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The April Fools (1969)

In New York, the newly-promoted in the Street Broker Howard Brubaker is invited by his boss Ted Gunther to come to his fancy apartment. However, there is a party and the clumsy Howard feels... See full summary »

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Potter Shrader
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Grace Greenlaw
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Andre Greenlaw
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Matt Benson
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Stanley Brubaker
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In New York, the newly-promoted in the Street Broker Howard Brubaker is invited by his boss Ted Gunther to come to his fancy apartment. However, there is a party and the clumsy Howard feels uncomfortable and misplaced. Ted's wife Catherine Gunther is amused with Howard and he invites her to have a drink in a club that Ted has suggested. Howard has a loveless marriage and his wife Phyllis does not pay attention to him. Catherine is unhappily married with Ted. When they meet the couple Grace and Andre Greenlaw that have been married for many years and are still happy, they decide to travel together to Paris to start a new life together. Will they leave their marriages behind? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He has a wife. She has a husband. With so much in common they just have to fall in love. See more »

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28 May 1969 (USA)  »

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Catherine Deneuve's part was originally intended for Shirley MacLaine. See more »

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Catherine Gunther: [In the elevator] I don't mean to sound too forward. My name is Catherine.
Howard Brubaker: Oh, ah, Brubaker... Howard...
Catherine Gunther: Brubaker?
Howard Brubaker: How do you do.
[Awkward pause]
Howard Brubaker: I never know what to say in an elevator
[Nervously laughs and another pause]
Howard Brubaker: Some party, huh?
Catherine Gunther: Some party good or some party bad?
Howard Brubaker: Ah... some good or some bad. On the average for that type of party, I'd say it was... average.
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Written by Marvin Hamlisch, Joel Hirschhorn and Al Kasha
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Likeable
5 November 2000 | by (Brisbane, Australia.) – See all my reviews

The April Fools, starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve is a likeable, though not outstanding film. The film, somewhat bereft of a script, deals with Lemmon's character who arrives at his extremely trendy boss's apartment for a social gathering, which, to Lemmon's sheer amazement, is a fully-fledged swinging 60's hip shindig in classic over-40's type psychedelia. Deneuve plays the rather neglected wife of Lemmon's boss and of course the two meet at the party and do a terribly unconvincing job of falling in love. Deneuve, while pretty to look at, strolls through this film acting like she's hanging around for her agent to come up with something better. And in this film Lemmon just doesn't cut it as a romantic interest. The scene stealers are Lemmon's two drunken cohorts.

This film is far more interesting as a time piece, however. It's fun and engaging to watch this film and see how Hollywood was interested in projecting the late '60s high-class psychedelic world. The scene where Jack Lemmon takes Catherine Deneuve to the private club which is completely fitted out like the jungle and features sexy waitresses who slink around in various animal skins, with the only way to attract their attention is to shoot them on the bottom with a cap gun, really does make you marvel at the fact that clubs like this really did exist. Ah! Those were the days....


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