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Release Date:
20 November 1961 (USA) See more »
Louis Malle's Comedy With No Holds Barred ! See more »
This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Ten-year-old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Brilliancy and annoyance all in one. See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Catherine Demongeot ... Zazie

Philippe Noiret ... Oncle Gabriel

Hubert Deschamps ... Turandot
Carla Marlier ... Albertine
Annie Fratellini ... Mado
Vittorio Caprioli ... Trouscaillon
Jacques Dufilho ... Ferdinand Grédoux
Yvonne Clech ... Madame Mouaque
Odette Piquet ... La mère de Zazie
Nicolas Bataille ... Fédor
Antoine Roblot ... Charles
Marc Doelnitz ... M. Coquetti
Jacques Gheusi ... Le gérant
Christine Howard
Louis Lalanne ... L'amant de Jeanne
Little Bara ... Permanent
Georges Faye ... Permanent
De Lannoy ... Permanent
Paul Vally ... Permanent
Jean-Yves Bouvier ... Permanent (as J.Y. Bouvier)
Jean-Pierre Posier ... Permanent (as J.P. Posier)
Jeanne Allard ... Permanent
Jacqueline Doyen ... Permanent
Arlette Balkis ... Permanent
Alegrina ... Permanent
Virginie Merlin ... Permanent
Irène Chabrier ... Permanent
Simone Duhart ... Permanent
Max Desrau ... Permanent
Claude Confortès ... Permanent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Bigotini (as De Conink)

Claude Berri ... Waiter (uncredited)

Sacha Distel ... Cameo appearance (uncredited)
Pâquerette ... (uncredited)
Jean Rupert ... Un touriste (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis Malle 
Writing credits
Raymond Queneau (novel)

Louis Malle  &
Jean-Paul Rappeneau 

Produced by
Louis Malle .... producer
Jean-François Malle .... producer (uncredited)
Napoléon Murat .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Fiorenzo Carpi 
André Pontin 
Cinematography by
Henri Raichi 
Film Editing by
Kenout Peltier 
Production Design by
Bernard Evein 
Costume Design by
Marc Doelnitz 
Makeup Department
Aïda Carange .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Irénée Leriche .... production manager
Hubert Mérial .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philippe Collin .... first assistant director
Olivier Gérard .... second assistant director
Richard Bigotini .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Marc Frédérix .... first assistant decorator
William Klein .... artistic consultant
Charles Merangel .... set dresser
Sound Department
André Hervée .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Louis Castelli .... still photographer
Jean Charvein .... camera operator
André du Breuil .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Yvette Bertrand .... assistant editor
Claudine Merlin .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jacques Métehen .... conductor
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... script girl
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Zazie dans le Metro" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
"Zazie in the Subway" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
"Zazie in the Underground" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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93 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-8 | Germany:6 (re-rating) | Italy:VM16 | Italy:T (re-rated 2014) | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:11 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2006) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)

Did You Know?

In the scene where the characters are looking down from the balcony at the cab driver and the waitress embracing, after the line: 'Okay, hurry up', there is an overhead shot of a man eating at a table. Next to him, there is an issue of the October 1959 issue of Mad Magazine.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When the policeman is harassing the sexy blonde lady with the blue dress, the crew is visible on the windows of one of the cars passing by.See more »
Uncle Gabriel:In 20 years, there won't be teachers anymore. They'll all be replaced by movies, TV, electronics, stuff like that. That was in the paper the other day too.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Le Paris de Zazie (2005) (V)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Brilliancy and annoyance all in one., 3 August 2013
Author: Rodrigo Amaro ( from São Paulo, Brazil

"Zazie dans le Metro" is the kind of movie that owes its relative positive outcomes more to its style than to its comedy of errors kind of humor. Having been made as an American film and this would be considered a disaster. Why? It would lose in style, technique, good cultural references and meaningful message. Don't be fooled, "Zazie" has a message in between scenes. Despite an apparent lovely child as the main character and the apparent comedic routine of the film, this is more inclined to be a grown up's picture than one suitable for children - they can watch but the easily impressible ones in the audience will keep asking their parents the meaning some of the words used by the girl, many of them cursing. So, if you want to insist on watching this with a kid be warned that you're going to be just like the adult characters of this explaining everything to the kid.

It tells the story of a 12 year-old country girl (Catherine Demongeot) who is left with her uncle (Philippe Noiret), a performer artist, while her mother is spending a lovely time with her boyfriend. She flees from the house with the intent of taking the subway, but that plan fails because they're on a strike, so the rest of the movie is her sort of understandable childish behavior against the fact, so she explores the city and creates a lot of confusion against anyone she sees.

Cartoonish, filled of speed-up images, running as if it were an imitation of a Bugs Bunny gag, "Zazie dans le Métro" would be an interesting film if it had some coherence rather than just creating images just for fun. An adventurous piece about a girl discovering herself and learning about what growing up means, ultimate message of the film, would be great. The clownish tone of it was distractive and flat. I was reminded of "Amèlie", since it shared a young female's magical and unusual vision around a big city, it's her small world colliding very beautifully with other persons, other realities, forming a reflexive image about society. Both are colorful and fast paced works, carried with visual style and splendorous editing tricks. "Amèlie" is better because it has somewhere to go while "Zazie" is pure slapstick, losing humor the more it progresses.

It's not a bad movie, but it's not so dignifying of having a terrific director like Louis Malle writing and directing it and let's face it, humor doesn't suit him. His greatest works are all dramas (see "Au Revoir Les Enfants" or "Damage"). It's a good picture, indeed, genius in its creative compositions, elaborated sequences (the breathless one in the Eiffel Tower takes the cake), paying an homage to the silent era but it's a real tough break to endure the annoying little brat, her mannerisms and language (not believable in the 1960's context) which isn't funny or humored because she's mistreating people who are good to her and undeserving of such treatment.

I liked what I saw even though I laughed only once or twice. Mr. Noiret was a class act and made this a very enjoyable film along with the great locations. And don't be fooled by the false advertising, she only spends ten seconds in the subway and doesn't even notice. 6/10

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