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Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance  |  10 June 2011 (USA)
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Sonnenberg ...
1920's Partygoer
1920's Partygoer
1920's Partygoer
Marie-Sohna Conde ...
1920's Partygoer (as Marie-Sohne Condé)
Yves Heck ...


Gil and Inez travel to Paris as a tag-along vacation on her parents' business trip. Gil is a successful Hollywood writer but is struggling on his first novel. He falls in love with the city and thinks they should move there after they get married, but Inez does not share his romantic notions of the city or the idea that the 1920s was the golden age. When Inez goes off dancing with her friends, Gil takes a walk at midnight and discovers what could be the ultimate source of inspiration for writing. Gil's daily walks at midnight in Paris could take him closer to the heart of the city but further from the woman he's about to marry. Written by napierslogs

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1920s | midnight | love | novel | writer | See All (88) »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Medianoche en París  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$599,003 (USA) (20 May 2011)


$56,816,662 (USA) (16 March 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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For Gil's difficult and demanding fiancée, Inez, Woody Allen says he had Rachel McAdams in mind as he was writing. And when he pitched her the part, he told her, "It would be much more interesting for you to play this kind of character. You don't want to go your whole life playing these beautiful girls. You want to play some bitchy parts. It's much more interesting for you." Despite this, Rachel McAdams had already had her share of playing "bitchy parts" prior to playing Inez, such as her roles in The Hot Chick (2002) as Jessica Spencer, Mean Girls (2004) as Regina George and The Family Stone (2005) as Amy Stone. See more »


At one point Gil says that F. Scott Fitzgerald explained the concept of "cognitive dissonance" to him. This term was not in wide use until the 1950s. Gil was referring to a quotation often attributed to Fitzgerald: "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." See more »


[first lines]
Gil: This is unbelievable! Look at this! There's no city like this in the world. There never was.
Inez: You act like you've never been here before.
Gil: I don't get here often enough, that's the problem. Can you picture how drop dead gorgeous this city is in the rain? Imagine this town in the '20s. Paris in the '20s, in the rain. The artists and writers!
Inez: Why does every city have to be in the rain? What's wonderful about getting wet?
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You can do some thinking while laughing!
20 May 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Quite a lot of great lines carrying life's wisdom; Profound reflection and insight of living the precious present expressed in a light-hearted touch! If you have your own 'Golden Age' fantasy, you will likely enjoy it. This movie seems to be relatively more straightforward in communicating its message than some of Allen's other works, such as "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." As a plus, lovely cinematography of the city of Paris - Mr. Allen has apparently fallen in love with the 'good old (and charming)' European major cities; e.g., London, Paris, Barcelona and etc. Very likely, you will leave the movie theater with a big and warm smile on your face...

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