- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 13 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 29, 1999
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Miramax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Kim Basinger &
Richard E. Grant,
Naomi Campbell &
Robert Altman &
Director of Photography:
Jean Lepine &
Robert Altman delivers another sprawling satire with READY TO WEAR, this time focusing his lens on the tightly knit, pretentious fashion industry. After a popular fashion leader dies during the most important industry gathering of the year in Paris, the question that it might have been murder creates chaos amongst the gathered participants and viewers. Affected parties include his widow, who uses this opportunity to rekindle an old relationship; the dead man's mistress, a designer who is forced to sell out to a Texas boot tycoon; three magazine editors, who all have their eyes on the same photographer; two American reporters whose affair keeps them in bed throughout the gathering; and two aging Roman lovers who are reuniting after many years. The film's many revolving characters and stories collide at the climax, an all-nude fashion show that stuns and excites the crowd. Altman's comedy boasts one of his most star-studded casts, and actors who are playing fictional characters intermingle with popular designers and models who play themselves. This fresh mixing of fiction and reality recalls the director's thrilling THE PLAYER, and the multi-layered story, the masterful NASHVILLE. Standout performances include the late Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Tim Robbins, Julia Roberts, Tracey Ullman, and a hysterical Kim Basinger.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Ready To Wear
A glittering Hollywood all-star cast shines in Robert Altman's deliciously sexy comedy hit READY TO WEAR! At the world's hottest fashion show, there's been a murder. Now, everybody's a suspect -- including two guests who end up sharing much more than a hotel room! Add to the fun a hilariously inept TV reporter on the trail of her most shocking interview yet! They're all caught up in the year's biggest see-and-be-seen events -- where steamy scandals and spectacular supermodels turn up the heat in a riotous show of high-fashion hilarity.
As the fashion world gathers in Paris for the huge Pret-a-Porter (ready to wear) show, Robert Altman weaves his own comic fabric with the impossibly self-absorbed stories of the characters in this biting satire. As in SHORT CUTS, Altman traces half a dozen or more plots, bound in this case by a mystery involving the death of the much-hated head of the fashion council--and like THE PLAYER, the film features several real-life celebrities playing themselves.
- READY TO WEAR was released theatrically on December 25, 1994.
- The film was shot on location in Paris, Moscow, and the United States.
- The film's initial American title was PRET-A-PORTER, but Miramax feared this
French title would not fare as well as at the box office, so the studio renamed it
for American release to READY TO WEAR.
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