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La Grande Vadrouille (1966)

La grande vadrouille (original title)
A RAF Bomber is shot down over Paris by the Germans. Its crew land there by parachute. With the help of some French civilians they try to escape over the demarcation line into the southern ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Augustin Bouvet
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Stanislas Lefort
Claudio Brook ...
Peter Cunningham
Andréa Parisy ...
Soeur Marie-Odile / Sister Marie-Odile
Colette Brosset ...
Germaine
Mike Marshall ...
Mary Marquet ...
Mère Supérieure
Pierre Bertin ...
Le grand-père de Juliette - propriétaire du guignol
Benno Sterzenbach ...
Major Achbach
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Juliette
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Sir Reginald
Sieghardt Rupp ...
Lt. Stuermer
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Un caporal allemand
Helmuth Schneider ...
L'officier allemand dans le train (as Helmut Schneider)
Paul Préboist ...
Le pêcheur
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Storyline

A RAF Bomber is shot down over Paris by the Germans. Its crew land there by parachute. With the help of some French civilians they try to escape over the demarcation line into the southern part of France, still not occupied by the Germans. Written by Gerard Bader <badergac@wxs.nl>

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Comedy | War

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Release Date:

8 December 1966 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La Grande Vadrouille  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Louis de Funès (Stanislas) is viewed playing the piano when he is at the Paris Opera House. In reality, during World War II, de Funès played the piano in bars in Paris during the occupation. See more »

Goofs

When Stanislas and Antoine enter Mersault and are standing in the place across from the Hotel du Globe, a modern lit up sign for the hotel stands above the doorway. In World War II, no lights were permitted outside that could be viewed from the air so if the sign had been there, it would have been dark. See more »

Quotes

Sir Reginald: MacIntosh, look at that lovely thing over there.
Alan MacIntosh: The nun, sir?
Sir Reginald: Bloody fool, the car!
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Connections

Referenced in La vengeance du serpent à plumes (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule, Britannia!
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
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Why is this movie so funny?
25 December 2004 | by (Pembroke, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Why is this movie so funny? And why is it universally judged to be so by people who don't understand French culture? I have asked myself this question while watching it for the Nth time and while asking myself why most Hollywood 'comedies' made today are not funny at all. I believe that the answer is that the basis of all comedy is to make fun of someone. Here, fun is made of sexual stereotypes, of the British, of the French and, most of all, of the Germans, Nazis in this case. Hollywood has become so politically-correct that it now only dares make fun of a WASP male in a business suit, and of no one else. Take the case of 'The Birdcage', a remake of the French comedy 'La cage aux folles' made some 20 years earlier. Being bilingual, I can testify that the original version is immensely more funny than the Hollywood remake. That is because the Hollywood bean-counters, who like to pass themselves off as artistic decision-makers, toned down most of the fun that had been made of homosexuals in the original movie. Ask Shakespeare or Moliere: the play or movie will be funny only if it pokes cruel fun at someone, provided it is not at you. Sorry for the politically-incorrect opinion.


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