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Walk Don't Run [DVD]
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Comedy starring Cary Grant. When English industrialist Sir William Rutland (Grant) arrives in Tokyo on business, the influx of tourists for the upcoming Olympic games makes it impossible to find lodging. So Rutland fast-talks his way into sharing an apartment with beautiful Christine Easton (Samantha Eggar) for a few days. To further confuse matters, Rutland invites Steve Davis (Jim Hutton), a member of the U.S. Olympic team, to share his apartment. Three soon becomes a crowd as Rutland plays Cupid between Christine and Steve, much to Christine's dull fiancé's surprise.
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Cary Grant plays William Rutland a charming businessman; during one of his business trips to Tokyo, he persuades a young woman named Christine Easton (Samantha Eggar) to sublet her apartment, when he could not find a place to stay in the city. The two become unwilling roomies because of the gender difference. While the Christine is not too thrilled with the arrangement she tries to adjust with the new situation, but it gets a little more complicated when Rutland sublets his apartment to Steve Davis. Rutland plays cupid on two young roommates in spite of their incompatible personalities, and Christine's engagement to a boring diplomat named Julius Haversack (John Standing). Rutland meddles in the young couple's romantic problems, and goes an extra distance to pretend as a competitor of 20 kilometer walk to talk to Jim during his event, and tries to heal the differences between the young lovers. The best moments of the film are Rutland's walk in his boxer shorts and a T-shirt avoiding the police and the game regulators; and sharing the cramp apartment with the two young people. Rutland makes references to his two earlier movies; Charade and An Affair to Remember by singing the theme songs.
I learned to make coffee from this movie (a unique proportion of grounds to water) and there are many parallel mysteries as just what sport does Steve Davis compete in?
Being Grants last movie surly did not slow him down and he has those Grant expressions down pat
Walk Don't Run is one of those films that seemed to be churned out in the 1960s, a nice tight plot, a fine group of characters and some good laughs along the way all brought together with a good cast.
Grant plays businessman Sir William Rutland who turns up earlier than planned in Tokyo which is hosting the Olympic Games and, of course, there isn't a hotel room to be had. He ends up charming his way into the flat of a single girl until he can get into his hotel room. That however, isn't the signal for the usual plot, as Grant ends up playing cupid in a brilliantly unsentimental manner for the girl and an Olympic athlete he picks up along the way.
There are some very funny moments, not least when Grant ends up in an Olympic event, and all this is done with the debonair style that he displayed in Charade and as far back as Monkey Business.
Mention Cary Grant and this film would probably never enter most people's minds (probably because they will never have heard if it) and that's a real shame. Walk Don't Run is a fitting testament to a fine British actor who charmed the world. I would be amazed if anyone could find anything to dislike about this little gem of a film.
Columbia's DVD has a fine 2.35:1 transfer with trailers for Sense and Sensibility and Cat Ballou the only extras.
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When the movie arrived I was unable to play it because it said that it was not available to play because I was outside the area. Read morePublished 24 months ago by jo beth brookshire
Loved it. Cary Grant's last film where he plays "cupid" to Samantha Eggar and Jim Hutton during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Well acted, directed. 5 stars! Read more
Remake of an original Jean Arthur movie. Unlike the normal run of remakes it was superb, a masterpiece of comedy. Curl up on a rainy day and enjoy.Published on 9 Mar. 2014 by P. Stone
Very funny film with the great Cary Grant, set in Tokyo during the 1964 Olympics. Brilliant acting from all 3 leads.Published on 8 May 2013 by Anna Costin
This DVD has become a favourite. It's a comedy/ romance that keeps you entertained from start to finish, no boring bits. An excellent quality DVD. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2011 by Sharon James