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The Woman in Red (1984)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 15 August 1984 (USA)
On his way to work, Teddy spots Charlotte, an incredibly beautiful Woman in Red. He really wants to meet her, but what would his wife say?

Director:

Gene Wilder

Writers:

Jean-Loup Dabadie (screenplay "Un Elephant Ca Trompe Enormement") (as Jean Loup Dabadie), Yves Robert (screenplay "Un Elephant Ca Trompe Enormement") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Wilder ... Theodore Pierce
Charles Grodin ... Buddy
Joseph Bologna ... Joey
Judith Ivey ... Didi
Michael Huddleston Michael Huddleston ... Mikey
Kelly LeBrock ... Charlotte (as Kelly Le Brock)
Gilda Radner ... Ms. Milner
Kyle T. Heffner ... Richard
Michael Zorek ... Shelly
Billy Beck ... Bartender
Kyra Stempel Kyra Stempel ... Missy
Robin Ignico Robin Ignico ... Becky
Viola Kates Stimpson Viola Kates Stimpson ... Mama Dell
Danny Wells Danny Wells ... Waiter
Buddy Silberman Buddy Silberman ... Gilbert
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Storyline

Teddy is a middle-aged man who has a good wife, kids, friends and a fine job. You could say that he has everything he wants; but he doesn't. One day he sees a gorgeous woman in a red dress, and goes crazy! He must have her... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Shy, quiet Teddy Pierce wanted a little adventure. And one day it walked into his life in a red silk dress. Now his wife is packing a gun. His friends are going nuts trying to cover for him and he's about to get caught with his pants down on the six o'clock news. Be very careful of what you want... Because you just might get it. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boys will be Boys See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$25,300,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film has been memorable due to its theme tune "I Just Called to Say I Love You" sung by Stevie Wonder which won the Academy Award for Best Song. The soundtrack was also composed by Wonder and also featured performances by Dionne Warwick. See more »

Goofs

When Teddy is chatting to Charlotte whilst horse riding, he tries to explain 'the other night' (referring to the date he thought he had with her to which he did not turn up) to which she is bemused. However, Teddy had previously realized with whom he had actually been making arrangements with all along when he turned up for the second 'date' and found Ms. Milner there rather than Charlotte- so bringing this up to Charlotte makes no sense. See more »

Quotes

Teddy Pierce: You realise you might have shot me?
Didi Pierce: Oh, I would never do that... not without a reason. You're not like Joe. Do you know what he did to Theresa? Right in front of me? He had his secretary call at ten o'clock at night and say he had work to do at the office.
Teddy Pierce: He did that?
Didi Pierce: Yes.
Teddy Pierce: You men that old trick still works?
Didi Pierce: Oh, not any more.
[phone rings]
Didi Pierce: I'll get it.
[Didi answers phone]
Didi Pierce: Hello? Yes, just a minute. It's Richard.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes and throwaway shots from scenes play over the end credits. There also appears to be an unused/deleted scene where Didi is seen fending of Shelly's advances outdoors. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Woman in Pink (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Moments Aren't Moments
Written by Stevie Wonder
Drums, synthesizers: Stevie Wonder
Trumpet: Larry Gittens
Vocals: Dionne Warwick
Produced by Stevie Wonder
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Some stuff needs to mature...
4 January 2006 | by peopeomoxmoxSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie about 18 years ago and found it below average. The main reason for viewing it was may admiration for Gene Wilder after the early Mel Brooks movies... Gene Wilders appearances in The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and, not to forget although not from Mel Brooks, Silver Streak are rightfully and indisputably regarded as masterpieces by now. Compared to these highlights, I actually found The Woman in Red slightly dull.

Watching it on Cable-TV yesterday, i.e. January 2006, I got a completely different impression. I don't know if the difference is just me being 20 years older and more tuned-in with the main character, but now I experienced a warm, enjoyable movie filled with a mild madness I found most appealing. The spirit of the early 80's is very evident, this is not a timeless movie. Nevertheless, I find it more up-to-date with human emotions and behavior than most contemporary attempts in the "daily life comedy" genre.

Finally, if you - just like me - was disappointed by this one twenty years ago, give another try!


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