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A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.

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Hrundi V. Bakshi
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Michele Monet
Natalia Borisova ...
Ballerina
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Nanny
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Rosalind Dunphy
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Bernard Stein
Corinne Cole ...
Janice Kane
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Wells
Frances Davis ...
Maid
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Stella D'Angelo (as Danielle de Metz)
Herbert Ellis ...
Director (as Herb Ellis)
Paul Ferrara ...
Ronnie Smith
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Levinson
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Molly Clutterbuck
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Cook
Sharron Kimberly ...
Princess Helena
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Harry
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Davey Kane
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Geoffrey Clutterbuck
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C. S. Divot
Jerry Martin ...
Bradford
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Alice Clutterbuck
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Fred Clutterbuck
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'Wyoming Bill' Kelso
Elianne Nadeau ...
Wiggy
Tom Quine ...
Congressman Dunphy (as Thomas W. Quine)
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Gore Pontoon
Ken Wales ...
Assistant Director
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June Warren
Donald R. Frost ...
Drummer
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Secretary
George Winters ...
Cliff Hanger
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Starlet
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Loren Brown ...
Special Effects Man (uncredited)
Ralph Gambina ...
Crew Member (uncredited)
John McKee ...
Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Blake Edwards

Written by

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Blake Edwards ... (screenplay) &
Tom Waldman ... (screenplay) and
Frank Waldman ... (screenplay)
 
Blake Edwards ... (story)

Produced by

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Blake Edwards ... producer
Walter Mirisch ... executive producer (uncredited)
Ken Wales ... associate producer

Music by

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Henry Mancini

Cinematography by

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Lucien Ballard ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ralph E. Winters

Editorial Department

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Frank Mazzola ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Fernando Carrere

Set Decoration by

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Reg Allen ... (as Reginald Allen)
Jack Stevens

Costume Design by

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Jack Bear

Makeup Department

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Alice Monte ... hair stylist
Allan Snyder ... makeup supervisor
Lynn F. Reynolds ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Pat Whiffing ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Patrick J. Palmer ... production manager
Allen K. Wood ... production supervisor

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Malcolm R. Harding ... second assistant director (as Malcolm Harding)
Monte Masters ... second assistant director (as Monty Masters)
Mickey McCardle ... first assistant director

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Arthur Friedrich ... property
William Maldonado ... construction coordinator
Mentor Huebner ... production illustrator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Robert Martin ... sound
Clem Portman ... re-recording mixer
Ben Smith ... sound editor

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Norman Breedlove ... special effects

Stunts

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Dick Crockett ... stunt coordinator (uncredited) / stunt double (uncredited)
John Moio ... stunts (uncredited)

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Bruce McBroom ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Angela Alexander ... costumer: ladies
Wesley Jeffries ... costumer: men (as Wes Jeffries)

Music Department

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Richard Carruth ... music editor
Larry Bunker ... musician: vibraphone (uncredited)
Henry Mancini ... conductor (uncredited)
Ravi Shankar ... music advisor: Mr. Sellers (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Esther Stephenson ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Frank Khoury ... transportation (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

By a twist of fate, the clumsy, but well-meaning aspiring actor, Hrundi V. Bakshi, is invited to Fred Clutterbuck's big party, after utterly ruining the set of his latest feature film. However, unbeknownst to the host, Bakshi is present at the gathering, merrily mingling with the hand-picked guests in this magnificent hi-tech villa, where the drinks are flowing, and everybody is in high spirits. But, much to everyone's surprise, when Bakshi accidentally has his first-ever sip of alcohol, only God knows how this well-thought party will end. What delightful disasters await? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines The Film That Made The Whole World Go "Birdie Num Num!" See more »
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Also Known As
  • R.S.V.P. (United States)
  • La party (France)
  • Der Partyschreck (Germany)
  • La festa (Spain, Catalan title)
  • El guateque (Spain)
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  • 99 min
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Budget $2,900,000 (estimated)

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Trivia This film was improvised from a 56-page outline. Each scene was shot in sequence and built upon the previous scene. To aid in this experiment, the film's producers had a video-camera tube attached to the Panavision camera and connected to an Ampex studio videotape machine, allowing the actors and crew to review what they had just filmed. According to a contemporary article in Daily Variety this was one of the first productions to use a video camera in this matter. This eliminated the time and expense of developing the film and showing the "rushes" the following day. The cost of this new technology was $1,100 per day, but director Edwards said the system saved the production many times that amount by avoiding costly resets and re-shoots on following days. See more »
Goofs At the dinner party, Peter Sellers's red wine glass disappears and reappears. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Men in the City 2 (2011). See more »
Soundtracks Nothing to Lose See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Michelle Monet: Oh, here's your hat.
Hrundi V. Bakshi: Oh, look... you keep it.
Michelle Monet: But you may need it.
Hrundi V. Bakshi: No, I'd like you to keep it.
Michelle Monet: All right. If you think that you should want it or need it sometimes...
Hrundi V. Bakshi: Well, if I need it... I could always come, perhaps, and pick it up.
Michelle Monet: That would be very nice.
Hrundi V. Bakshi: When would you be available for me to pick up my hat?
Michelle Monet: Well...
[laughs shyly]
Michelle Monet: maybe next week.
Hrundi V. Bakshi: I'll come and get it then.
Michelle Monet: OK.
Hrundi V. Bakshi: For I'd love to have my hat back.
Michelle Monet: Goodbye.
Hrundi V. Bakshi: Bye bye.
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