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Love in the Afternoon Poster
Released Runtime Category
1957 133 Comedy, Romance
Director Language
Billy Wilder English
Actors
Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier

Love in the Afternoon

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What's it About

Hired to trail wealthy American playboy Frank Flannagan (Cooper), private eye Claude Chavasse (Chevalier) finds ample evidence he's having an affair with a married woman, and reports back to his client. When Claude's daughter, starry-eyed waif Ariane (Hepburn), overhears the cuckolded husband tell Claude he's going to settle the matter with a pistol, she rushes off to warn the philandering Frank, only to wind up in his clutches.

Why we love it

This is a delightful outing for Hepburn, who'd already been featured opposite an established, aging Hollywood star in another Wilder film ("Sabrina," with Humphrey Bogart). "Love" is a sophisticated romantic comedy with lots of Gallic joie de vivre that will brighten any rainy day. Chevalier, one of France's biggest stars, is marvelous as Hepburn's protective Dad. And Cooper, even at an advancing age, is charming in the extreme. Don't miss that famous ending at the train station — it's one of Wilder's cutest closers.

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