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Ready to Wear (1994)

Prêt-à-Porter (original title)
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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

Richard E. Grant says he partly based his portrayal of the extravagant Cort Romney on real-life designer Vivienne Westwood. 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 »

Connections

References Nashville (1975) See more »

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Lemon (Perfecto Mix)
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isn't this all about betrayal?
5 April 2004 | by drigmsSee all my reviews

Although some Altman films are more tightly focused on a unifying narrative thread, for instance Gosford Park or Cookie's Fortune, Pret-a-porter employs the over-lapping ensemble format perhaps best exemplified in Nashville and, to some extent, MASH. I wonder, however, whether some reviewers have not missed the point of this film. Although there is not linear narrative line, the film is unified by a theme -- that of betrayal. Everyone appears to be betraying someone else in this film, whether a spouse, partner, or close relation, and ultimately wrapped in the naked fashion parade -- the industry betraying its consumers. There are weak aspects of the "plot" to be sure, but also some great performances -- Richard E Grant stands out as a camp classic, while Rupert Everett convincingly plays straight. And how Sophia Loren manages to maintain poise, look stunning, and put in a good comedic performance while wearing hugely over-sized hats is beyond me.


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