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Film / The Woman in Red

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"Two women waiting for me in the middle of the night. Crazy as it seems... I had adventure in my life."
Teddy Pierce

The Woman in Red is a 1984 Romantic Comedy film directed by Gene Wilder, who stars along with Kelly LeBrock (in her film debut), Gilda Radner, and Charles Grodin. It is an English-language remake of the 1976 French film Un éléphant ça trompe énormément, also known as Pardon Mon Affaire, and owes a great debt to The Seven Year Itch.

The plot centers around Teddy (Wilder), a Happily Married man who, while leaving work one day, sees Charlotte, a beautiful model (LeBrock) in a red dress, walk over an air vent, causing her skirt to blow up before she puts it back down. She starts walking away, then changes her mind and walks back to the air vent and dances on it as the wind blows up her skirt. Teddy spends the bulk of the movie pursuing her, even attempting to learn how to ride a horse, while keeping his wife, Didi (Judith Ivey), in the dark. The film won the Academy Award for Best Song for Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called To Say I Love You."


As usual, you can find the basics at IMDB.

"The Woman in Red, the Woman in Red, like fine wine her tropes are going straight to my head":

  • The Alleged Car: Teddy is frustrated with the windshield wipers and wonders aloud what he would do if he had a date.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Basically the point of the story. This was even acknowledged in the tag line on the original poster.
  • Blatant Lies: Teddy telling the stable keeper that he'd been riding horses since he was a boy.
    • Also, Teddy not telling Charlotte that he's married.
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  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Mentioned on the original poster.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Charlotte's robe is lying on the bed.
  • Closet Shuffle: Teddy hides from Charlotte's husband on the ledge.
  • Cool Car: The limousine Teddy and Charlotte ride in to her apartment.
  • Foreign Remake: Seen as the film that initiated the trend of Hollywood remaking French films.
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  • Green-Eyed Monster: Didi, Teddy's wife, describes herself as a "very jealous woman."
  • Likes Older Women: The punk is interested in Didi.
  • Lover's Ledge: The film is a Whole Episode Flashback showing why Gene Wilder is on a ledge in a woman's bathrobe as a crowd gathers below. They think he's a jumper.
  • Media Classifications: It was one of the original three films to be rated PG-13, with Red Dawn (1984) and Dreamscape, which were all released on August 15, 1984.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Charlotte, of course
  • Only Sane Man: At what turns out to be Teddy's birthday party, where Charlotte discovers Teddy had been lying to her, his friends make the save by telling him about Joey breaking down (see Wounded Gazelle Gambit below) since Teddy is "the voice of reason."
  • Pet Homosexual: Buddy (Charles Grodin), who is gay but basically acts not very differently from Joey or Mikey.
  • Punk: Teddy's daughter's date has a classic mohawk.
  • Remake Cameo: The pilot in the photo of Charlotte's husband is actually Jean-Loup Dabadie, one of the writers of Un éléphant ça trompe énormément.
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Running Gag: Ms. Milner (Gilda Radner) constantly attacking Teddy's car.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Joey pulls one, acting like he's going crazy and saying that he needs to kill his wife as a way for he, Buddy, and Mikey to get Teddy to Charlotte's photo shoot.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Teddy, Charlotte. His friends have their own issues.

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