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Paris when it Sizzles (Widescreen)

William Holden , Audrey Hepburn , Richard Quine    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Paris When It Sizzles is an unusual screwball comedy to say the least. Whether it works is another matter, but the premise and humor are interesting enough to make it enjoyable. The basic problem with the film is its two stars: William Holden and Audrey Hepburn hardly sizzle with onscreen chemistry, and Hepburn's character, Miss Simpson, falls far too easily into the hands of Holden's drunken screen writer. However, the story is an interesting play on the typical Hollywood romance, with two plotlines running in parallel to each other. Holden's Richard Benson has only two days to finish a script for an enigmatic producer (Noel Coward). Hepburn's Miss Simpson is drafted in as the typist and as the script is dictated it manifests itself on the screen, allowing the two lead characters to play out any number of romantic stories. It's the cameo appearances in the imaginary world that really steal the show, with the blink-and-you'll-miss-it last screen appearance by Marlene Dietrich, as well as Tony Curtis having fun with his own screen persona. Not one of Hepburn or Holden's best, but worth a look purely for the interesting slant on the mechanical nature of Hollywood's romances. --Nikki Disney

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Okay, to appreciate this film you have to have the right mind-set going in. It's not a 'classic' Hepburn movie a la 'Roman Holiday', or 'Sabrina', or 'My Fair Lady', although it IS better than 'Green Mansions'!
The plot is unimportant, and some of the scenes are just ridiculous; but, that is what makes them fun. The whole movie for me is when they are all in a tiny euro-car driving through Paris, and Audrey Hepburn's 'princess hat' is sticking out of the sun-roof; funny!
I wouldn't spend too much on this one, but it is still a funny, sweet comedy with some great little moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There are no words... Feb. 10 2003
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Oh wait. There are! Can we say "classic"? Okay, maybe not "classic" in the classical sense of the word, but this has to be one of Audrey Hepburn's best movies, if not simply for the comedy. The first time I saw this, I was on vacation in Hawaii. I laughed so hard, I knew I had to see it again. I rented it three times before my mom finally bought it for me and now I can't get enough of it. My friends and I quote it all the time and, despite the strange looks from the people who don't understand, we love it.
Audrey: On Sundays, if I was a good girl, I would get to feed the giraffes!
William: Don't tell me you had giraffes as a child too!
It doesn't get any better than this duo. I mean, they have such chemistry that they can pull off a kiss 4 minutes into the movie (yes, we counted)! Great! If you are looking for a movie to watch, this will work any day of the week. It's better with friends though, because the laughter just increases. So rent or buy...just watch!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Audrey's delightful July 12 2001
This one's my second favorite Audrey Hepburn movies that I have seen behind Breakfast at Tiffany's. That includes, My Fair Lady, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, Charade, and Wait Until Dark...so I liked it. It includes some movie techniques that definitely seem innovative at the time it came out in 1964. The film within a film convention keeps you engaged as Holden and Hepburn's characters write and rewrite the script to "The Girl who stole the Eifel Tower." The story cuts to the characters they create that begin to closely resemble themselves. It gives some light insight to how scripts might become movies. The interplay between the two character foils played by Hepburn and Holden is what is so engaging about this romantic comedy. Holden's cynical witty world-weary outlook matched with Hepburn vibrant wide-eyed ready to engage life outlook is truly engaging. You find yourself watching Hepburn's grace mixed with comedic suave to just see what she will do next. She truly is the best thing that has came along for the silverscreen and has some classic lines/phrases to boot, "I just go ape.", "we got along swimmingly." Another witty convention in this movie is that there are thinly veiled references to Hepburn's other movies along the way...this keeps the Hepburn-phile laughing. There's a mention of a cut to the lonely cat in the rain ala Breakfast and a debate whether My Fair Lady is the Frankenstein story retold. Thoroughly engaging. The show has some fairly risque for the time shots of girls in bikinis, which is a bonus for the male viewers out there. If there is one setback for this movie, it is that it tries to be a "big Hollywood production" in places, where it need not be...your know car chases, plenty of people running around, gunshots, etc. Read more ›
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If you are French or of French ancestry, celebrating Bastille Day (July 14) outside of France, this is the film for you. Audrey Hepburn and William Holden are great in this stream-of- conciousness story of a writer and his typist creating an original script in just one weekend, about a plot that takes place, in Paris, all in one day-Bastille Day (July 14). Although some viewers, who are not willing to watch with an open mind, may find it hard to follow, those who watch with the proper perspective will thoroughly enjoy this spoof on the difficulties involved in the creative process. Watching Audrey Hepburn's and William Holden's characters distill their sudden ideas and sudden blocks into a cohesive and logical storyline are a joy to follow along with. Even though it can be a start-stop-start-stop train of thought, that's the real fun of this movie: watching the "story- within-the-story" evolve. You don't what to expect next, what parts of what you just watched will be deleted, will they move backward or forward? THAT'S the challenge and the FUN of this great, visionary (and for its time,experimental) film! Of course, the wonderful scenery, fashions, and production values are in keeping with what viewers would expect from an Audrey Hepburn comedy. Watch for Tony Curtis in a hilarious cameo role as Audrey Hepburn's beatnik boyfriend. Audrey's Gabrielle is equally hilarious trying to communicate with him in beatnik-speak, and winds up sounding like France's first (Loire)Valley Girl..."Oh, Maurice, I'm, LIKE, so happy for you..." Also watch for cameos by Marlene Dietrich, and others, including a voice-over cameo by Frank Sinatra, as imagined singing the would-be title song of the film being created, "The Girl Who Stole The Eiffel Tower. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yuck.
Corny dialogue, over-the-top romantic scenes, mediocre acting, William Holden - this movie embodies everything that could go wrong in a 50's movie. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2010 by Jo
2.0 out of 5 stars Paris When It Sizzles
Two great actors, but a weak script. Not the calibre we generally enjoy with vintage Hepburn.
Published on Aug. 11 2009 by Hepburn fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute fun in Paris...although
Well I purchased this movie from Amazon a week or so ago, and I decided to sit myself down and watch it last night. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2008 by G. Motychko
Published on April 5 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh my!
I was so dissapointed!
I kept watching just thinking it would get better.
Don't waste your time. This is painful!
Published on Aug. 17 2003 by Holly L. Clemens
5.0 out of 5 stars This One's A Sizzler!
'Paris When It Sizzles' is a funny, light-hearted masterpiece that is made even better by the two brilliant stars, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. Read more
Published on July 29 2003 by Amy Andrews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even Audrey can salvage this one....
I agree with the viewers from Texas -- this was AWFUL! I couldn't wait for it to end. And until seeing this, I didn't think Audrey had made any truly bad movies. Read more
Published on July 27 2003 by jeffsdate
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
This is indeed a great film with William Holden and Audrey Hepburn and is seldom shown on television. Read more
Published on May 4 2003 by Rosella Ann Myles
3.0 out of 5 stars I hate to do this...
but this movie is not worth more. I love Audrey Hepburn but the plot is atrocious. The actors are good and it can be funny but the plot is definitely lacking. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2003 by Angel
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Every Day Classic
One of Audrey Hepburn's quirkier films Paris When It Sizzles is a story of a secretary (Hepburn) who comes to type up a wealthy film writers (Holden) script. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2002 by N. Kimbrough
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