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The cast is terrific: The late Valerie Quennessen is completely enchanting as Toni, a young French woman who falls in love with bookish American student Joel (Miles Chapin). There's also Blanche Baker, hilarious as she travels through Europe checking out the graves of famous authors. The DVD packaging makes a big deal out of Debra Winger being in the cast, but she barely gets any screen time.
The movie is delightful, but as for the DVD? Well, although the box doesn't state it, the music has been changed from the original release. Part of the movie's charm (and a comic comment on the scenes) was the use of French-language versions of American pop songs, including "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Do You Believe in Magic." Those have all been excised, replaced by generic-sounding French songs. There were some well-known English-language recordings in here, too: The Kinks' "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman" and Nicolette Larson's "Lotta Love" were both prominently featured. Now, the Kinks' song has been replaced with an anoynmous dance tune; the Larson song has been replaced by...silence.
Perhaps the weirdest move of all involves a play the students put on. During the course of the production, Baker leads the students in singing Cole Porter's "You Don't Know Paree." However, the sequence in which Baker performs a solo has been completely removed.Read more ›
I bought the VHS, & it's still fun. However, there is a LOT missing: several musical items ["Do You Believe in Magic" - in French, in the opening scene on the bus; "Lotta Love", as noted in another review; "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" - in the scene with Mme. Tessier dancing w/ Alex at the end-of-year party] and several changed scenes.
The movie would be better "restored" & without deletions. I read somewhere that there were rights issues on some of the songs, and that some of the actors were not eager for this film to be released on video. The movie is remarkable for the pre-fame appearances of some actors and actreesses, as others have mentioned.
Buy the video, but if you somehow get a chance to see the actual film, I think you'll like the film better.
This movie just plain touched me. It involved just about everything that I had WISHED I could have done with my life back when I was younger, but never did. The bacground of Paris is so beautiful, and the adventures so much fun. One scene in particular that gave me a chuckle, was when Joel was staying at home with the old French lady and watching Star Trek - dubbed in FRENCH LOL! Reminded me of a story my brother told me about when he was stationed in Germany - how he was watching Casablanca, dubbed in German. He told me how the dubbed voice for Bogart was some high pitched squeky guy LOL.
But if you want a fun and enjoyable movie, with some truly unforgettable characters in it, do see this movie!!!!!!!! And if like me, you get blown away by the beauty of Valerie Quennessen, then your next stop would be Summer Lovers.
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To me this is a movie about every young mans dream of meeting a beautiful older woman, but more importantly it's about looking for love in a far away/ exotic place. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Russell Hashimoto
A small movie about a few kids studying in Paris. At the institute where I went to school!!!! They were filming it when i visited so it has nice memories for me.Published 21 months ago by Alexandra Bernstein
A good human comedy. The only fault with the DVD is the original music track has been replaced. It was integral to the story and therefore diminishes the impact.Published on January 30, 2014 by Philip C. Yates
This is one of my favorite light comedies of the 1970s and it pains me to give a five-star film a mere three. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by Alan Brennert
I would not of bought this if I'd seen it before. Case, disc etc are good. It's the video quality transfer or what ever method used to master it was bad.Published on July 24, 2013 by Dave Oliver
but exactly as I knew it was. I saw this movie on TV a bizillion years ago, thought it was funny. I admit to excitement when I saw it available on DVD. Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by Dave H