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Ready to Wear (1994)
"Prêt-à-Porter" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 December 1994 (USA)
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A chronicle of the interconnected lives of a group of people in the lead up to Paris Fashion Week.

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Olivier de la Fontaine
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Sophie Choiset
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Milo O'Brannigan
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Simone Lowenthal (as Anouk Aimee)
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Jack Lowenthal
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Pilar (as Rossy De Palma)
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Cy Bianco
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Reggie
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Storyline

A fashion show in Paris draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors, photographers. Lots of unconnected stories which all revolve around this show, and an all-star cast. Written by Rob Hartill

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and nudity | See all certifications »
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25 December 1994 (USA)  »

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Ready to Wear  »

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£1,120,302 (UK) (17 March 1995)
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Robert De Niro was originally set to play the part later taken by Forest Whitaker. See more »

Goofs

In the hotel room, Anne Eisenhower lifts a glass of wine from Joe Flynn's dining cart with her left hand and takes a drink. Joe makes a comment and it can be seen that Anne's left arm is up to her face (she is visible from the chest down), but when we cut back to Anne the glass is in her right hand as she puts it down. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[subtitled version - opening lines are in French, the English subtitles are a very rough translation]
Olivier de la Fontaine: [opening letter] Moscow? What's this about? Put that on the desk. Dear Mr. de la Fontaine: blah, blah, blah, blah... blah, blah, blah, blah...
Isabella de la Fontaine: [to dog] Robin. Robin. I told you not to! It's dirty. You shouldn't do that. Not in the house.
[to Olivier de la Fontaine]
Isabella de la Fontaine: You're a shit.
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The worst film by Robert Altman is still the best film of the year.
24 April 2004 | by (Dallas, Tx) – See all my reviews

This review is written specifically for those who have not seen 'Pret-a-Porte' and are confused by the mixed reviews on this site and from the Critical Press in general. To you, I would say the following: Don't take my word for it...see it for yourself and figure out what YOU think of it. It is my opinion that the worst film from Robert Altman is still the best film of the year (with rare exceptions) and so, naturally, I would recommend this film to anyone. However, Director Altman does NOT make films for everyone. He often makes films for the 'Advanced' film-goer. His work is often dis-jointed and overlapping to an extent that it requires one to actually ay attention to the goings' on rather than to spoon-feed the answers to the audience. Couple this with his tendency to allow the plot and the character to meander, evolving slowly over the course of the film and you often get a movie that is distinctly 'un-Hollywood', which can turn some film goers off. So I would recommend that you not only sit through this film, but allow yourself to actually watch it without any preconceived ideas of how a movie is supposed to be. Then I think you will find a witty, sexy satire that is more about our own vanity and betrayal than it is about the fashion industry.

But like I said, don't take my word for it (or the words of anyone else, for that matter): If you are curious, please watch it. And make up your own mind.


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