The April Fools

"Twenty-four hours in the life of a guy who's ready for something. (Isn't she something?)"
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The April Fools is a U.S. romantic comedy movie that was written by Hal Dresner and directed by Stuart Rosenberg. The film, produced by Gordon Carroll and Carter De Haven Jr. for National General Pictures, features Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve in the starring roles. The story follows an average, bored married man called Howard Brubaker (played by Jack Lemon) who meets a very beautiful woman called Catherine Gunther (played by Catherine Deneuve) at a cocktail party. They spend a delightful evening having casual conversation while walking around outside of the party. Clearly, they are attracted to each other but do not realize just how much.

Catherine’s husband, (played by Peter Lawford) is a womanizer and treats her very poorly. She is aware of his affairs as he makes no secret of them. She realizes that while she was first mesmerized by his charisma and money, it was only a shallow connection. Howard is also in an unhappy marriage, if only due to a lack of passion and interest. The fact that he also has a 5-year-old son only complicates his feelings; however, it is not apparent that it dissuades him from seeing her.

The couple make hasty plans to spend time together as quickly and as often as possible. Howard has a duel with Andre (played by Charles Boyer) due to an argument. Howard decides to leave his wife (played by Sally Kellerman) and his child. Then he quits his high-paid executive position.

Howard’s friend, Potter Shrader (played by Jack Weston) is inebriated but drives him to the airport, dangerously weaving in and out of the traffic so that he can get off to Paris.

What none of them know is that Catherine is actually the wife of Howard’s new boss. This makes things even more complex when he confronts Howard and Catherine at the airport just before they are to take off to live in Paris.

| 1969 | 1 hr 35 min | 6.2/10
Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve, Peter Lawford, Jack Weston
Stuart Rosenberg
Produced By
Gordon Carroll, Carter De Haven Jr. (associate producer)
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