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Irma la Douce (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 5 June 1963 (USA)
In Paris, a former policeman falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nestor Patou / Lord X
... Irma La Douce
... Moustache
... Hippolyte
... Inspector Lefevre
... Lolita
... Amazon Annie
... Kiki - the Cossack
Paul Dubov ... Andre
... Concierge
... Police Sergeant
Diki Lerner ... Jojo
Herb Jones ... Casablanca Charlie
Ruth Earl ... One of the Zebra Twins
Jane Earl ... One of the Zebra Twins
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Storyline

Naive, by the book French police officer Nester Patou, is transferred to the Red Light district. Upon witnessing what must be a brothel, he calls the station and organizes a raid, transporting all the 'ladies' to the jail. This unfortunately disrupts the well organized system of the police and the Pimps union. Not to mention inadvertently netting his station superior at the brothel. Fired, he goes to a bar to drink, is befriended by Irma, beats up her pimp, and finds he is now Irma's new pimp. Nester's doesn't like the thought of his girl seeing other men, so comes up with a plan. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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A story of passion, bloodshed, desire and death... everything, in fact, that makes life worth living See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Irma la dulce  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,246,588
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Lemmon married Felicia Farr in Paris during this movie's shoot. Billy Wilder and regular Jack Lemmon director Richard Quine were joint "Best Men ". See more »

Goofs

When Nestor and Irma first meet, Nestor says he received a medal for performing 'mouth to mouth respiration' on a drowning child. Of course, he means 'mouth to mouth resuscitation'. See more »

Quotes

Nestor Patou: Now I'm mad. Now I'm really mad. And when I'm mad, I'm like a tiger!
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Connections

References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Our Language of Love
Music by Marguerite Monnot
French lyrics by Alexandre Breffort
English lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman
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Very good til it becomes just too much
7 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Jack Lemon. What a natural. What an actor. Shirley MacLaine also very good. This film with all its convoluted twists and turns and knots and what not, has a beautiful love story at the center of it. It appears to be incredibly sweet, and touching, all the while supplying good comic relief, in particular with that bartender character and his insane anecdotes where he's been in every corner of the world and back, very good stuff - and the film does really well at developing lots of content in a plot that is fairly simple...

but - and there's a big but (and I cannot lie) - it lingers for too long to a point where the viewer is ready to indulge and buy into the film's surrealistic plot for a while... but then it exaggerates just too much and a growing sense of silliness starts spilling out of it. In that, it's also too long: nearly two hours and thirty minutes, for such a cute, light story there's no reason whatsoever for that length.

Could've been better as a shorter, more focused, less leaky story.

Good stuff still. 7/10.


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