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The Big Runaround (1966)
"La grande vadrouille" (original title)

 -  Comedy | War  -  8 December 1966 (France)
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A RAF Bomber is shot down over Paris by the Germans. Its crew (Terry Thomas as a flight captain) land there by parachute. With the help of some French civilians (Louis De Funès in the role ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bourvil ...
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
Marie Dubois ...
Juliette
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Sir Reginald
Sieghardt Rupp ...
Lt. Stuermer
Reinhard Kolldehoff ...
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 (Terry Thomas as a flight captain) land there by parachute. With the help of some French civilians (Louis De Funès in the role of a conductor and Bourvil as a house painter) 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  »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 5,414,000 (Sweden)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was seen by 17 million people in France, a box-office record in that country until Titanic (1997). See more »

Goofs

The RAF bomber Terry-Thomas and crew are flying is mostly a B-17 Flying Fortress. This is highly unlikely, as the RAF mainly flew Lancasters, Halifaxes and, earlier on, Stirlings. See more »

Quotes

Sir Reginald: I wonder where are we now?
Alan MacIntosh: We must be over Calais sir.
Sir Reginald: [the clouds clear, then the Eiffel Tower is visible] Yeah, Calais!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Rakoczy March S. 11
Written by Hector Berlioz (uncredited)
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perhaps the best French comedy ever made...
9 February 2002 | by (Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

The setting: a British bomber is shot down (due to some navigational errors) above Paris. The crew get separated, and each of them needs the help of a few French people to escape from the occupied city, and eventually to England. Of course, evil Germans persecute them throughout the movie...

All of this is a backdrop to a wonderful comedy. It could be compared with Mel Brooks' "To be or not to be", and I believe it comes out the superior of the two. Easily the best Louis de Funes movie ever - and so, perhaps, also the best French comedy ever...


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