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The film was originally titled "Paris Match" until Billy Crystal complained that people would get the film confused with his own movie, Forget Paris (1995).
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Star Kevin Kline's part was originally earmarked for French actor Gérard Depardieu.
Kevin Kline had a professor to coach him with the French to speak it as a Frenchman. He studied French during his Jr. High/High school years and a year in college. He didn't learn to speak it until he went to Alliance Française in New York.
First theatrical feature film as a producer of actress Meg Ryan.
When Kate (Meg Ryan) asks Luc (Kevin Kline) are first talking in their room at Cannes, the French song "Verlaine" is playing. The track's lyrics include the wording "les sanglots longues des violons de l'automne blessent mon coeur d'un langueur monotone" which translate into English as "the long sobs of the violins of autumn wound my heart with a monotonous languor". These words are from a poem called "Verlaine", and had been used in 1944 to form the code phrases that alerted the Resistance to the Allied invasion of France, and were depicted in the earlier epic World War II movie The Longest Day (1962).
As the closing credits roll, Kate (Meg Ryan) asks Luc (Kevin Kline) to sing "that Bobby Darin song" and then begins to actually sing it . . . "Somewhere..." and Luc corrects her to state that it is a French song and begins to sing it in French, "La Mer". That song was originally written by Charles Trenet and then translated into English and recorded by Bobby Darin.
"You can't leave Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower." At least twice, Kate misses seeing the tower, once as the car she is in passes the Trocadéro, and next when the tower lights go out at night, just right after she turns her head towards it. Then she sees, reflected in a shop window, the top of what she thinks is the tower, but when she turns to look, the buildings are hiding the entire view. Meanwhile, the window has been opened so that when she turns back, she can't even see the reflection. Finally, when she is leaving Paris, she sees it from the window of the train.
Timothy Hutton's character is named Charlie, short for Doctor Charles Lytton. In the original Pink Panther movies, Sir Charles Lytton was the true name of the cat burglar known as the Phantom, played by David Niven in one film and Christopher Plummer in another. Kevin Kline and Jean Reno, also starring in French Kiss (1995), were both in the new version of The Pink Panther (2006).
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The movie starred two actors who had both won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Timothy Hutton won his Oscar for Ordinary People (1980) whilst Kevin Kline won his statuette for A Fish Called Wanda (1988).
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Director Lawrence Kasdan agreed to direct this film project because he had just been involved on a difficult production shoot on Wyatt Earp (1994), would not have to write the screenplay first, and principal photography would involve a nice working holiday for he and his family in France.
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First of two collaborations of actress Meg Ryan and actor Timothy Hutton who would both star in Serious Moonlight (2009) around fourteen years later,.
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Star Kevin Kline once commented that friend and regular collaborator Lawrence Kasdan took on yet another genre with this movie - the screwball romantic comedy. Kasdan had previously directed such movies in such various genres as the suspense-thriller in Body Heat (1981), the ensemble comedy-drama The Big Chill (1983), the melodrama The Accidental Tourist (1988), the black comedy I Love You to Death (1990), and the westerns Silverado (1985) and Wyatt Earp (1994). Kasdan though had previously written the romantic comedy Continental Divide (1981) but was not that movie's director.
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The slogan for U Can Fly read: "Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself".
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Fifth of six cinema movie collaborations [to date, September 2015] of actor Kevin Kline and director Lawrence Kasdan. The films include Silverado (1985), Grand Canyon (1991), French Kiss (1995), The Big Chill (1983), Darling Companion (2012) and I Love You to Death (1990).
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The picture's production house "Prufrock Pictures" is actress Meg Ryans production company.
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The principal photography production period on this picture ran for about three months between mid-September and late-December 1994.
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The eighth cinema movie directed by director Lawrence Kasdan.
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One of two cinema movies [to date, April 2016] directed by Lawrence Kasdan starring actor Kevin Kline where the latter portrayed a European character. In French Kiss (1995), Kline plays a Frenchman, whereas in I Love You to Death (1990), Kline portrays an Italian man.
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The names of the two French hotels were the Hôtel George V in Paris and the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.
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Final theatrical feature film lensed by cinematographer and director of photography Owen Roizman.
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Though also a producer and screen-writer, director Lawrence Kasdan performed neither of these duties on this picture, only directing it.
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Playing Kate in this movie, actress Meg Ryan would later portray a movie character with the same first name later, when Ryan played Kate McKay in Kate & Leopold (2001).
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Final theatrical feature film directed by Lawrence Kasdan for about four years until Mumford (1999).
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French actor Jean Reno portrayed a character, Jean-Paul Cardon, who had the same first name as the first part of his character's name.
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Second cinema movie directed by Lawrence Kasdan where he did not act as a screenwriter on the picture. The first had been I Love You to Death (1990).
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Third consecutive back-to-back movie lensed by cinematographer Owen Roizman that was directed by director Lawrence Kasdan after Wyatt Earp (1994) and Grand Canyon (1991). The pair had also previously collaborated on I Love You to Death (1990) which had been their first collaboration.
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Adam Brooks: The writer has a brief role as "Perfect Passenger" (the guy who is taking his shoes off when Kate first gets on the plane to Paris).
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