • Richard Harris radio interviews
  • Restoration Comparison
  • Photo gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Doris Day, Richard Harris, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, Edward Mulhare
  • Directors: Frank Tashlin
  • Writers: Frank Tashlin, Bob Kane, Jay Jayson, Martin Hale
  • Producers: Aaron Rosenberg, Barney Rosenzweig, Martin Melcher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJSJP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,859 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Caprice" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Doris Day makes any movie fun to watch.
Diane Casteel
They were nearly at the point of scrapping the film because it was costing so much money while Doris Recouperated.
Jeepster01
You can't miss with the old movies -- my 6-year old granddaughter and I love to watch them over and over.
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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Michael McKenna on February 2, 2007
Format: DVD
"Caprice" was one of the films which first introduced me to the truly exceptional and unique magic of Doris Day. When I first saw it, I completely fell under her spell of beauty and talent - a talent for both comedy and drama which was so disarmingly genuine and effective that it simply communicated in a direct line, consistently hitting a bullseye either to my funnybone or to my heartstrings.

Everyone has the perfect right to be critical of a film - indeed, every film you see cannot - and will not - wind up among your favorites. However, in the case of "Caprice" - a film which HAS always been a favorite of mine (entirely because of Doris' sexy, funny and dramatically real performance) - it was particularly disheartening to constantly find so many negative references made to it over the years. The majority of the reviews were not favorable to the film when it was first released in 1967 ("...a long Day's journey into naught.") and in one book written about Doris' films, words and phrases like "abomination", "unattractive", and "a disaster" were used. Perhaps the ultimate blow to the film came from Doris herself, when she singled out "Caprice" (in her book "Doris Day - Her Own Story") as a film she disliked, and was forced to make only because her husband-manager, Marty Melcher, had signed her to do it without her knowledge. In spite of her indifference to the project, Doris -as usual - gave her "all" to the film, providing "Caprice" with a thoroughly professional and effective performance in both the suspenseful and comedic sequences. Ms. Day always knew the true secret of how to play comedy in the most effective way - that is, to play it as seriously and truthfully as possible!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jeepster01 on December 12, 2006
Format: DVD
One thing you will notice with this very lush production is just that. IT's LUSH! Alot of money went into producing this film and it shows. Doris' favorite cinematographer, Leon Shamroy (Dr. Zivago, Glass Bottom Boat, etc) really did a great number on this film. Doris Day is one of a handfull of true film stars that did justice to the MOD look. Ray Aguyahan (sp?) did the costumes as he did for Doris' Do Not Disturb and Glass Bottom Boat. They are awesome.

Just as a tidbit of info, Cher, not the singer actess, ownes many of Doris' costumes from Do Not Disturb such as the orange sequence gown, and some from Caprice. Debbie Reynolds owns many too. She owns the mermaid outfit from Glass Bottom Boat and hopefully they will display it in her new museum in Branson, MO when it gets going.

Another bit of info is that Caprice is Doris Day's last commercial recording. It was released in 1967 as a Columbia single and was backed with a nice song by Johnny Mercer called "Sorry". These are avail on different collection CD's. I guess Doris thought that her style of singing was over and she just didn't want to do it anymore. Her son, Terry Melcher said that "When she thought she was just one inch past her prime, she quit." But she wasn't past her prime, that's for sure. He tried to get her into a recording studio many times, finally succeding in 1985-6 for her "Animals Are My Best Friends" series on CBN. WOW, what a voice!

In 1967, my uncle who was an actor, took me to Twentieth Century Fox where I was able to tour the Caprice sets. They were all shut down because Doris had a pinched nerve in her back and was in the hospital in traction. The sets were somewhat dark, but sure was fun to sit on that swinging bed for a moment or two.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Chris on February 3, 2006
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Doris Day plays a swinging, mod-attired agent of espionage (yes, that's Doris Day) in this caper comedy directed by Frank Tashlin. Patricia Fowler (Day) is an industrial spy who is hired to work undercover at a cosmetics company. While posing as a low-level employee, she is to get the goods on a new formual they intend to market. However, it turns out that makeup isn't all this firm has to sell; they're also involved in an international drug smuggling ring, and she finds herself doing battle with other agents willing to kill to insure the flow of narcotics is unabated. Her adventures cause her to cross paths with Christopher White (Richard Harris), a fellow agent with whom Patricia is soon romantically involved, and together the couple locate the secret lab of cosmetics tycoon and evil genius Stuart Clancy (Ray Walston).

This is not one of Doris's best films. But truly a must see for diehard Doris Fans. Full of mystery, intrigue and espionage.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Penn on December 21, 2006
Format: DVD
Since I have no chance to re-edit "Caprice," I have decided to just praise Doris Day for being an excellent actress adept in drama, but especially in musicals and comedy.

I did not like several scenes in "Caprice" and I blame that on the director, Frank Tashlin, whom I feel had a tendency to go "overboard," pushing the envelope to the max. I felt he "misused" Miss Day, who, at the time, had been the top female boxoffice star since 1959. If the potato chip eating scene was omitted or changed, the dusting powder commerical and the silliness of Day's repremand by Sir Jason about stealing an underarm deordorant's formula (with Day dropping her head in shame), were omitted, this would rank among Day's best film comedies.

I loved the work she did with Edward Mulhare aboard the plane and in his "house of art." Her scene with character actress Lilia Skalia in her chemical laboratory was well-played by both actresses. Doris had three important scenes with Ray Walston. I epecially enjoyed his cosmetics demonstration with Day giving incredible reactions to his manical behavior and the scene where he confronted her in drag and attempted to kill her.

Day worked well with Richard Harris, who had just the right amount of English arrogance as the counter spy. He has said that he did not particularly like "Caprice," but had nothing but praise for Doris Day as an actress. He said, "I learned more about comedy from Doris Day than I could have in 10 years at the Royal Academy." Jack Lemmon would agree.

Regardless of the picture's shortcomings, it is still enjoyable because one of the great movie stars (Doris Day) is in this film. She was given excellent support by a group of truely professional actors, had a fun wardrobe and a marvelous cinematographer, Leon Shamroy.
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