And God Created Woman (1988 film)

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And God Created Woman
And God created woman.jpg
Promotional poster for the film
Directed by Roger Vadim
Produced by Mitchell Cannold
Steven Reuther
Ruth Vitale
Written by R. J. Stewart
Starring Rebecca De Mornay
Vincent Spano
Frank Langella
Donovan Leitch, Jr.
Music by Thomas Chase
Steve Rucker
Cinematography Stephen M. Katz
Edited by Suzanne Pettit
Distributed by Vestron Pictures
Release dates
January 1, 1988 (1988-01-01)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million[1]
Box office $717,376 (USA)

And God Created Woman is a 1988 film directed by Roger Vadim and starring Rebecca De Mornay and Vincent Spano. It has the same title as the 1956 French film Et Dieu… créa la femme (And God created woman) starring Brigitte Bardot, also directed by Vadim, but has a completely different story.

Plot[edit]

Robin Shea (Rebecca De Mornay) is a convict in a New Mexico prison. She manages to escape, but mistakenly hitches a ride in the limo of James Tiernan (Frank Langella), a politician who was visiting the prison as part of his campaign for governor. He returns her to the prison in secret. While changing back into prison clothes, Robin meets Billy Moran (Vincent Spano) a carpenter and handyman who is doing work in the compound under supervision that is supposed to keep him isolated from the female inmates. Billy helps Robin temporarily hide from the guards, and they have sex.

Robin learns who James Tiernan is from a political ad on television where he talks about his strong stance on prison issues. She manages to call him at his campaign headquarters, asking for help on her upcoming parole hearing. James gives her advice, one suggestion of which is that she get married. Robin approaches Billy, offering him five thousand dollars to marry her for a year so she can get out of prison. Billy accepts, they are married and Robin is released not long after.

Robin moves in with Billy, who also lives with his brother Peter (Donovan Leitch) and Billy's son Timmy (Jamie McEnnan). Initially there is a clash of personalities due to the contrast between Billy's serious demeanor and Robin's wild-child nature. Billy is interested in having a real relationship with Robin, who instead insists that it's just an arrangement, and that she wants to focus on her musical career. Robin starts up a band, which Peter joins, and also meets up again with James, who uses Robin as a poster child for successful prison reform on his campaign.

Robin spends more time with the family, getting close to Peter and Timmy, which upsets Billy. Robin suggests they see other people, which Billy accepts. Billy has sex with another woman, while Robin has sex with James, who is married. Afterward the pair confront each other jealously over their being with other people.

The next morning Robin reconciles with Billy, helping him out when his jeep breaks down and spending time with him at work restoring an old museum. They have sex in Billy's workshop, and are interrupted by a group of tourists, who take pictures of the pair. At first Robin's public indencency is hushed up due to her status as James' poster child, but when James sees the pictures he is jealous, and orders that Robin's parole be revoked. The police come for Robin when she is performing with her band at a bar. Robin flees to James' house for help, but he turns her away. Robin goes back to Billy's house, where he has packed up her things and prepared money for her. Billy promises to help her no matter what she wants to do, and Robin decides she's tired of running.

Billy and Robin secretly crash James' political dinner. Robin takes to the stage with her band, praising James' assistance in "helping" her. Her passionate performance earns them a standing ovation, which in turn helps James' image. James agrees to help Robin, and she no longer has to go back to prison. Robin and Billy return home together, happily married.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Vadim announced his plan to make a new version of And God Created Woman in 1983 along with producers George Braunstein and Ron Hamady. Vadim:

Friends suggested that I remake the film. I was curious to see how Juliette (the main character in the 1956 film) would have changed and not changed in 1983. In 1956, Frenchwomen were presenting the image of a new, modern kind of female. Today, the newest prototypes are coming from America. The other reason for remaking 'And God Created Woman' is because the story itself is good. The basic situation involves a young woman whose amoral escapades make her an outsider, the pink wold in the herd. The 1950s, with its restrictive morality, was the perfect time to make the film. In the 1980s we are back in a similar era and will have the girl confronted by the Moral Majority, which is still a good proportion of this country.[2]

Vadim announced he and producers would undertake a nationwide talent quest to discover a 19-20 year old to star.[2]

RJ Stewart was reported as writing on a script with Diane Lane mentioned as a leading contender for the star role.[3]

Vadim selected Rebecca De Mornay to play the lead. "He wasn't the kind of man I expected to meet," recalled the actor. "I found him very funny and warm. He makes me feel secure and I feel like I can trust him not to turn this into an exploitation film."[4]

Rebecca De Mornay had seen the original movie when she was younger. She said during filming that:

In some ways I'm sorry they're even using the same title. Our story has nothing to do with the first film.It's entirely different. This is an American love story set in New Mexico. But of course it was on the strength of the title that Vadim was able to promote interest in the project.[4]

Roger Vadim stated during filming:

What is important for me here is once again to tell the story of a sexy, funny and somewhat outrageous young woman within a social context. That's why, even though practically everything about the original has been changed and I don't consider this in any sense a remake, I feel justified in using the title... Santa Fe in the 80s is not Saint Tropez in the 50s, except perhaps in the sense that there is no gap between the classes. Rich people, artists, blue collar and Indian - different parts of the society mix together, which was true of St Tropez before it became the circus it is now. And, more important, in the last 30 years women have won many freedoms - social freedom, professional freedom, sexual freedom. Robin, the girl in the film, claims all these freedoms - in a way that's cerebral, she's aware of her personality, while Bardot behaved totally instinctively.[1]

Production took place in New Mexico.

Reception[edit]

The movie received poor reviews.[5][6]

According to critic Roger Ebert, the two films shared little except a title and a director.[7]

De Mornay was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award as Worst Actress, where she lost to Liza Minnelli for both Arthur 2: On the Rocks and Rent-a-Cop.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AND VADIM CREATES: ANOTHER WOMAN Chase, Donald. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 17 May 1987: L1.
  2. ^ a b VADIM'S 'WOMAN' II--AS AN AMERICAN: FILM CLIPS Caulfield, Deborah. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 22 July 1983: j1.
  3. ^ ROGER VADIM: A REMOTE SIGNAL FROM BRANDO: RAFFIN MAY PLAY MADAM Mann, Roderick. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 08 June 1985: d1.
  4. ^ a b AND VADIM CREATED DE MORNAY: DE MORNAY Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 13 Dec 1986: J1.
  5. ^ Maslin, Janet (1988-03-04). "Movie Review - And God Created Woman - Film: 'And God Created Woman' - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  6. ^ SHEILA BENSON (2010-07-25). "MOVIE REVIEW : Remake of 'And God Created Woman' Is No Improvement - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  7. ^ "And God Created Woman :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 

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