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Paris When it Sizzles (1964)

William Holden , Audrey Hepburn , Richard Quine  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Grégoire Aslan, Raymond Bussières, Christian Duvaleix
  • Directors: Richard Quine
  • Writers: George Axelrod, Henri Jeanson, Julien Duvivier
  • Producers: Richard Quine, Carter De Haven Jr., George Axelrod, John R. Coonan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ALMI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,259 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Paris When it Sizzles" on IMDb

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Paris When It Sizzles is an unusual screwball comedy to say the least. Whether it works is another matter, but the premise and humor are interesting enough to make it enjoyable. The basic problem with the film is its two stars: William Holden and Audrey Hepburn hardly sizzle with onscreen chemistry, and Hepburn's character, Miss Simpson, falls far too easily into the hands of Holden's drunken screen writer. However, the story is an interesting play on the typical Hollywood romance, with two plotlines running in parallel to each other. Holden's Richard Benson has only two days to finish a script for an enigmatic producer (Noel Coward). Hepburn's Miss Simpson is drafted in as the typist and as the script is dictated it manifests itself on the screen, allowing the two lead characters to play out any number of romantic stories. It's the cameo appearances in the imaginary world that really steal the show, with the blink-and-you'll-miss-it last screen appearance by Marlene Dietrich, as well as Tony Curtis having fun with his own screen persona. Not one of Hepburn or Holden's best, but worth a look purely for the interesting slant on the mechanical nature of Hollywood's romances. --Nikki Disney

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Audrey Hepburn and William Holden sizzle, too, in this breezy romantic bon bon, as a screenwriter and his temp secretary act out film situations in his Paris apartment in an attempt to get over his writer's block. Co-stars Noel Coward, Gregoire Aslan, Raymond Bussieres, and uncredited cameos by Marlene Dietrich and Tony Curtis. 110 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, Frenc h Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
If you are French or of French ancestry, celebrating Bastille Day (July 14) outside of France, this is the film for you. Audrey Hepburn and William Holden are great in this stream-of- conciousness story of a writer and his typist creating an original script in just one weekend, about a plot that takes place, in Paris, all in one day-Bastille Day (July 14). Although some viewers, who are not willing to watch with an open mind, may find it hard to follow, those who watch with the proper perspective will thoroughly enjoy this spoof on the difficulties involved in the creative process. Watching Audrey Hepburn's and William Holden's characters distill their sudden ideas and sudden blocks into a cohesive and logical storyline are a joy to follow along with. Even though it can be a start-stop-start-stop train of thought, that's the real fun of this movie: watching the "story- within-the-story" evolve. You don't what to expect next, what parts of what you just watched will be deleted, will they move backward or forward? THAT'S the challenge and the FUN of this great, visionary (and for its time,experimental) film! Of course, the wonderful scenery, fashions, and production values are in keeping with what viewers would expect from an Audrey Hepburn comedy. Watch for Tony Curtis in a hilarious cameo role as Audrey Hepburn's beatnik boyfriend. Audrey's Gabrielle is equally hilarious trying to communicate with him in beatnik-speak, and winds up sounding like France's first (Loire)Valley Girl..."Oh, Maurice, I'm, LIKE, so happy for you..." Also watch for cameos by Marlene Dietrich, and others, including a voice-over cameo by Frank Sinatra, as imagined singing the would-be title song of the film being created, "The Girl Who Stole The Eiffel Tower. Read more ›
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK... So it may not be one of her best... November 30, 1998
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HOWEVER, Paris When It Sizzles is a fun light-hearted movie and a must see for every Audrey Hepburn fan.The premise is that Ms. Hepburn plays Gabriella, a typist from the Typist Bureau. Living in Paris, she is sent to a most magnificent hotel room where she encounters the very tan and handsome (and not to mention shirtless) William Holden, a playright with a bit of ADD. They set out together to finish the play he has been procrastinating by acting out the scenes and of course there are some romantic antics that follow.Of course, Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy provided our starlett with a deliciously gorgeous wardrobe (definitely with seeing).Overall, I would recommend Paris... because it is mindless and easy on the eyes. There are some fun cameos, such as from Marlene Dietrich, Mel Ferrer, Tony Curtis and the venerable Noel Coward as Alexander Meyerheim.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most romantic movie! November 11, 1999
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I bought this movie a week ago and have watched it about 12 times already. It's one of the most romantic movies I've ever seen! Which accounts for some of the bad reviews it's gotten -- by men. But men are notorious for not caring for romantic movies. Here's my assessment, ladies: Holden is a sun-tanned, shirtless, gorgeous specimen of manhood, with that damn sexy dimple that drives women wild! And Hepburn is the epitome of femininity, spirit, and charm. Their screen personas are not far from their own personalities. Holden plays a cynical, insecure screenwriter badly in need of a jolt of fresh inspiration, idealism, and joy for life -- all of which Hepburn's character exudes in spades! Which, of course, explains Holden's own attraction to Hepburn. After seeing this movie I bought 3 book biographies and 3 video biographies on Holden and Hepburn. This is a wonderful romantic comedy written by George Axelrod ("Breakfast At Tiffany's"). It's a gem!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stupid, but still has fun moments... September 12, 2004
There's so much to say. I saw this in 1964 when it was first released, and thought to myself that George Axelrod was having writer's block, so he wrote a movie about it. Richard Quine directed most of the bubbly comedies in the 60's (which are now justifiably forgotten), and this is almost one of them. There are many things, however, that make this film compelling to a film aficianado (as I like to think of myself). The acting is unforgivably hammy, but the hamminess is energetic. Let's not forget that Hepburn (Roman Holiday) and Holden (Stalag 13), both won the top acting Oscars in 1953, and they were paired the following year by the great Billy Wilder in "Sabrina". There, they had absolute chemistry; 10 years later...where'd it go? There are an awful lot of very clever one-liners. I liked most of them. Especially clever was when she was chased around the table by the vampire, and terrific product placement has a bottle of Heinz Steak Sauce visible. There are clever cameos from Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Tony Curtis and Frank Sinatra (vocal). Unfortunately, clever one-liners do not make a plot. There really isn't one. Still, it's some great actors having more fun than the viewer. Hepburn is quite radiant; Holden still has charm (mixed with smarm). There's also Fred Astaire singing "That Face", which I think is original for this film. Not a bad song. Referring to Audrey, the song is appropriate. She never looked so beautiful, even in "My Fair Lady", released the same year. I guess it's a pretty lousy film overall, though production values are high. The DVD has a nice 1.85:1 LBX, though Paramount had VistaVision, which was wider (20th Century Fox had Cinemascope, United Artists had Panavision, etc). Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars great stars
Enjoyed watching familiar great old actors William Holden and Audrey Hepburn but did not like the plot. Perhaps time has been changed. The story was not interesting.
Published 1 day ago by Hyunchoo Sora
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I just love Audrey Hepburn movies!! The movie Alex and Emma is based off of this movie. One of the greatest actresses of all time
Published 3 days ago by Laura
2.0 out of 5 stars First of her movies I didn't really enjoy
This is a film about making a film. Enough said? I was disappointed as I had never heard of this movie before and was looking forward to seeing it.
Published 3 days ago by negreenbee
1.0 out of 5 stars ridiculous
absolutely ridiculous. I think they might have followed their own story within a story plan. A jumbled mess. Read more
Published 4 days ago by cynthia fletcher
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough Sizzle
I didn't make it past the first 20 minutes. I didn't see much chemistry between Hepburn and Holden. Didn't care for his character at all. She was lovely and wonderful as usual. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Lorelei
1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Time.
The screenplay was so bad I couldn't watch the whole movie. The plot was ridiculous. What a waste of talent. It is ironic that the movie was about a screenwriter.
Published 15 days ago by eacollector1
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing Story Line
Although the movie has a good actor and actress, the story line is weak. It was as poorly written as the main character’s flawed life. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Bob's girl
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not enjoy watching it, in spite of Audrey Hepburn's charms.
The relationship seemed forced. Did not enjoy watching it, in spite of Audrey Hepburn's charms. Only made it through 10 minutes.
Published 20 days ago by Jon D. Randall
4.0 out of 5 stars A easy to watch Potboiler.
Audrey Hepburn is always a joy to watch, and William Holden too, but the story was rather flimsy, and relied entirely on the two stars.
Published 24 days ago by Mrs. Corinna Wildman
4.0 out of 5 stars Audrey & Bill
Cute story. Probably not the best written movie ever; very random, here and there. But it's still worth the watch if you love Audrey Hepburn movies. Chick Flick.
Published 26 days ago by Jude 24-25
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