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Allan Burns (screenplay)
Claude Klotz (novel)
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Release Date:
27 April 1979 (USA) See more »
A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who goes to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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A kiss under the Bridge of Sighs See more (54 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Laurence Olivier ... Julius

Diane Lane ... Lauren
Thelonious Bernard ... Daniel

Arthur Hill ... Richard King

Sally Kellerman ... Kay King

Broderick Crawford ... Brod

David Dukes ... George de Marco
Andrew Duncan ... Bob Duryea
Claudette Sutherland ... Janet Duryea
Graham Fletcher-Cook ... Londet
Ashby Semple ... Natalie
Claude Brosset ... Michel Michon
Jacques Maury ... Inspector Leclerc

Anna Massey ... Ms. Siegel

Peter Maloney ... Martin
Dominique Lavanant ... Mme. Cormier
Mike Marshall ... 1st Assistant Director
Michel Bardinet ... French Ambassador
David Gabison ... French Representative (as Alain David Gabison)
Isabel Duby ... Monique
Geoffrey Carey ... Make-up Man (as Jeffrey Carey)
John Pepper ... 2nd Assistant Director
Denise Glaser ... Woman Critic
Jeanne Herviale ... Woman in Metro Station
Carlo Lastricati ... Tour Guide
Judith Mullen ... Secretary
Philippe Brigaud ... Theatre Manager
Lucienne Legrand ... Cashier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Warren Bierwirth ... Assistant to Richard King (uncredited)

Robert Shaw ... Doyle Lonnegan (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
George Roy Hill 
Writing credits
Allan Burns (screenplay)

Claude Klotz (novel "E=MC² mon amour") (as Patrick Cauvin)

George Roy Hill  dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Robert Crawford Jr. .... producer (as Robert L. Crawford)
Patrick Kelley .... executive producer
Yves Rousset-Rouard .... producer
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Pierre-William Glenn (director of photography) (as Pierre William Glenn)
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
Casting by
Margot Capelier 
Marion Dougherty 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
Art Direction by
François de Lamothe 
Set Decoration by
Robert Christidès  (as Robert Christides)
Costume Design by
Rosine Delamare 
Makeup Department
Françoise Andrejka .... makeup artist
Jean-Pierre Berroyer .... hair stylist
Jean-Michel .... hair stylist: Carita
Eric Muller .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jean-Patrick Constantini .... unit manager (as Jean-Patrick Costantini)
Ludmilla Goulian .... production manager
Michel Nicolini .... unit manager
Yannoulla Wakefield .... production executive
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruno Cortini .... second assistant director: Italy
Carlo Lastricati .... first assistant director
John Pepper .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jacques Brizzio .... assistant art director
Marino Calvadore .... assistant art director: Italy
Jean Colin .... set dresser
Jacques Quinternet .... set dresser
Michel Suné .... propman
Sound Department
Michel Desrois .... sound
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... sound effects
Alex Pront .... re-recording mixer
Jean-Bernard Thomasson .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bonomi .... head grip
Jean-Francis Gondre .... camera operator (as Jean-François Gondre)
Pascal Lebègue .... assistant camera (as Pascal Lebegue)
Rene Rochera .... gaffer
Victor Rodrigue .... still photographer
Jean-Claude Vicquery .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Gille Schneider .... casting
Claudine Stora .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeanne Vergne .... costumer (as Jeannine Vergne)
Editorial Department
Claudine Bouché .... editorial associate
Michael E. Polakow .... assistant editor (as Michael Polakow)
Annick Rousset-Rouard .... assistant editor
George A. Martin .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Gastone De Mattia .... location manager: Italy
Anna Grizi .... location manager: Italy
Claudio Vinale .... location manager: Italy
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... conductor
Other crew
Nestore Baratella .... accountant: Italy
Nicole Cateux .... auditor
Lucie Lichtig .... script supervisor
Judith Mullen .... production secretary
Crew verified as complete

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110 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG (certificate # 25563) | West Germany:6

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The crews were denied access to shoot in the Louvre. Instead, a replica set was built, complete with several plaster components.See more »
Kay King:She spent the whole time reading a book. Well, don't you think a child her age would be more interested in watching a movie being made?
Richard King:It depends on the book.
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What is the slower musical piece heard periodically through the film?
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A kiss under the Bridge of Sighs, 18 February 2000
Author: masonx from Auckland, New Zealand

The wonder of Laurence Olivier was his flexibility. From Shakespeare to the light & fluffy he was not too proud and that he enjoyed his profession so is shown in all his last works. This film is one of the latter and it may delight you with its humour and insight. A story set in Paris(sigh) of two adolescents from very different backgrounds and their budding romance in this the city of love. Which raises a good question mr director, why go to Venice when you could have done it all here the most romantic place in the world. But I digress. Lauren(Diane Lane) & Daniel(Thelonius Bernard) are the leads. Two youngsters with very high IQ's, they both read Heidegger & Nitsche for kicks, and who are surrounded by incompetent adults led by Daniel's dad, a parisien taxi driver with questionable ethics and Laurens mum Kay( Sally Kellerman playing a snobbish ex-patriot socialite) who balks at the thought of returning to the states-"goddam Houston".There is also a fine supporting cast of David Dukes playing George, a very avant-garde film director(so he says) and to Kay a potential husband number three, and Arthur Hill playing the kindly stepfather Richard. Broderick Crawford also makes a cameo appearance as himself, sadly one of his last. Olivier makes his entrance as the comical old gentleman with a mysterious past who used to live at the Browning's Villa in Venice and who befriends the two youngsters regaling them with a romantic tale of eternal love which can only be sealed with a kiss in a gondola under the bridge of sighs in Venice.Enough said.

Director Hill directs against type here but imbues his story with some wonderful vignettes. When Daniel's friend Londet sneaks them in to watch a blue movie Laurens reaction is a typically adolescent, morbid curiousity followed by revulsion and then a pert clinical summary.As if to say this aint that kind of a movie folks. Interestingly the two teenage leads found the eventual physical contact an embarrasing experience for all and had to be firmly encouraged by the director.There is a hint of their discomfort on screen but only for a moment. Love conquers all(sigh). Oliviers humourous performance transfixes when he almost gags on his croissant when seeing his criminal identikit photo in the newspaper. Hill also finds time to place excerpts from previous movies into his latest film,but aptly so. Albeit all in a foreign language. I also loved the photography and the landscape, I dont remember Italy being this lovely. The performances by all are very affecting although Lane did go on to bigger though not always better things. Bernard with his gallic good looks and despite passable reviews was never heard from again. Olivier sadly has passed on and will be missed by all for a long time to come.The ending was predictable but touching all the same.It never won any awards but twenty years later it remains one of my firm favourites for love story of the decade.

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