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Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot
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Release Date:
16 June 1954 (USA) See more »
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!
Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Hilarious, influential, plot less, wonderful See more (84 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jacques Tati ... Monsieur Hulot
Nathalie Pascaud ... Martine
Micheline Rolla ... The Aunt (as Michèle Rolla)
Valentine Camax ... Englishwoman
Lucien Frégis ... Hotel Proprietor (as Lucien Fregis)
Suzy Willy ... Commandant's Wife
Marguerite Gérard ... Strolling Woman
Louis Pérault ... Fred
André Dubois ... Commandant
Raymond Carl ... Waiter
René Lacourt ... Strolling Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicole Chomo ... Denise - Girl Scout with Backpack
Édouard Francomme ... Restaurant Patron
Georges Adlin ... South American (uncredited)
Pierre Aubert ... The Young Intellectual (uncredited)
César Baldaccini ... Bearded Camper (uncredited)
Michèle Brabo ... Holidaymaker (uncredited)
Pierre Clauzel ... Holidaymaker on Beach (uncredited)
Jacques Cottin ... Holidaymaker on Beach (uncredited)
Madame Cottin ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
André Dino ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Marcel Girard ... Stable Boy (uncredited)
Daniel Marquet ... Kid eating ice cream cone (uncredited)
Henri Marquet ... Restaurant Patron in Striped Shirt (uncredited)
Bernard Maurice ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
André Pierdel ... Holidaymaker on Beach (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Tati 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pierre Aubert  with the collaboration of
Jacques Lagrange  with the collaboration of
Henri Marquet  dialogue
Henri Marquet  screenplay
Henri Marquet  story
Jacques Tati  dialogue
Jacques Tati  screenplay
Jacques Tati  story

Produced by
Fred Orain .... producer
Jacques Tati .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Alain Romans 
Cinematography by
Jacques Mercanton 
Jean Mousselle 
Film Editing by
Suzanne Baron (uncredited)
Charles Bretoneiche (uncredited)
Jacques Grassi (uncredited)
Production Design by
Roger Briaucourt 
Henri Schmitt 
Set Decoration by
Henri Schmitt 
Production Management
Fred Orain .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Aubert .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Pierre Clauzel .... property master
André Pierdel .... property master
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound recordist
Roger Cosson .... sound
Guy Michel-Ange .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Trey Freeman .... restoration artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Ancrenaz .... assistant camera (as P. Ancrenaz)
André Villard .... assistant camera (as A. Villard)
Le Chevallier .... assistant camera (uncredited)
André Marquette .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fabien D. Tordjmann .... assistant camera (uncredited)
André Villard .... camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Raymond Dechanseau .... synchronization (uncredited)
Location Management
Philip Schwob .... location manager (uncredited)
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... script girl
Bernard Maurice .... general administrator
André Paulvé .... presenter
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot" - France (original title)
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114 min | Singapore:96 min | Sweden:95 min | USA:83 min | Finland:100 min (1955)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In the English version, Christopher Lee dubbed the entire film.See more »
Continuity: The second time Hulot is at the table, when he reaches across his companion, the arrangement of carafe and plates change, and the amount of wine in the carafe changes, between shots.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.See more »
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Referenced in Guest House Paradiso (1999)See more »


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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious, influential, plot less, wonderful, 10 October 2004
Author: curtis martin from Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain

"Mr. Hulot's Holiday" is a terrific comedy. But be warned, it is also deliberately paced, almost lacking in dialog, and absolutely plot less. In order for you to enjoy this film, you must not wait for the "story" to begin--there is not one. In fact, the film is not much more than a series of sight gags held together by a single set of characters and a single locale--but as such, it is brilliant.

Director/Star Tati's work in the Hulot films was an obvious influence on the solo films of Jerry Lewis a decade later. It is amazing that the French purportedly think Lewis a genius when in fact his best films (such as "The Bellboy," "The Ladies Man," "The Errand Boy," etc) borrow from the Tati style to the point of plagiarism.

Well, the original is better, and you don't have to endure the constant mugging.

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