MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 35,420 this week

The Sheep Has Five Legs (1954)
"Le mouton à cinq pattes" (original title)

6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 350 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 5 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

Writers:

(dialogue), (story), 6 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 267 titles
created 21 Jan 2012
 
Vus
a list of 1799 titles
created 30 Mar 2012
 
a list of 3690 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
 
a list of 80 titles
created 04 Jul 2013
 
list image
a list of 119 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Sheep Has Five Legs (1954)

The Sheep Has Five Legs (1954) on IMDb 6.9/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Sheep Has Five Legs.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

We are on the set of "Salò or the 120 days of Sodom". Pasolini lets a small camera team led by the journalist Gideon Bachmann follow him around engaging him in a long and extraordinary ... See full summary »

Director: Giuseppe Bertolucci
Stars: Franco Merli, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Salò Cast & Crew
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon)... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Claude Cerval
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Joe Calvert (Fernandel) is a nearsighted, friendly man who works as a clerk in a large department store, who gets into embarrassing situations when he isn't wearing his glasses. Since Joe ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Fernandel, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Louis Seigner
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Leon Alastray is an outlaw who has been given sanctuary by Father John, whom he then escorts to the village of San Sebastian. The village is deserted, with its cowardly residents hiding in ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Anjanette Comer, Charles Bronson
The Guest (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A love story between leaving and staying... "The Guest" Oktay, in his first night in his hometown Kutahya, coming from many years in Paris, faces the reasons that kept him away from home ... See full summary »

Director: Ozan Aksungur
Stars: Halit Ergenç, Lale Mansur, Murat Mahmutyazicioglu
Mother (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Omar Sharif, Nathalie Roussel
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Set during World War II, and stuck on the beaches near Dunkirk, Julien Maillat tries to join England by boat with the English Army, but cannot succeed. He , then, tries to organize the life... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Spaak, Georges Géret
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A doctor in southern France takes a mistress but lives to regret it.

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Fernandel, Françoise Arnoul, Jacques Castelot
The Cow and I (1959)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1942, a French prisonner of war in Germany decide to escape to France using a cow hold by a lunge as a decoy. He cross all Germany in this way.

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Fernandel, Pierre-Louis, Ellen Schwiers
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An abused wife leaves her husband, takes her child away and goes to live in a car.

Director: Dalibor Matanic
Stars: Marija Skaricic, Janko Popovic Volaric, Kresimir Mikic
Interventsiya (1969)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The movie is set during the last days of foreign intervention agains Soviet Russia. Police are searching everywhere for a bolshevik named Brodsky but cannot find him. Meanwhile, a man named... See full summary »

Director: Gennadi Poloka
Stars: Vladimir Vysotskiy, Yuliya Burygina, Yuri Tolubeyev
Le blé en herbe (TV Movie 1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Serge Meynard
Stars: Marianne Basler, Matthieu Rozé, Sophie Aubry
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Édouard Saint-Forget / Les quintuplés : Alain, Bernard, Charles, Désiré et Etienne
Françoise Arnoul ...
Marianne Durand-Perrin
Andrex ...
Un marin
Michel Ardan ...
Un marin
Edmond Ardisson ...
Le brigadier
Georges Chamarat ...
M. Durand-Perrin, le père
Édouard Delmont ...
Le docteur Bollène
Paulette Dubost ...
Solange Saint-Forget
Ky Duyen ...
Un chinois (as Ky-Duyen)
...
Pilate (as Louis de Funes)
Leopoldo Francés ...
Le métis
Micheline Gary ...
L'hôtesse de l'instutut de beauté
René Génin ...
Le maire
Denise Grey ...
Mme Durand-Perrin, la mère
Tony Jacquot ...
L'instituteur
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Incomparable FERNANDEL...in a delightful 'tour de force" See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 September 1954 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Sheep Has Five Legs  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The story of Father Charles, who hides away because he is laughed at due to his similarity to "that priest in the movies", is a reference to the series of films being made at that time in which Fernandel played Don Camillo. See more »

Connections

References The Little World of Don Camillo (1952) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
THE SHEEP HAS FIVE LEGS (Henri Verneuil, 1954) ***
14 February 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

French comic Fernandel occupies basically the same niche as Jerry Lewis and Norman Wisdom do in American and British cinema respectively: his immense popularity is as much a mystery to this viewer as his particular brand of fooling – prone to excessive mugging and with pathos never too far away – is resistible. To be fair to him, he tried his hand more regularly at serious fare, finding a congenial rapport with such luminaries as Marcel Pagnol, Julien Duvivier (who also started the star off on the series revolving around his signature role of Don Camillo – which even gets a delightful lampoon here, but more on this later) and the director of this film.

A favourite premise with star comedians is their showing off in multiple roles: in fact, Fernandel here plays a family patriarch and his five offsprings; frankly, I was surprised he did not include a female impersonation among the lot – but the characters are, in any case, sufficiently differentiated between them. Typically, some get more attention than others: however, this eventually pays off here when one of them himself becomes the father of sextuplets (to go along with the four he already had!).

The narrative follows a necessarily episodic structure, which invariably yields hits and misses throughout; still, the highlights are pretty memorable: the bucolic old man's noisy disapproval of a highbrow play being staged inside an amphitheatre; the ne'er-do-well family man's tenure with creepy funeral director Louis De Funes (who would grow to similar stardom by the next decade) – on the other hand, his brushes with a celebrated beautician sibling are less successful...but do feature a surprising amount of nudity!; a journalist, reduced to serving as "Agony Aunt" on a magazine, is mistaken for a young woman's wealthy but middle-aged intended when he goes to visit her stuffy family actually bearing the news of the man's sudden death; a 'salty dog' engages first in routine card-play with various shifty types and then, after he loses everything (including the ship's cargo), an intense game of chance involving a fly and two pieces of sugar in an effort to retrieve his losses and make a 'killing' besides (this, too, is a fairly risqué scene – showing a girl in the skimpiest of South Sea attires!); a curate has become reclusive because the locals do not take him seriously on account of him being a dead-ringer for the afore-mentioned Don Camillo!

The movie received an Oscar nomination for the heavily-credited story, following its 1955 U.S. release; incidentally, an unspecified prize did go its way at the Locarno International Film Festival. To be honest, having watched this, I am willing to cut Fernandel some slack by approaching his filmography with more of an open mind (I do own a fair amount to tide me over) – if anything, I ought to give his "Don Camillo" outings a glance at long last...having missed out on them countless times on Italian TV ever since my childhood days!


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Sheep Has Five Legs (1954) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?