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Up to His Ears (1965)
"Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine" (original title)

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The farcical adventures of unhappy suicidal billionaire Arthur Lempereur.

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Arthur Lempereur
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Alexandrine Pinardel
Maria Pacôme ...
Suzy Ponchabert
Valérie Lagrange ...
Alice Ponchabert
Valéry Inkijinoff ...
Mr. Goh
Joe Saïd ...
Charlie Fallinster
Mario David ...
Roquentin
Paul Préboist ...
Cornac
Jess Hahn ...
Cornelius
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Leon
Darry Cowl ...
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Turbulent, fast-paced comedy adventure (one of the best of its time) about unhappy billionaire Belmondo, whose suicide attempts keep failing. When he hires some killers to do him in, he falls in love with beautiful Andress and wants to reverse the deal. Belmondo is ideally suited to this role, exotic locations and lots of stunts make this a joy to watch. A worthy companion piece to the Bond movies of that time.

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Up the Himalayas... Up the Yang-tze... Up in a balloon... Up-stage with a stripper... Up-town in Hong Kong... You can't keep a great adventurer down

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Comedy | Adventure

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4 December 1965 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Chinese Adventures in China  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This film is loosely based on the 1879 novel Tribulations of a Chinaman in China by Jules Verne. See more »

Goofs

Two insurance company agents embark an orange and black Hillman taxicab No.125, but they crash being in a different car afterwards (black Ford Zephyr). Then they embark the same taxicab again. See more »

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Referenced in Vente a ligar al Oeste (1972) See more »

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fun to watch...Raiders of the lost Chinese
14 May 1999 | by (Freiburg) – See all my reviews

this is a remake of "L'homme de Rio" of the same director and also starring Belmondo. The producers told De Broca to make a "super"-L'homme de Rio this time. But the comedy is taken a bit too far this time, which means the border to pure slapstick is crossed several times throughout the movie, which is unfortunate. Also the actor of the suicidal millionaire and the actor playing his butler should have switched roles; I think even the director stated that once in an interview.

There are several references to its preceding movie, most obvious; in one scene the girl calls Belmondo "Arthur" instead of "Adrien"; "Arthur" was the name of Belmondos character in the first movie. In the first movie Belmondo asks his girl; "what's next, are we going to China?".

User reviews of "L'homme de Rio" correctly mention the fact that Spielberg very obviously was inspired by that '63 French movie when making Indiana Jones. Well, watch this movie and you will experience even more deja-vus.

This is a well done and very entertaining adventure-comedy movie. Go see it.


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