Bum Archimede wants to spend the winter in prison, but to get their proves not to be that easy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Hugues Guillaume Boutier-Blainville dit Archimède
M. Pichon, le second patron du café
Dora Doll ...
Mme Pichon
Paul Frankeur ...
M. Grégoire, le premier patron du café
Gaby Basset ...
Mme Grégoire
Sacha Briquet ...
Jean-Loup, l'Anglais / English Guest
Guy Decomble ...
Le chef de station de la RATP
Albert Dinan ...
Le restaurateur
Bernard La Jarrige ...
Un poissonnier (as Bernard Lajarrige)
Pierre Leproux ...
Un homme sandwich
Jacqueline Maillan ...
Mme Marjorie
Jacques Marin ...
Paul Mercey ...
Camille, le patron du bar
Gaston Ouvrard ...
Un clochard (as Ouvrard)


Bum Archimede wants to spend the winter in prison, but to get their proves not to be that easy.

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THE GENTLEMAN IS A TRAMP...And you have never seen any one like him on the screen before. Or, perhaps you have...many, many years ago before the screen found its voice. For here is the story of a man whose misfortunes will make you smile, whose triumphs will make you laugh aloud. Come and enjoy the adventures and misadventures of the most unique hero in recent cinema. You have seen Jean Gabin many times through the years...as lover, as gangster, as detective. Now see him in the role that may achieve for him immortality, to judge from the international circle of critics who have seen "The Magnificent Tramp". To quote from the London Evening Standard, "Sharp, full flavored and very, very funny. You simply must see Gabin gate-crashing a select thedanset to do the Charleston. He was my prize."


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21 August 1959 (West Germany)  »

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The Magnificent Tramp  »

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An excellent humane story filmed by Gilles Grangier about a stylish tramp (Clochard) called Archimède.
16 November 2014 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

French film "Archimède Le Clochard" is a comical tale of unendurable hardships experienced by homeless people in Paris. It is quite natural to think that any film dealing with the sad plight of homeless people would maintain a serious tone. However, this is not the case with this film as director Gilles Grangier and his screen writing associates Albert Valentin and Michel Audiard have included numerous comical situations in the film which point to the conclusion that not all tramps (clochards) are bad as they are portrayed by media and society as a whole. The most perfect example to illustrate this point is the case of our eponymous hero 'Archimède' , a tramp who cannot be called an ordinary 'clochard'. He is a stylish 'clochard' who knows perfectly well what does he expect from life and how can he get it ? The perennial superstar of French cinema monsieur Jean Gabin is the perfect reason for experiencing how a 'clochard' can be equally at ease in expressing his anger, drinking champagne with other persons of his clan or being chivalrous with graceful women. An intelligent viewer would feel regaled just by watching the manner in which he dances and quotes lines from Apollinaire. It is rather unfortunate that Truffaut ranted against Gilles Grangier and his films but "Archimède Le Clochard" would continue to inspire many viewers as it takes them closer to the sufferings experienced by homeless people in France.

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