Gene Wilder writes, directs and stars in this extremely bubbly and highly amusing 1984 madcap romantic comedy based on Yves Robert’s 1974 French farcical film Pardon Mon Affaire (Un éléphant ça trompe énormément) with Jean Rochefort.
Wilder stars as contentedly married Teddy Pierce who gets the seven-year-itch and goes crazy with desire over gorgeous model Charlotte (Kelly LeBrock), whom he happens to see one day in a red dress.
Talented players Charles Grodin, Joseph Bologna, Judith Ivey and Gilda Radner help to turn this into what was Wilder’s best movie for some time.
Stevie Wonder won a best song Oscar for his treacly number one tune ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You’. The four four-letter words are edited out in the TV print.
Also in the cast are Michael Huddleston, Kyle T Heffner, Bill Beck, Kyra Stempel, Robin Ignico, Viola Cates Stimpson, Danny Wells, Bubby Silberman, Monica Parker, Ernest Harada, Julann Griffin, Sandra Wilder, Tammy Brewer, Noni White, John McKinney, Barbara Schweke, Larry Gilman and Milt Kogan.
Wilder directed four movies – The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, The World’s Greatest Lover, The Woman in Red and Haunted Honeymoon.
Wilder was married to Gilda Radner from 18 September 1984 till her death on 20 May 1989 of ovarian cancer, aged 42. They made three movies together, Hanky Panky, The Woman in Red and Haunted Honeymoon.
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Gene Wilder died on aged 83.