Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom/USA, 1982. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Buckhantz-NMC Company, Peerford Ltd., Artista Management, Blake Edwards Entertainment, Ladbroke. Screenplay by Blake Edwards, based on the screenplay by Reinhold Schünzel, from a concept by Hans Hoemburg. Cinematography by Dick Bush. Produced by Tony Adams, Blake Edwards. Music by Henry Mancini. Production Design by Rodger Maus. Costume Design by Patricia Norris. Film Editing by Ralph E. Winters.
For hearty laughs and great music you can hardly do better than this delectable Blake Edwards comedy starring Julie Andrews as a starving singer in 1930s Paris. After befriending a gay nightclub singer (Robert Preston in one of his best performances) who has just been dumped by his haughty boyfriend, the two of them come up with a scheme to make the two of them the toast of gay Paree: they’ll dress her up as a female impersonator and have her perform at the swankiest nightclubs. What they don’t expect is the attention that Andrews gets from a tough-as-nails mobster (James Garner) and his jealous moll (Lesley Ann Warren, who is delightful). Edwards’ penchant for great party scenes are combined with beautiful period designs and a marvelous score by Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse (which was later adapted to the Broadway stage, with Andrews reprising the role) for the greatest success that the director ever had with his multitalented star wife.
Academy Award: Best Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score
Nominations: Best Actress (Julie Andrews); Best Supporting Actor (Robert Preston); Best Supporting Actress (Lesley Ann Warren); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Art Direction; Best Costume Design
Golden Globe Award: Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Julie Andrews)
Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Robert Preston); Best Supporting Actress (Lesley Ann Warren); Best Original Score