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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 ... Himself (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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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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Taglines:

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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Details

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)

Gross USA:

$2,200,000, 31 December 1979
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the Countess is reading the names of the rich and famous who have sent condolences, she pauses when she reads Marlene Dietrich's name, calling her a "real fighter." Dietrich had been directed by Billy Wilder in "A Foreign Affair" and "Witness for the Prosecution." See more »

Goofs

At minute 32, when Dr. Vando is shown the film script, he reaches for his reading glasses and reads the title. He shouldn't have to use the glasses because as we have seen before the title is printed in very large characters. See more »

Quotes

The Countess: Remember those days? Moral turpitude? You could have six husbands but you couldn't have an illegitimate child. Now you can have six children and no husband and who cares.
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Connections

References Love (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Cretan Wine Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Reg Owen
Berry Music Ltd
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Keep young and beautiful!
23 January 2003 | by kennethwright2612See all my reviews

Billy Wilder revisits the territory of his Hollywood Babylon classic Sunset Boulevard, with the same male lead (William Holden) in an almost identical role as a washed-up screenwriter trying to get to a reclusive and mysteriously ageless one-time screen queen in order to pitch her a comeback script. Story elements include Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray and (off-screen) the many mad-doctor yarns of the 1930s and 1940s in which Boris Karloff messes about with Things We Were Never Meant To Know. Looks great in a brittle and glitzy 1970s way, as befits its scornfully depicted international-rich-white-trash milieu. Essentially it's a sombre but humanistic sermon on the hopeless worship of physical youth and beauty: as a medieval English writer put it, "who sows hope in the flesh reaps bones". A very relevant film for our narcissistic times, its only big flaw is that it's a mighty chilly piece of work, easier to admire than to love.


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