Once in Paris... (1979)

Genres - Crime, Romance  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Playwright Frank D. Gilroy wrote and directed this subtle, down-to-earth and autobiographical depiction of an American screenwriter in Paris who befriends his chauffeur and has an affair with a British aristocrat. Wayne Rogers is Michael Moore, an American scenario writer who has traveled to Paris for the first time in his life in order to serve as a script doctor on a troubled film script. Upon arriving at the airport, he's met by his driver Jean-Paul Barbet (Jack Lenoir Gilroy's real-life chauffeur), who has served time in prison for manslaughter. Michael is assured that his chauffeur will be immediately replaced with a driver without a prison record, but Michael lets him stay, and the two become fast friends. All is going along swimmingly until Michael meets his hotel neighbor, attractive upper-class British woman Susan Townsend (Gayle Hunnicutt).

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aristocracy, chauffeur, extramarital-affair, friendship, love, motel, romance, screenwriter, writing