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Ready to Wear (1994)

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A chronicle of the interconnected lives of a group of people in the lead up to Paris Fashion Week.

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Robert Altman
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Sergei (Sergio)
Sophia Loren ... Isabella de la Fontaine
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Olivier de la Fontaine
Kim Basinger ... Kitty Potter
Chiara Mastroianni ... Sophie Choiset
Stephen Rea ... Milo O'Brannigan
Anouk Aimée ... Simone Lowenthal (as Anouk Aimee)
Rupert Everett ... Jack Lowenthal
Rossy de Palma ... Pilar (as Rossy De Palma)
Tara Leon Tara Leon ... Kiki Simpson
Georgianna Robertson ... Dane Simpson
Lili Taylor ... Fiona Ulrich
Ute Lemper ... Albertine
Forest Whitaker ... Cy Bianco
Tom Novembre Tom Novembre ... Reggie
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Storyline

A fashion show in Paris draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors, photographers. Lots of unconnected stories which all revolve around this show, and an all-star cast. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

At the world's hottest fashion show, there's been a murder and now everyone's a suspect. If you've got something to hide, you'll need something to wear. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ready to Wear See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,300,653
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Etalon Film, Miramax See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Reunites Marcello Mastroianni and Anouk Aimee who starred as husband and wife in 8 1/2 (1963). See more »

Goofs

In the hotel room, Anne Eisenhower lifts a glass of wine from Joe Flynn's dining cart with her left hand and takes a drink. Joe makes a comment and it can be seen that Anne's left arm is up to her face (she is visible from the chest down), but when we cut back to Anne the glass is in her right hand as she puts it down. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[subtitled version - opening lines are in French, the English subtitles are a very rough translation]
Olivier de la Fontaine: [opening letter] Moscow? What's this about? Put that on the desk. Dear Mr. de la Fontaine: blah, blah, blah, blah... blah, blah, blah, blah...
Isabella de la Fontaine: [to dog] Robin. Robin. I told you not to! It's dirty. You shouldn't do that. Not in the house.
[to Olivier de la Fontaine]
Isabella de la Fontaine: You're a shit.
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Crazy Credits

The film's opening scene where Mastroianni buys the 2 Dior ties is set in Moscow's Red Square and the first 2 lines of credits (a Miramax production and a Robert Altman film) appear solely in Cyrillic characters See more »

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Threadbare Altman
14 September 2003 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

I missed Ready to Wear when it was released in 1994, and finally rented the film. I had great anticipation. The fashion industry was the next to squirm under Mr. Altman's cinematic scalpel. Altman assembled a large, talented ensemble cast as usual. The locale is the annual prêt-à-porter fashion show in Paris, as a multitude of characters descend on hotels, fashion houses, restaurants, and runways; their stories intertwining and crisscrossing across a pastiche of interlocking plotlines. It'll be just like Nashville, in other words, another Altman tour de force.

Oddly and sadly, it's nothing of the sort. Ready to Wear loses its way early, and drifts aimlessly along for its lengthy 133 minute runtime. The characters lack the depth of his other films; they're poorly defined and you never really feel you get to know them. The dialogue is shallow and lacks bite. Even the little things tend to annoy; why use sidewalk dog poop as a unifying symbol? What's the point to that?

All in all I found Ready to Wear disappointing and probably my least favorite of Altman's films.


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