Down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler attempts to lure Fedora, a famous but reclusive film actress, out of retirement.

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Billy Wilder (screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Barry Detweiler
Marthe Keller ... Fedora
Hildegard Knef ... The Countess
José Ferrer ... Doctor Vando
Frances Sternhagen ... Miss Balfour
Mario Adorf ... Hotel Manager
Stephen Collins ... Young Barry
Henry Fonda ... President of the Academy
Michael York ... Self (as Micheal York)
Hans Jaray ... Count Sobryanski
Gottfried John ... Kritos
Arlene Francis ... Newscaster
Jacques Maury Jacques Maury ... Head Usher
Christine Mueller Christine Mueller ... Young Antonia
Ellen Schwiers ... Nurse
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Storyline

Down-on-his-luck Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler attempts to lure Fedora, a famous but reclusive film actress, out of retirement.

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Youth had been a habit of hers for so long that she could not part with it.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This was the penultimate film directed by Billy Wilder. Wilder's final film as director, released three years later was Buddy Buddy (1981). See more »

Goofs

When Doctor Vando and Dutch meet in the bar at approximately 30 minutes into the film, there is a closeup of Vando's earring. At the end of the scene as Doctor Vando leaves the bar (approximately 34 minutes), Vando points at his earring. This time, the earring is considerably thinner and smaller. See more »

Quotes

Barry Detweiler: [looking at the corpse of Fedora] They had done a good job on her considering the messy way her life had ended.
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Connections

References Love (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

The Last Spring
(uncredited)
Music by Edvard Grieg
Arranged by Miklós Rózsa
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little gem
29 April 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

Many reasons for see this little gem. the performances, the atmosphere, the crumbs of old Hollywood, the tragedy of glory in passing time. and a touching story. remembering "Sunset Blvd". but being, for its bitter poetry, so different. for me, the basic motif for see it was the presence in cast of William Holden. and this "key" works. for discover not exactly a world but a form of survive. and its precise limits. a film about the traits of past. and meeting with wise use of suggestion, from illustrious names to small details of biographies for transform the film in a form of trip across Hollywood Golden Age.


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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

English | Greek | French

Release Date:

13 September 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fedora See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,727,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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