MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,231 this week

The Sad Sack (1928)
"Tire au flanc" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  18 July 1928 (France)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 143 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 2 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

Writers:

(based on the play by), (based on the play by), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 23 Nov 2013
 
list image
a list of 9997 titles
created 26 Nov 2013
 
a list of 4151 titles
created 8 months ago
 
list image
a list of 1761 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Sad Sack" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Sad Sack (1928)

The Sad Sack (1928) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Sad Sack.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay
Le Million (1931)
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Annabella, René Lefèvre, Jean-Louis Allibert
Tabu (1931)
Drama | Romance | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In his final film, F.W. Murnau presents the tale of two young lovers on the idyllic island of Bora Bora in the South Pacific. Their life is shattered when the old warrior declares the girl ... See full summary »

Director: F.W. Murnau
Stars: Anne Chevalier, Matahi, Hitu
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Directors: Shintarô Ishihara, Marcel Ophüls, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marie-France Pisier, Patrick Auffay
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Sasha (Igor Fomchenko) is a small boy. He lives alone with his mother in an apartment building and spends his time practising the violin... See full synopsis »

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Stars: Igor Fomchenko, Vladimir Zamanskiy, Marina Adzhubei
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

Director: Marcel Carné
Stars: Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Michèle Morgan
Accattone (1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Silvana Corsini
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After her father's death and her uncle having drunk all the inheritance, Virginia is left alone. She is accepted by a family of bohemians but a quarrel between the bohemians and the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Catherine Hessling, Charlotte Clasis, Pierre Champagne
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Directors: Garson Kanin, Jean Renoir
Stars: Claude Dauphin, Burgess Meredith, Philip Bourneuf
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Directors: Carl Koch, Jean Renoir
Stars: Imperio Argentina, Rossano Brazzi, Michel Simon
The Army Game (1960)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Jean Lerat de la Grignotière is as full of himself as his name is long. Heeding (somewhat reluctantly to be true) the call of the Motherland he goes to the barracks where he is to ... See full summary »

Directors: Claude de Givray, François Truffaut
Stars: Christian de Tillière, Ricet Barrier, Jacques Balutin
Drama

An American movie star finds his correspondence with an 11-year-old actor exposed, prompting assumptions that begin to destroy his life and career.

Director: Xavier Dolan
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Georges Pomiès ...
...
Félix Oudart ...
Jean Storm ...
Paul Velsa ...
Louis Zellas ...
Muflot (as Zellas)
...
L'Adjudant (as Manuel Raby)
Roland Caillaux ...
Le Sergent
André Cerf ...
Un 'Bleu'
Fridette Fatton ...
Jeanne Helbling ...
Maryanne ...
Madame Blandin (as Maryane)
Kinny Dorlay ...
Lily
Esther Kiss ...
Madame Fléchais
Breugnot ...
L'Escouade
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 July 1928 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Der Drückeberger  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Comic Delight
9 January 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

TIRE AU FLANC shows Renoir to be a master of comedy and farce, with this tale of a rich, flaky poet and his servant (Simon) who both join the army and wind up in the same barracks. There's a wealth of great comic performances and witty ensemble playing, and a healthy sense of anarchy which, as Truffaut says, must have influenced Vigo's ZERO FOR CONDUCT. There's a lot going on, including landing in the brig, romantic mix-ups and some hilarious amateur theatricals at the army ball (the poet plays pan and Simon is a lady angel strung from a wire). The action is inventive and the timing is impeccable. The original sight gags are on a par with the great silent American comedies.

The visual style is audacious. There are tracking shots throughout, panning across details, pulling back for long shots, following people through crowds, etc. The opening farewell party sequence has many flash-pans, from one room to another (taken from the connecting hall), from one face to another, from one action to another. When Simon's girl sneaks into the barracks to say goodnight, the utter pandemonium is filmed with a rolling, tossing hand-held camera right in the center of the action, and lots of quick cutting that creates a sense of confusion, although it's almost always clear exactly what's happening. But when troops on maneuvers are fumbling about blindly because they have on gas-masks, they're filmed with stationary long-shots that are held for a long time, allowing nothing to distract from their antics.

A very funny film, and another masterpiece from Renoir.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Sad Sack (1928) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?