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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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Fresh and alive...romantic and FUNNY! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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

Quotes

Catherine Gunther: [In the elevator] I don't mean to sound too forward. My name is Catherine.
Howard Brubaker: Oh, ah, Brubaker... Howard...
Catherine Gunther: Brubaker?
Howard Brubaker: How do you do.
[Awkward pause]
Howard Brubaker: I never know what to say in an elevator.
[Nervously laughs and another pause]
Howard Brubaker: Some party, huh?
Catherine Gunther: Some party good, or some party bad?
Howard Brubaker: Ah... some good and some bad. On the average for that type of party, I'd say it was... average.
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Soundtracks

I Remember The Rain
Written by Marvin Hamlisch and Joel Hirschhorn
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The April Fools
17 August 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Lemmon and Deneuve star in this lovely romantic-comedy about two unhappy people who fall in love, trying to escape their past and live for the future. Dogged by many critics, Lemmon and Deneuve are a great pair, along with the comic hijinks of Jack Weston and Harvey Korman, both wonderful towards the end of the film. This was also Lawford's best film performance. Only problem: Both Boyer and Loy are wasted. Quick pace. Great chemistry and also a nice title song by Dionne Warwick.


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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,832,139
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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