The Woman in Red (1984 film)
|The Woman in Red|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gene Wilder|
|Produced by||Victor Drai|
|Written by||Gene Wilder|
|Screenplay by||Yves Robert
|Based on||Pardon Mon Affaire (or An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive) by Yves Robert|
|Music by||John Morris
|Edited by||Christopher Greenbury|
|Distributed by||Orion Pictures|
|Box office||$25 million (USA)|
The Woman in Red is a 1984 American romantic comedy film directed by and starring Gene Wilder. Wilder also wrote the script, adapting it from the Yves Robert film Pardon Mon Affaire. It co-stars Charles Grodin, Gilda Radner, Joseph Bologna, Judith Ivey and Kelly Le Brock. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "I Just Called to Say I Love You", performed by Stevie Wonder.
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, blowing her skirt and showing her red satin bikini panties while she crosses a grate. Teddy is happily married to Didi, but he cannot 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 satin bed. He is thrilled until her airline pilot husband suddenly comes home. Trying to escape, Teddy ends up on a ledge, where passersby below believe he is about to commit suicide, all captured on live television. He jumps out the window and waits to be caught by the firemen. While falling, Teddy starts to become interested in a newswoman who smiles at him.
- Gene Wilder as Theodore Pierce
- Kelly Le Brock 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 Woman in Red was shot in the fall of 1983.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
The film gained publicity for Kelly Le Brock, 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."
- "AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-05.