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Served up sizzling cold
- el debbo
The blue plate special. What a disappointment. I adore Bill Holden and hated to see him looking so under-the-weather. Adore Audrey, too, but somebody should've thrown her a cracker. She's beyond skinny in this.Past the superficial, it has a lousy plot (was there one?) and it's as unfunny as they get. What a waste!
PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES
- Annie H.
I really don't care what anybody says, I liked it. Audrey Hepburn and Bill Holden (who, by the way, was still in love with her (they had an affair while filming Sabrina) and it still shows in this movie!). He has said later that he was petrified to face Audrey again and keep his drinking under control. He couldn't do it - they sent him off for a week to dry out and got Tony Curtis to play 2nd policeman and Audrey's boyfriend so they could fill the time while Bill was away. It was really a pity that Bill Holden was an alcoholic and that got him at the end. He was only 63 years old when he died.
bought the video for 50 cents
this is a 50-year-old movie and all its actors must long since be dead. you can't say it's a pleasure seeing them here, while they were still alive, because they weren't. the movie is dead on its feet, but it's easy to see how it COULD have been really quite funny, and maybe the French original was, or they wouldn't have attempted to make a copy of it. but they just didn't have what it took. was it only that they lacked cary grant? did they need a billy wilder? were they hypnotised by the name noel coward? did they think hepburn had sex appeal? well. SOME LIKE IT HOT, and some just never even get warm
...when it fizzles
What a stinker. Neither the screenwriter plot nor the film-within-a-film features remotely believable or interesting characters. The only good jokes come in the first 20 minutes, and after that it's a tedious exercise.
Very enjoyable romantic comedy
- Pat Turman
Did anybody else feel that this movie was very similar to "Adaptation" starring Nicholas Cage? Both have to do with a writer struggling to write a screenplay. And in both, the story they are writing morphs into the movie we are watching. They're so similar, I wonder if Charlie Kauffman got the idea for "Adaptation" from this. Movie buffs
Astaire, Holden, Hepburn, Quine
- David Atkins
Paramount a great studio assigns Richard Quine -the once great love of Kim Novak's life, and a fine Director who knows his way around great Stars,-and casts the divine Audrey Hepburn, and to me the movies perfect leading man Bill Holden (who once had an affair with Audrey thus some sexual tension should be obvious but isn't!) Add the elegant Fred Astaire, set the movie in Paris, the city of Light and one of the most beautiful cities on the planet for a dash of atmosphere, and then for extra help add Tony Curtis and Mel Ferrer (Audrey's then husband) and Frank Sinatra in cameos. What happens? Little. Oh what this movie could have been!
DESPERATE FOR COPY ON DVD OF THIS MOVIE
- josephine markovich
I am redecorating and oved the sets of theis movie as well as the movieitself. I am desperate to my hands on a DVD so I can study the decor at length. Many thanks...Cheers...Josephine!!
Did not like it, silly & awful
- Jarrod McDonald
This was truly a waste of talent and money. The sets were more interesting than the story. If only this kind of money had been put to better use, then a real classic might've been made. Holden is getting past his prime, almost too old to play a romantic leading type, and he should've done what men from his era like Joel McCrea, James Stewart and Randolph Scott were doing: make westerns where you can look leathered and tired. Tony Curtis looks better physically in this film and should've been the lead. Audrey is a star more than an actress. She's charming here, as always, but she is so busy flitting her way through a meandering story that one can't help but count the minutes till the movie is actually over. I am giving this a 'one' for importance in Cinema history and a 'one' for screenplay. It was not important or clever at all...it was a waste of time.
A Movie-Lover's Guilty Pleasure
- John Wilson/ RAZZIES
This was the movie that made me fall in love with the movies -- and movie-making -- as a child. Sly, romantic, silly and extremely entertaining, it focuses on a boozy screenwriter and his breezy typist/collaborator who concot an entire past deadline screenplay over Bastille Day weekend in Paris. As they write, Holden and Hepburn are repeatedly seen acting out the movie cliche's their script overly relies on. To find out if they do or don't fall in love by the end, you'll have to see it. If you're a movie lover too, you'll be glad you did!
A Comedy that Ranks Above All
- Paul Conrad Jackson
Paris When It Sizzles is the most inventive comedy I have ever seen. It makes After the Fox (Victor Mature), my past 'most inventive comedy' look like an amatur production! This movie simply can't be topped. Neither can William Holden in his best role after. I'm a veteran Classic Movie fan, and detest most movies made today, and I give this movie ten stars out of ten! A classic in every way.
Might as well...
I found "Paris When It Sizzles" to be highly irritating, sort of like listening to some smart-alec laugh at his own jokes. But when the stinker in question happens to star Audrey Hepburn and Bill Holden, any real movie fan needs to see it once, so check it out.
Paris when it sizzles!
- Annette simon
I found this to be a cute movie even though I did not get to see it from the beginning, love the part where Audrey's charactor ( who is an excellant story teller) has the girl chased by the male into a cave and he turnes into a vampire, not sure if anyone caught the bottle vodka on the lab table. When is this movie being shown again?
- Will+Audrey Forever
Oh my gosh this may not be Gone With the wind but it is very good!
Paris when it sizzles
Oh my god paul! that is a really charming movie. Ok it is a little cheap and the scenery is too, but if you get past that and focus on the immense star power and how remarkably romantic and cute it is then you would come to love it!
What a terrible movie
This movie is painful to watch. Basically, a writer with writer's block wrote a movie about a writer with writer's block. What a waste of two of my favourite actors.
Hadn't seen this in a while, and had almost forgot how charming. But how could it not be with Audrey & William Holden??
Holden is Hot!
A sensational movie! Why doesn't Hollywood make movies like this anymore? Best movie I've seen in a while! Thanks TCM for showing these true classics!