Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953)
"Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  16 June 1954 (USA)
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Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc.



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Complete credited cast:
Louis Pérault ...
André Dubois ...
Lucien Frégis ...
Hotel Proprietor (as Lucien Fregis)
René Lacourt ...
Strolling Man
Raymond Carl ...
Nathalie Pascaud ...
Micheline Rolla ...
The Aunt (as Michèle Rolla)
Valentine Camax ...
Suzy Willy ...
Commandant's Wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marguerite Gérard ...
Strolling Woman


Monsieur Hulot goes on a holiday to a seaside resort, but accidents and misunderstandings follow him where ever he goes. The peace and quiet of the hotel guests don't last very long with Hulot around, because although his intensions are good, they always turn out catastrophically. Written by Leon Wolters <>

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It's laugh-vacation time as Jacques Tati romps through the most gloriously mad lark ever to tickle the ribs of young and old alike!




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16 June 1954 (USA)  »

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Mr. Hulot's Holiday  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This marks the first film appearance of Jacques Tati's iconic character, Monsieur Hulot. See more »


When Hulot tries to get a book around another person, a book appears on the lamp table from nowhere. See more »


Opening Titles: Mr. Hulot is off for a week by the sea. Take a seat behind his camera, and you can spend it with him. Don't look for a plot, for a holiday is meant purely for fun, and if you look for it, you will find more fun in ordinary life than in fiction.
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All summers used to be like this
8 April 2003 | by (Penarth, Wales) – See all my reviews

It doesn't matter if you're British, not French : all the holidays of our childhoods were like this. Clear, unbroken skies, relatively empty beaches, chaos at the railway station, half the people acting strangely, the other half unyieldingly the same. There are two points where I laughed uncontrollably for several minutes, and that's more than in most films these days ! The rest is beautifully observed and more quietly funny, although Tati's use of sound can get a little irritating. And, yes, there were a number of versions of the film as Tati added bits over the years : for instance, the 'Jaws' sequence was added after Spielberg's film was released.

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