Irma La Douce (1963)

Irma La Douce




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This romantic comedy opens with a resounding warning: its chief concerns are passion, bloodshed, desire, and death. "Everything," exclaims the narrator, "that makes life worth living." Irma La Douce (Shirley MacClaine) is Paris' most prosperous prostitute. Wise, endearing, and compulsively clad in green, Irma rules the rue Casanova. She triumphantly works the most coveted corner on a street where the cops gladly look the other way and the naughty johns leave tips. Her street is a content … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alexandre Breffort, I. A. L. Diamond, Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2001
United Artists


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as Moustache

as Amazon Annie

as Hippolyte

as Insp. LeFevre

as Lolita

as Kiki the Cossack

as Suzette Wong

as Mimi the MauMau

as Andre

as Concierge

as Police Sergeant

as Casablanca Charlie

as Zebra Twin

as Zebra Twin

as Texan Customer

as Tattooed Sailor

as Mimi the Mau Mau

as Customer

as Customer

as Poule With the Balco...

as Man With Samples

as Gen. Lafayette

as Englishman

as Prison Guard

as Narrator

as Man With Samples
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Critic Reviews for Irma La Douce

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

A good example of how a movie can be utterly characteristic of its maker and still fall with a resounding thud...

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Wilder's soft-centred cynicism provides frequent enough laughs without too many longueurs.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Lemmon is little short of brilliant...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

One of Billy Wilder's lesser films, Irma La Douce relies entirely on its two stars, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, neither of whom is particularly good or funny, despite the masks and the accents.

Full Review… | February 17, 2011

Wilder somehow sustains the lively pace and humor for the two-and-a-half hour color comedy.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Irma La Douce

This is a fun film, but it doesn't near comparison to wilder's work with the two stars in 'the apartment." ...but no one said that it should.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

This is another really funny movie from WIlder, and starring the great Jack Lemmon. The story isn't new, and it's predictable sometimes, but that doesn't make the movie an less funny.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


A brilliant comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley McClane where the charcters and situation escalate way out of control and have hilarious consequences. The humour is still fairly subtle, but this is a totally unique quirky gem of a film, which has gone straight into to my favourites list.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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