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Irma la Douce (1963)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  5 June 1963 (USA)
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In Paris, an ex-cop falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time. Not so easy...

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Nestor Patou / Lord X
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Lou Jacobi ...
Bruce Yarnell ...
Herschel Bernardi ...
Hope Holiday ...
Lolita
Joan Shawlee ...
Amazon Annie
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Kiki the Cossack
Paul Dubov ...
Andre
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Concierge
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Police sergeant
Diki Lerner ...
Jojo
Herb Jones ...
Casablanca Charlie
Ruth Earl ...
One of the Zebra Twins
Jane Earl ...
One of the Zebra Twins
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Naive, by the book French police officer Nester Patou, is transferred to the Red Light district. Upon witnessing what must be a brothel, he calls the station and organizes a raid, transporting all the 'ladies' to the jail. This unfortunately disrupts the well organized system of the police and the Pimps union. Not to mention inadvertently netting his station superior at the brothel. Fired, he goes to a bar to drink, is befriended by Irma, beats up her pimp, and finds he is now Irma's new pimp. Nester's doesn't like the thought of his girl seeing other men, so comes up with a plan. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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A story of passion, bloodshed, desire and death... everything, in fact, that makes life worth living See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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5 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Irma la dulce  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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The pimps' union is called the "Mec's' (tough guy's) Paris Protective Association" (MPPA), which also stands for "Motion Picture Producers Association", an organization which had given director Billy Wilder some trouble. See more »

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During the film, one of the girls has her heart shaped glasses broken by an angry Irma, but during the wedding scene her glasses are intact. See more »

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Moustache: Life is total war my friend... nobody has a right to be a conscientious objector.
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Music by Marguerite Monnot
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4 February 2005 | by (Belfast, NI) – See all my reviews

Billy Wilder's Irma la Douce is an absolute gem. Coming after 'Some Like it Hot' and 'One, Two, Three' and before the similarly undervalued 'Kiss Me, Stupid' it is part of Wilder's most creative period. Shirley Maclaine is perfect as the hooker with the heart of gold and Lemmon is hilarious as the protective lover.

Largely shot in studio, Wilder makes hay with the control that this gives him, with a fabulous market where Lemmon works to keep Irma off the streets.

It is such a joy to see Lou Jacobi in the pivotal role of Moustache. His line delivery cannot be faulted and he is given many of the film's funniest moments.

It is also a joy to watch a great wit like Wilder show us that prostitution is a way of earning a living, not a social problem. May you smile in Heaven, Billy!


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