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Forget Paris (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 19 May 1995 (USA)
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Mickey, an NBA referee, meets Ellen, an American airline official, in Paris. It develops into a relationship of ups and downs.

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Billy Crystal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crystal ... Mickey
Debra Winger ... Ellen
Joe Mantegna ... Andy
Cynthia Stevenson ... Liz
Richard Masur ... Craig
Julie Kavner ... Lucy
William Hickey ... Arthur
Robert Costanzo ... Waiter
John Spencer ... Jack
Tom Wright ... Tommy
Cathy Moriarty ... Lois
Johnny Williams ... Lou
Marv Albert ... Marv Albert
Bill Walton ... Bill Walton
Charles Barkley ... Charles Barkley
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Storyline

Mickey Gordon is a basketball referee who travels to France to bury his father. Ellen Andrews, an American living in Paris, works for the airline Mickey flies on. They meet and fall in love, but their relationship goes through many difficult patches. The story is told in flashback by their friends at a restaurant waiting for them to arrive. Written by Philip Apps <apps@math.wisc.edu>

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A comedy about love... after marriage.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, including some sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Olvídate de París See more »

Filming Locations:

Arronville, Val-d'Oise, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$33,194,500
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film provides a credit for the "lighting of the Eiffel Tower." According to Billy Crystal, Paris officials required the credit in order to allow filming that showed the tower. See more »

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In the scene depicting Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's farewell-in-Detroit game, there's an NBC Sports banner in the middle of the scorers table. Kareem's final season was 1988-89, NBC did not start broadcasting the NBA until the 1990-91 season. See more »

Quotes

Mickey: I am very impressed, you've got little kids over here, 2-3 years old, and they're already speaking French.
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The mannequin "SafetyMan" is credited as being played by "Himself" See more »


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Cap'n Gentle
Written and Performed by John Pizzarelli, Martin Pizzarelli and Ray Kennedy
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You asked for it ....you got it...Toyota
5 March 2006 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

FORGET Paris is a sweet romantic comedy which Billy Crystal made after his best romantic comedy, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. This time, though, it is Debra Winger rather than Meg Ryan who is opposite him. But Winger does nicely in the Ryan part and Crystal does nicely too.

Crystal is a basketball referee who is accompanying his father's dead body to Normandy for burial. The airline sends the body to Switzerland accidentally, and Winger is the airline official who smooths Crystal's ruffled feathers. She even attends the funeral, and soon the two of them are exploring the sites of Paris together. They get on well, but Crystal has to return to the U.S. But he returns and proposes marriage. After an initial delay, Winger accepts the proposal, and we watch the resulting marriage.

It is an intensely felt love affair, but it isn't smooth. She does not like losing her high paying job in Paris to return to the U.S., nor that he is going around the country most of the time as a referee at games. He tries to work at a different job, and finds her father (William Hickey) driving him batty with his senility (he keeps repeating the Toyota automobile slogan from the 1990s). And there are more serious problems about infertility, including a funny routine when Crystal is repeatedly delayed running to a fertility clinic.

The story of their love affair and marriage is related by Joe Mantegna, Richard Masur, Julie Kavner, and John Spencer, at a dinner party in an Italian restaurant. The personalities and marriage situations of the friends of our hero and heroine get exposed too during the dinner. All of the friends give good performances as does Hickey and Robert Constanza as the world's most philosophically charming waiter. Listen to him describing various drinks.

The film is a feel good movie, and does well as such.


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