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Where Are You From, Johnny? (1963)
"D'où viens-tu, Johnny?" (original title)

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Johnny is a young musician in Paris, France. Besides he is enjoying life, he is always in need of money. Occasionally he does some errands not knowing that he is working for the mafia. One ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Johnny
Sylvie Vartan ...
Gigi
Évelyne Dandry ...
Magali Thibault
Pierre Barouh ...
Django
Fernand Sardou ...
Gustave, dit "Le Shérif"
Mick Besson ...
Fred
Jean-Jacques Debout
Pascal Duffard ...
Guardianou (as Jean-Pascal Duffard)
Jean Franval ...
L'ancien
André Pousse ...
M. Franck
Jean-Marie Rivière ...
Tardivet
Hélène Tossy ...
Madeleine Thibault
Henri Vilbert ...
Christophe Thibault
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Marcel
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Johnny is a young musician in Paris, France. Besides he is enjoying life, he is always in need of money. Occasionally he does some errands not knowing that he is working for the mafia. One day the police overshadows him and he realizes that he is carrying drugs all of which he throws into the Seine. Now he has some mafia killers haunting him. He tries to hide in the Camarque, where his uncle lives. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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30 October 1963 (France)  »

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Da dove vieni cow boy?  »

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Johnny as Elvis.
27 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

In the sixties ,and mainly in the early sixties,French pop music was at the beck and call of America and England.Most all the songs Johnny Hallyday recorded during that time were simply French versions of such classics as "teenage idol" "when I saw her standing there" "don't play that song" "house of the rising sun",the list is endless. Fortunately the four songs of the soundtrack of "d'où viens-tu Johnny?" are originals and they are quite pleasant ,particularly the infectious "pour moi la vie va commencer" and the romantic ballad "rien n'a changé".

The movie followed the same pattern as the songs.It was intended to be an "Elvis-like" film,with a de rigueur American feel thrown in.So why not some French western.The problem lies in the fact that French has no Wild West.Never mind that,the Camargue in the south of France with its horses,its gardians (French cowboys) and its wilderness will fit the bill quite well.The plot is a vague story of drugs but who cares?The main thing is Johnny ,riding through the reeds ,"singing" à la Presley,and having fun with his friends.Johnny's girlfriend is played by his soon to be wife Sylvie Vartan whose performance is so dismal it's much fun to watch her.

By no means a good film,by a long shot,Johnny's debut retains some freshness,whereas the rest of his cinematographic career -even when he was directed by more ambitious people like Costa-Gavras or Hossein-can easily be dismissed.


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