The Woman in Red (1984 film)
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 (Un éléphant ça trompe énormément). It co-stars Charles Grodin, Gilda Radner, Joseph Bologna, Judith Ivey and Kelly LeBrock. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "I Just Called to Say I Love You", written and performed by Stevie Wonder.
|The Woman in Red|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gene Wilder|
|Produced by||Victor Drai|
|Screenplay by||Yves Robert|
|Story by||Gene Wilder|
|Based on||Pardon Mon Affaire (or An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive) by Yves Robert|
|Edited by||Christopher Greenbury|
|Distributed by||Orion Pictures|
|Box office||$25.3 million|
San Francisco ad man Teddy Pierce is amused by, then obsessed with, a beautiful woman whose red dress goes billowing over her head by a gust of wind from crossing over a ventilation grate, and exposing her red satin string bikini panties. 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 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 Woman in Red was shot in the fall of 1983.
The Original motion picture soundtrack was composed by Stevie Wonder, except "It's More Than You" by Ben Bridges 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." The album reached #4 on the US Billboard 200 chart, #1 on the R&B Albums chart (for four weeks) and #2 on the UK Albums Chart. It reached #1 on the Italian, Spanish and Swedish Album Chart.
The Woman in Red was released by Orion Pictures in the United States on August 15, 1984.
Richard Schickel of TIME Magazine wrote: "One of this summer's more pungent pleasures: a well-made sex farce of classical proportions. If there is a horse to fall off or an airplane forced to land at the wrong airport, you may be sure Teddy will be aboard." Variety wrote: "The laughs roll along readily as Wilder tries one idea after another to sneak out on wife Judith Ivey and family to rendezvous with Le Brock." Variety also praised Gilda Radner for her performance.
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- LaserDisc Database - Woman in Red
- The Woman in Red | DVD | United States | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | 1984 | 87 min | Rated PG-13 | Jan 07, 2003
- The Woman in Red | Blu-ray | United States | Kino Lorber | 1984 | 87 min | Rated PG-13 | Nov 28, 2017
- The Woman in Red | Blu-ray | Germany | Die Frau in Rot | Studio Hamburg Enterprises | 1984 | 87 min | Rated FSK-12 | Jan 25, 2019
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