The Woman in Red (1984 film)
|The Woman in Red|
Promotional film poster
|Directed by||Gene Wilder|
|Produced by||Victor Drai|
|Written by||Yves Robert (play)
Jean-Loup Dabadie (play)
|Music by||John Morris
|Distributed by||Orion Pictures|
|Box office||$25,308,147 (USA)|
San Francisco ad man Teddy Pierce is amused by, then obsessed with, a beautiful woman whose red dress goes whooshing over her head from a gust of wind, showing her red panties while she crosses a grate. Teddy is happily married to Didi, but he can't get this woman out of his mind.
Encouraged by his friends Buddy, Joe and Michael, he tries to ask her for a date but mistakenly phones Ms. Milner, a plain ad-agency employee who is flattered by his interest.
Teddy ultimately does become acquainted with the woman in red, a model named Charlotte, going horseback riding with her and even inviting her to a relative's party. He radically alters his wardrobe and begins using elaborate ruses to see Charlotte socially. Meanwhile, he incurs the wrath of Ms. Milner, whom he stands up.
Events come to a head in Charlotte's high-rise apartment, where she invites Teddy into her bed. He is thrilled until her airline pilot husband suddenly comes home. Teddy ends up on a ledge, where passersby below believe he is about to commit suicide, all captured on live TV.
A subplot concerns Teddy's friends, one of whom is gay (whose partner leaves him after he cheats on him with a younger man), another a philanderer (whose wife finally throws him out).
- Gene Wilder as Theodore Pierce
- Kelly LeBrock as Charlotte
- Gilda Radner as Ms. Milner
- Charles Grodin as Buddy
- Joseph Bologna as Joe
- Judith Ivey as Didi Pierce
- Michael Zorek as Shelly
- Michael Huddleston as Michael
- Arthur Bailey as Jocko
- Kyra Stempel as Missy Pierce
- Robin Ignico as Becky Pierce
- Viola Kates Stimpson as Mama Dell
The film is a remake of An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive also known as Pardon mon affaire, directed by Yves Robert, and written by Jean-Loup Dabadie and Yves Robert. It inspired other remakes of previously imported French films, including The Birdcage and Happy New Year.
The Woman in Red was shot in the fall of 1983.
The film gained publicity for Kelly LeBrock, a real-life model making her screen debut, particularly for the skirt-and-grate scene, a variation of Marilyn Monroe's iconic pose in The Seven Year Itch. During this film, Gene Wilder started a relationship with Gilda Radner, who had co-starred with him a few years earlier in Hanky Panky. Wilder and Radner married in 1984.
The Woman in Red received mixed to negative reviews from critics, as it holds a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews.
The soundtrack was composed by Stevie Wonder and features performances by Wonder and also Dionne Warwick. Wonder received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song "I Just Called to Say I Love You."
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