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The April Fools (1969)

A married man enters his boss' apartment to sign papers for a promotion and finds a party of 200 instead. He doesn't fit in, leaves with a woman, spends all night with her, falls in love with her and finds out she's his boss' wife.

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg

Writer:

Hal Dresner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Howard Brubaker
Catherine Deneuve ... Catherine Gunther
Peter Lawford ... Ted Gunther
Jack Weston ... Potter Shrader
Myrna Loy ... Grace Greenlaw
Charles Boyer ... Andre Greenlaw
Kenneth Mars ... Les Hopkins
Melinda Dillon ... Leslie Hopkins
Harvey Korman ... Matt Benson
Sally Kellerman ... Phyllis Brubaker
Gary Dubin ... Stanley Brubaker
Janice Carroll Janice Carroll ... Mimsy Shrader
Dee Gardner Dee Gardner ... Naomi Jackson
David Doyle ... Orlow P. Walters
Susan Barrett Susan Barrett ... Singer
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Storyline

In New York, newly-promoted Wall Street broker Howard Brubaker is invited by his boss Ted Gunther to come to his apartment. However, there is a party and Howard feels uncomfortable and out of place. Ted's wife Catherine is amused with Howard and he invites her to have a drink in a club. Howard opens up about his loveless marriage, as does Catherine. When the pair meet Grace and Andre Greenlaw, who've been happily married for many years, they decide to travel to Paris to start a new life together. Will they leave their marriages behind? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He has a wife. She has a husband. With so much in common they just have to fall in love. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

April april See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Catherine Deneuve's part was originally intended for Shirley MacLaine. See more »

Quotes

Howard Brubaker: Ha-ka-SAY-a-wa!
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Soundtracks

Safari Club
Written by Marvin Hamlisch
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Intermittently enjoyable Lemmon romantic comedy.
1 November 2001 | by jckruizeSee all my reviews

Typically good Jack Lemmon performance enhances this uneven Hal Dresner script that strains too hard to be whimsical. Great supporting cast, with Charles Boyer, Myrna Loy and Peter Lawford standouts. Catherine Deneuve is impossibly beautiful in this, one of her few American films, and her melancholy is nicely balanced by Lemmon's trademark veneer of glibness masking a streak of cynicism. Lovely score by Marvin Hamlisch, with the title song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Very 60's in milieu and cinematography, but the two leads especially lend some unexpected poignancy to the plot shenanigans.


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