The film tells the story of the early life and rise to fame and fortune of French fashion designer Coco Chanel, beginning with her upbringing in an orphanage and training as a milliner, but... See full summary »

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The film tells the story of the early life and rise to fame and fortune of French fashion designer Coco Chanel, beginning with her upbringing in an orphanage and training as a milliner, but concentrating on her relationship with Etienne de Balsan and her tempestuous love affair with his friend Boy Capel, and the role the two men played in setting her up as an independent business woman.

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Fashion made her famous - only one man made her cry.


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12 October 1983 (France)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Karen Black replaced Jeanne Moreau. See more »

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Boy Capel: I came to tell you that I was wrong. I want you back.
Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel: You want me back? I never went anywhere.
Boy Capel: How long has that been going on?
Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel: You have no right to ask. But I am going to tell you something. She is not the only one. I have lots of other lovers. I have everything now. Love. And success. My life is fulfilled and I don't need you anymore.
Boy Capel: You call a succession of men and women love? Does it make you happy?
Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel: At least it doesn't make me unhappy.
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Dalton and Hauer take turns with Pisier
26 May 1999 | by (Syracuse, NY) – See all my reviews

This is Hauer's first 100% English language film, following "Wilby" and "Soldier of Orange", so viewers are spared the generally atrocious dubbing. And what screen time Hauer has, mostly during the first half is amiable. Unfortunately, once Hauer's character walks the doldrums set in pretty quick. Although easily mistaken as a romance, it is a tale about loneliness. Chanel just made the wrong decision when it came to Dalton and Hauer.


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