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Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris (1992)

Ada Harris (Dame Angela Lansbury), a London charwoman in the 1950s, sees a Christian Dior dress and decides that she's going to own one. First, she scrimps and saves her money, but when she... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)

Writers:

Paul Gallico (novel), John Hawkesworth (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Ada Harris
Diana Rigg ... Mme. Colbert
Lothaire Bluteau ... Andre
John Savident ... Mr. Armont
Lila Kaye ... Vi Butterfield
Tamara Gorski ... Natasha Petitpierre
Omar Sharif ... Marquis Hippolite
Barbara Barnes Barbara Barnes
Tamsin Olivier Tamsin Olivier
Trudy Weiss
Jason Carter
Alex Knight Alex Knight
Mel Martin
Toby Whithouse
David Sterne
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Ada Harris (Dame Angela Lansbury), a London charwoman in the 1950s, sees a Christian 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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Country:

Canada | Hungary | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The date on Lord and Lady Dant's invitation to the Coronation Ball at Buckingham Palace is historically accurate. In 1953, June 5th fell on a Friday. See more »

Quotes

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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References To Catch a Thief (1955) See more »

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19 September 2002 | by keith-hewleSee all my reviews

At the end of this film I felt like kicking myself hard for not having recorded it.

To my generation Angela Lansbury was a screen siren. It is nice to see that the years have been kind to her quite apart from her still being able to deliver a consummate performance.

In one scene Mme. Colbert states that her husband was murdered by the Germans "twelve years ago". That dates the film to 1952-54. (The Germans occupied France from June 1940 until September 1944 )

Andre the accountant claims to have served in Algeria. But the Algerian problem occurred after the French expulsion from Indochina in 1954.

It would appear that history has got a little lost. Apart from the sad caricature of John Savident as the "Hinglish" hating Frenchman all the characters had depth and credibility. This film belongs to a bygone age when people went to the cinema for escapism and not to be reminded of their own sordid humanity. And that is the great sadness.

If you enjoy the current output of the film industry DONT watch this film.


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