The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
"Les parapluies de Cherbourg" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Musical, Romance  |  16 December 1964 (USA)
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A young girl separated from her lover by war faces a life altering decision.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nino Castelnuovo ...
Anne Vernon ...
Marc Michel ...
Ellen Farner ...
Mireille Perrey ...
Tante Élise
Jean Champion ...
Aubin (as J. Champion)
Pierre Caden ...
Bernard (as P. Caden)
Jean-Pierre Dorat ...
Jean (as J.P. Dorat)
Bernard Fradet ...
Gas Station Apprentice (as B. Fradet)
Michel Benoist ...
Umbrella Buyer (as M. Benoist)
Philippe Dumat ...
Garage Customer in 1957 (as P. Dumat)
Dorothée Blanck ...
Girl in Cafe (as D. Blank)
Jane Carat ...
Ginny (as J. Carat)
Harald Wolff ...
Monsieur Dubourg


Told in four acts, the lives of Geneviève Emery and Guy Foucher of Cherbourg France are presented. Act 1 begins in November 1957, when sixteen year old Geneviève, who works in her widowed mother's umbrella shop called "Les parapluies de Cherbourg", and twenty year old Guy, who works as a mechanic at a gas station, are madly in love and want to get married. They are reluctant to tell anyone not only of their want to get married, but of their relationship. Geneviève believes her mother will think her too young, and would want her to marry someone with better prospects, especially considering her own tenuous financial situation. And Guy is more concerned now about not abandoning his ailing godmother, Aunt Élise, who raised him, and who he looks after along with a young woman named Madeleine. Act 2, told largely from Geneviève's perspective, begins in February 1958. Guy, drafted to fight for the French in Algeria, has been gone for two months, and is expected to be gone for two years. ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

16 December 1964 (USA)  »

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$18,425 (USA) (13 February 2004)


$18,425 (USA) (13 February 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Stage adaptations in New York (1979), Paris (1979), Los Angeles (1979), London (1980), Tokyo (1983), Denmark (2014). See more »


In the beginning of the film, set in 1957, there is a picture in Guy's locker at work of Marilyn Monroe wearing an orange boat-neck shirt, . The photograph was taken by George Barris in 1962 during her last photo shoot. See more »


Guy Foucher: Are you in mourning?
Geneviève Emery: Mother died last autumn.
Guy Foucher: What did you name her?
Geneviève Emery: Francoise. She's a lot like you. Do you want to see her?
Guy Foucher: I think you can go.
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Referenced in Felicity (1978) See more »

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Changing The Wallpaper
12 February 2005 | by (NAS Ream Field) – See all my reviews

Absolutely wonderful French musical featuring twenty-year old Catherine Denevue singing every word of dialogue along with a cast of well-known (at the time) French actors. The production is opera as only the French knew how to do it. The tale is from old Europe -- love, betrayal, remorse but cast against the last years of France's Algerian crisis. The music, well it starts to sound like side 2 of a Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 record after awhile, nevertheless it does catch your attention and makes you focus on the story. A truly unique movie-going experience, "Umbrellas" is sure to entertain from its giddy start to its surprisingly poignant end. Find it!

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