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One Woman or Two (1985)

Une femme ou deux (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 20 February 1987 (USA)
A scientist is busy searching for an ancient woman, and does not pay attention to modern ones. Until a day when a businesswoman decided to seduce him in order to use his sensational discoveries for commercial purposes.

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Daniel Vigne

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Élisabeth Rappeneau (dialogue), Élisabeth Rappeneau (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Julien Chayssac
Sigourney Weaver ... Jessica Fitzgerald
Ruth Westheimer ... Mrs. Heffner (as Dr. Ruth Westheimer)
Michel Aumont ... Pierre Carrière
Zabou Breitman ... Constance Michaux (as Zabou)
Jean-Pierre Bisson Jean-Pierre Bisson ... Gino Grimaldi
Yann Babilée Yann Babilée ... Alex Grimaldi
Maurice Barrier ... Le maire
Robert Blumenfeld Robert Blumenfeld ... Patrick
Michael Goldman Michael Goldman ... Le PDG Maxwell (as Michel Goldman)
Adrian Howard Adrian Howard ... L'assistante de Patrick
Axel Bogousslavsky Axel Bogousslavsky ... Antoine
Tannis Vallely ... Zoé
Jean-Quentin Châtelain Jean-Quentin Châtelain ... Homère
André Julien André Julien ... Le vieux
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An ad executive impersonates an archaeology professor to avoid a situation with an obsessed former lover. She enlists the help of a hapless archaeologist who is at the airport to pick the real archaeology professor. What follows is a series of conflicting and comical situations involving the "switcheroo." Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

20 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Woman or Two See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$179,112
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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A favorite comedy of mine; lots of love and zaniness in it.
15 January 2001 | by jack_94706See all my reviews

This film qualifies as a "laugh riot." It's not quite a "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World" kind of comedy, but full of great comic twists and turns, all centering on an anthropological discovery -- the first French fossil woman (who looks much as drawings show the famous Leakey fossil woman/hominid "Lucy" in Africa). Dr. Ruth Westheimer plays the American expert that Depardieu's character seeks out to legitimize his claims about the new fossil. Sigourney Weaver plays a poor American tourist who mistakenly gets wrapped up in the plot while seeking to escape a former lover/stalker. A fair number of scenes, all of those with Westheimer, and quite a few of Sigourney's (although she speaks French in the film, too, with an appropriately American accent) are in English. Weaver's best line, however, is in French and you'll especially enjoy it if you know the language -- just in terms of immediate impact. I refuse to give it away here, either in terms of plot or the words themselves -- but you won't have to wait long to hear it, once her character enters. Enough said. Did I mention that Depardieu turns in another first-rate starring role? -- it goes without saying. This time he plays a good-guy; his villain-roles also rate quite highly with me. Whatever he's in, even the poorly-received "Christopher Columbus" -- he makes memorable. I wouldn't recommend the "Mon Oncle" film, however, that's my one exception. It's not that he's bad in it -- it's just such a dour, dull role -- and a small part, too. But that's for another review. If you love Sigourney Weaver, men -- and to borrow a phrase, what's not to like? -- you'll want to put this film near the top of your "Must See" film list. She's at her sexiest here. It's light fare, but what's wrong with that?


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