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French Postcards (1979)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  26 October 1979 (USA)
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An American group of exchange students come to Paris to study the language and culture for a year. The film depicts the various interactions between the students and the instructors, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Chapin ...
Joel
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Laura
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Alex
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Toni
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Melanie
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Sayyid
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Madame Catherine Tessier
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Monsieur Tessier
Lynn Carlin ...
Mrs. Weber
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Mr. Weber
Christophe Bourseiller ...
Pascal
François Lalande ...
Monsieur Levert
Anémone ...
Christine
Véronique Jannot ...
Malsy
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Cécile
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An American group of exchange students come to Paris to study the language and culture for a year. The film depicts the various interactions between the students and the instructors, including the pretty female director of the institute where they are enrolled. Written by Ari Herzog <ari@ici.net>

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American students go to Paris ... The less they study the more they learn.

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26 October 1979 (USA)  »

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Alex: [recalling his trip] I spent a week in Grenada mostly watching the famous rain in Spain. All in all the trip was incredibly - it was - lonely. But don't tell Joel that, ok. I just told him the trip was great.
Laura: Yeah, I was going to say that about my trip. But it's hard when they bring you back in an ambulance.
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Delightful fluff... look for stars-to-be
12 February 2002 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

"French Postcards" is a light-hearted romantic comedy that was probably seen by more people on cable TV than in the theater.

Two rising stars have supporting roles in this film.

Mandy Patinkin plays "Sayyid." He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Che Guevera in "Evita" on Broadway in 1979... the same year "French Postcards" was released. He went on to star opposite Barbra Streisand in the film "Yentl," and to act in many other movies including another favorite of mine, "The Princess Bride." He's appeared in numerous Broadway productions and also played for years in the TV series "Chicago Hope."

The other actor to watch for is Debra Winger who plays "Melanie." She went on to roles in "Urban Cowboy," "An Officer and a Gentleman," and "Terms of Endearment," and is a three-time Oscar nominee.

As a reporter, I got to interview Winger when "Cannery Row" was released and asked her about her memories of "French Postcards." She said she was not happy about the way the film turned out because "Melanie" apparently played a much larger role in the original script as shot. She felt too much of her work was left on the cutting room floor during editing, and that her major character had been relegated to a lesser role. Judging from what's happened since, she was probably right.

After "French Postcards," Willard Huyck went on to direct the bombs "Best Defense," and "Howard the Duck."


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