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Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris (1992)

Ada Harris, a London charwoman in the 1950's, sees a Dior dress and decides that she's going to own one. First, she scrimps and saves her money, but when she has enough, and takes a trip to... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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A new adaptation of Paul Gallico's much-loved novel about a cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls in love with an haute couture dress by Christian Dior and decides to gamble everything for the sake of this folly.

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Ada Harris, a London charwoman in the 1950's, sees a Dior dress and decides that she's going to own one. First, she scrimps and saves her money, but when she has enough, and takes a trip to Paris, she learns that buying an original couture creation is a little harder than simply plunking down cash. Along the way to her goal, she manages to befriend a count, unite young lovers, and dodge customs. Written by Kathy Li

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When Ada (Angela Lansbury) turns down Vi's invitation to go the cinema so she can put the money toward her Dior dress, Vi (Lila Kaye) urges her to reconsider, emphasizing that "it's Cary Grant and Grace Kelly!" The film to which she refers, To Catch a Thief (1955), wasn't released until two years after the scene takes place. See more »

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Marcelle: Mademoiselle - you have the body of a young woman!
Mrs. Ada Harris: Oh don't you give me none of that - flattery will get you nowhere! I bet he says that to all the girls!
Marcelle: No! Most of them are fat old trouts!
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Angela Lansbury shines in a lovely little film
27 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Now I am not going to say that this is the best movie ever or anything, but I loved Mrs 'Arris Goes To Paris. It is truly delightful and very charming, with a nice message especially. The story is nice and simple, and is one that never meanders with many charming scenes. The film is nice to look at as well, no special effects or anything just some nice rosy cinematography and Parisian scenery, that's more than enough for me. The music is lovely, delightful and somewhat authentic too, and the script is nice and fluffy like, as I have said already, a soufflé. The direction is good too, but it is in the acting where the film really shines. Angela Lansbury is wonderful yet again, while Diana Rigg is stunning and Omar Shariff charming. So overall, a really nice and pleasant little film. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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