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Love in the Afternoon [VHS] (1957)

Gary Cooper , Audrey Hepburn , Billy Wilder  |  G |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, John McGiver, Van Doude
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Writers: Billy Wilder, Claude Anet, I.A.L. Diamond
  • Producers: Billy Wilder, Doane Harrison, Lee Katz, William Schorr
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790741121
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Romantic Drama

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilder's Parisian souffle July 18, 2004
With two of Hollywood's most glamorous stars, and (despite the silly plot) a sharp and witty script, this film is an evergreen, and one I never tire of watching.
Audrey Hepburn is enchanting as the spunky "Thin Girl", a cello student who falls in love with a millionaire playboy bachelor, played with grace and charm (and quite a bit of humor) by Gary Cooper. Hepburn was 28 at the time, and looked younger, Cooper was 56, and looked perhaps older, but despite the age difference, their chemistry together sparkles and sizzles.
The romantic cat and mouse game played by Hepburn to intrigue and win Cooper's heart is all very innocent and sweet, and I always shed a few tears at the magical ending.
Maurice Chevalier as Hepburn's father, a private detective specializing in matters of love and deception is fabulous, and gets most of the funny lines, and John McGiver, as one of Chevalier's jealous husband clients, is also very amusing.
The b & w cinematography by William Mellor is exceptional, and how the camera loves Audrey, looking exquisite in an array of beautiful gowns. There is also a quartet called "The Gypsies", who serenade the lovers throughout the film with some terrific czardas, and the melodic song "Fascination".
Light, frothy, and thoroughly enjoyable, this is one of Billy Wilder's most delightful films, and it's a treasure for Hepburn and Cooper fans.
Total running time is 130 minutes.
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85 of 93 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gary Cooper too old? Blasphemy! November 6, 2002
The common criticism of this delightful film is that Gary Cooper, one of the icons of Hollywood, was "too old" to play the lead against the youthful Audrey Hepburn. This is, quite frankly, ludicrous and almost laughable. Though Coop was 56 when the movie was filmed, he was still incredibly handsome, well-preserved, thin and as sexy as he had been in his prime. There isn't a single moment where the viewer would doubt that this man wasn't utterly believable in the role or womanizer and seducer extraodinaire. Audrey Hepburn would have been a fool to turn her nose up at this choice male animal, even if he was 30 years her senior.
Coop and Hepburn's scenes together are all marvelous, especially the famous film-ending train scene, this one still makes one's toes curl, even after 20+ viewings over the years. Maurice Chevalier is also charming in his role as Audrey's father. The music, script and stellar direction by Billy Wilder make this an essential movie to watch, to own, and to treasure.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Turner Classic Movies' classic movie series continues with this two-disc set showcasing four beloved films with romantic themes. Intriguingly, while two movies have the requisite happy ending, the other two close with former lovers resigned to the wisdom gained from relationships that could not endure. All four have been presented in pristine print condition.

Splendor in the Grass (****1/2): Director Elia Kazan was able to extract a searing performance from Natalie Wood in this classic 1961 melodrama about youthful sexual repression in rural 1920's Kansas. She has never been more affecting then she is here as Deanie Loomis, the local butcher's daughter deeply in love with Bud Stamper, the son of an oil scion and the high school football hero. They are the senior sweethearts everyone expects to marry, but both have to battle constantly with their sexual longing and their grasping parents.

While the whole film is beautifully executed thanks to Kazan's sure hand and William Inge's screenplay (his first directly for the screen), it's the last fifteen minutes that really resonate with the characters expressing their emotions with a minimum of dialogue. At her most youthfully beautiful, Wood is wondrous as she moves fluidly from innocently infatuated to obsessive to resigned. As the none-too-bright Bud, Warren Beatty is charismatic in his film debut and makes Deanie's powerful fixation completely understandable. The classic Wordsworth poem from which the film's title is derived makes a fitting coda for this movie, and I still feel the intractable sense of longing in the two lead characters every time I see this movie.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascination is in the air! November 18, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I loved this movie lots! Despite the difference of age between Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper I think they made a real cute couple. Audrey is perfect, how can you not love her? Of all her films, this is one of my favorites, it's funny and yet very romantic. And Maurice Chevalier is great as Audrey's beloved father. So, if you're a Audrey Hepburn fan and also a hopeless romantic -I'd rather say hopeful, though -, you'll love this movie. Let's put it this way: if you don't have it, buy it now! You won't regret it!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Audrey Hepburn fan July 9, 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Billy Wilder have done it again. This romantic comedy is so enchanting and playful that no one could ever leave their seats until the movie finishes. The long-time partnership of Billy Wilder and Audrey Hepburn has always been magnificent. Billy knows what kind of movie Audrey would fit in. Still young enough to play the youthful Arianne, Love in the Afternoon is set in the enchacting city of Paris, where romance is found everywhere as Maurice Chevalier narates in the beginning of the film. This is one movie that is impossible to remake without the cinematic charisma of the two lead actors, Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper, and the directorial genius of Billy Wilder. They are simply irreplaceable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love in the Afternoon is a romantic story and I enjoyed it thoroughly
Audrey Hepburn is a special person. The movie was romantic and I enjoyed seeing Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn together, it made a great movie.
Published 14 days ago by janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Cooper Ingenue Hepburn
Very romantic, funny comedy for people who love love. Cooper's debauching ways merely titillate Hepburn and he becomes her first and only love.
Published 1 month ago by william deutsch
4.0 out of 5 stars Gary Cooper is too old for part but Audrey Hepburn is so delightful,...
This is a sweet and risque all at the same time. Wish Gary Cooper had been younger. That is the only thing negative about it. A must see if you like Audrey Hepburn. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Hoover
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Good movie. My fiancee and I are into older movies and this fit the bill. Gary Cooper is a bit old for Audrey Hepburn in this movie it seems, but all in all a good movie to watch
Published 1 month ago by Aaron Croad
2.0 out of 5 stars Korean version
The item received has Korean language blurb, actor names, etc. on the cover. When playing the movie, it defaults to Korean subtitles and is very difficult to change to none. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susan Gilley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love in the afternoon
Great sweet movie. Audrey Hepburn ,Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier gave a wonderful performance. Highly recommend this movie to everyone.
Published 3 months ago by linda g. bustos
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite
Its one of my favorite old movies. It's great to be able to download it inexpensively any time I want to watch it.
Published 5 months ago by PWD Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great romance
It's a wonderful movie! Splendid! The story line
is excellent. I love the actors, too. This is my kind
of movie.
Bonnie Bronson
Published 5 months ago by Bonnie Bronson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This is great! All four movies are classics worth adding to your collection. If you know these movies or even if you haven't seen any of them it will be easy for you to figure out... Read more
Published 5 months ago by bart
4.0 out of 5 stars Audrey Hepburn, great as usual; Gary Cooper miscast
I gave this movie 4 stars only because I can't bring myself to give an Audrey Hepburn a poor or even mediocre interview. Audrey Hepburn is good and as captivating as ever. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Watson
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