Stars: Gene Wilder, Donald Sutherland, Hugh Griffith, Jack MacGowran, Billie Whitelaw
Genre: Comedy, History
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 90 minutes
Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland play two sets of identical twins who are mismatched at birth shortly before the French Revolution. One pair is reared as royalty; the other is raised as the children of peasants. The plot in this film by Bud Yorkin is a wonderful mishmash of Dumas, Victor Hugo, and Molière, with the peasant brothers joining the revolutionaries while their bizarrely foppish siblings eat cake and ignore the events around them. Wilder and Sutherland are joined by a who's who of British comedy stars, including Billie Whitelaw, Hugh Griffith, and Victor Spinetti (and a cameo by Orson Welles)--yet this film flopped upon release, only to become a cult item among college students of the period. --Marshall Fine
What brings you to Paris?
Oh, you might say a little business...
...and a little pleasure.
Which do you prefer? Business, or pleasure?
Well that depends on what you regard as business.
And, what you may regard as pleasure!
In Paris we say, business is pleasure.
And to us, pleasure is our business.
Then your business should be a pleasure, making my pleasure a business.
Unless, some mistake business for pleasure. While others know no business but pleasure.
In that case sir I will show you my business.
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