MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 251 this week

The Great Spy Chase (1964)
"Les Barbouzes" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Action, Thriller  |  May 1966 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 1,030 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 7 critic

A cold-war spy parody. After the death of an armaments manufacturer, an international group of spies is drawn into a high-stakes battle of wits to obtain the valuable military patents which... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(dialogue),
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 14 Feb 2011
 
a list of 3980 titles
created 09 Oct 2011
 
a list of 1482 titles
created 06 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 42 titles
created 13 Nov 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Great Spy Chase (1964)

The Great Spy Chase (1964) on IMDb 7/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Great Spy Chase.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When they realize the times are changing, five crooks decide to switch from bank robberies to personality abductions. Among their hostages are singer Johnny Hallyday and an ambassador in ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Lelouch
Stars: Lino Ventura, Jacques Brel, Charles Denner
Cop or Hood (1979)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Georges Lautner
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Georges Géret, Jean-François Balmer
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Gilles Grangier
Stars: Lino Ventura, Andréa Parisy, Robert Hirsch
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Autant-Lara
Stars: Jean Gabin, Bourvil, Jeannette Batti
The Wise Guys (1965)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Hector Valentin (Bourvil) returns to France from Canada when he inherits a small sawmill. He has difficulties restarting the run-down operation which has inefficient workers and is hampered... See full synopsis »

Director: Robert Enrico
Stars: Bourvil, Lino Ventura, Marie Dubois
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Directors: Gilles Grangier, Georges Lautner
Stars: Louis de Funès, Bernard Blier, Mireille Darc
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Jockey Jack has a bill open with a gangster just released from jail. He somehow manages to parry the gangster's knife attack backstage at a theatre and the latter ends up dead being put ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lautner
Stars: Michel Serrault, Maurice Biraud, Louis de Funès
Comedy | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Ex-gangster Fernand (Lino Ventura) receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican". The doomed mobster talks Fernand into taking care of some criminal business and ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Lautner
Stars: Lino Ventura, Bernard Blier, Francis Blanche
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Rocco and his female accomplice, Angèle hijack a truck from a trucking company in the Saharan desert. The head of the trucking company, Castigliano hires Rocco's friend, Hervé and a newly ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Lino Ventura, Reginald Kernan
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Industrialist Pierre Verdier kills his mistress Jeanne Ancelin by throwing her off a train. Her husband, Ancelin, decides to take revenge on his wife's murderer, who has been acquitted by ... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro
Stars: Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo, Franco Fabrizi
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When political thugs murder an opponent's volunteer and also kill a cop, chief inspector Verjeat believes the politician who hired them is as guilty as the murderous goon. Verjeat's pursuit... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre
Stars: Lino Ventura, Patrick Dewaere, Victor Lanoux
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mystery film about a man who finds there is another world to the one we know.

Director: Jacques Deray
Stars: Lino Ventura, Claudine Auger, Paul Crauchet
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Francis Lagneau
Francis Blanche ...
Boris Vassiliev
Bernard Blier ...
Eusebio Cafarelli
Mireille Darc ...
Amaranthe
Jess Hahn ...
Le commodore O'Brien
André Weber ...
Rossini
Louis Arbessier ...
The Swiss colonel
Jacques Balutin ...
Le douanier (scenes deleted)
Françoise Giret ...
Mme Pauline
Violette Marceau ...
Rosalinde
Anne-Marie Blot
Yves Elliot
Jean-Pierre Moutier ...
(as J.P. Moutier)
Jean-François Régnier ...
(as J.F. Régnier)
Michel Duplaix ...
Le barbouze avec Fiduc
Edit

Storyline

A cold-war spy parody. After the death of an armaments manufacturer, an international group of spies is drawn into a high-stakes battle of wits to obtain the valuable military patents which have been inherited by the lovely widow. Written by Jon von Zelowitz

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

RUN...love takes you where the spies are...PURSUE...women who are curved like weapons...Hide...with the one you seek...and the sparks fly upward...


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

May 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Great Spy Chase  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References From Russia with Love (1963) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Mireille Darc is in it, so I thought I'd watch...
20 December 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

...and I'm sorry I did, because this one is just so weak. Script by Audiard, direction by Lautner, male lead Ventura: the winning combination that made Les Tontons flingueurs so enjoyable fails miserably here. It's a spy story, see, and the French, Italian, Swiss and Russian spies, plus a whole bunch of other people are trying to kill each other to come up with the formulas for superweapons. The action is drawn out and repetitive, the corpses just mount up and the audience is not charmed by the humour (there are almost no laughs in this).

Lino Ventura and Mireille Darc as the odd couple are at least fun to look at. I have always been a fan of hers; love those pert eyes and big giblet lips that are bigger than Mick Jagger's. Watch for Jess Hahn as the American spy, he's a funny guy.


3 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Great Spy Chase (1964) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?