Number of Times Seen – Twice (Video in the 90’s and 17 Jun 2021)
Brief Synopsis – The daughter of a wealthy family’s chauffeur dreams of winning the heart of the family’s younger son.
My Take on it – Not such a great remake of a classic Billy Wilder film despite the amazing cast.
The original film with William Holden, Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn is so much more effective with a similar story.
This film stars Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond and Greg Kinnear in the roles of the romantic triangle.
Unfortunately the love triangle as presented here is just a bit too overbearing and doesn’t come across in a realistic fashion at all.
The way that New York is filmed here is beautifully done and that helps enhance the story a bit more.
The story here also doesn’t work as well because the chemistry between these characters is atrocious and doesn’t help make things feel realistic or plausible enough which is quite problematic.
The script doesn’t work as well here with these actors largely due to the fact that Director Sydney Pollack is better at doing dramas where the original director Billy Wilder was more adept at subtle comedy even in romantic situations.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sydney Pollack initially turned down the chance to direct the remake, thinking the material too dated to work effectively in 1995. Once he agreed to take it on, Pollack made sure he had the approval of the original’s director, Billy Wilder. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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