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La Grande Vadrouille (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 overview, first billed only:
Bourvil ...
Augustin Bouvet
Stanislas Lefort
Claudio Brook ...
Peter Cunningham
Andréa Parisy ...
Soeur Marie-Odile / Sister Marie-Odile
Colette Brosset ...
Mike Marshall ...
Mary Marquet ...
Mère Supérieure
Pierre Bertin ...
Le grand-père de Juliette - propriétaire du guignol
Benno Sterzenbach ...
Major Achbach
Marie Dubois ...
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


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 <>

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Comedy | War


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Release Date:

8 December 1966 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Don't Look Now: We're Being Shot At  »

Box Office


SEK 5,414,000 (Sweden)

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Technical Specs


| (cut) | (PAL DVD)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Germaine: Vous dormirez bien Messieurs. Schlafen Sie gut! Je suis très à cheval sur la literie!
Major Achbach: A cheval?
Germaine: [trying to make herself better understood] Oui à cheval sur la liter... A cheval... Oui...
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the filler that broke records
18 February 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Released in Australia as DON'T LOOK NOW...WE'RE BEING SHOT AT this dubbed French WW2 farce was a runaway hit and most unexpectedly so during winter 1968. Usually French films just are subtitled here but, like Das Boot later, it is one of the few expertly dubbed...maybe there was an English version made given some of the cast. Anyway, it was plonked into one city theater as a filler when some other film fell over...and became a record breaking ticket seller for about 3 months. I can remember (it well) the audience screaming with laughter in the huge 1200 seat Lyceum Theatre...especially during one particular chase scene. The Lyceum was the showcase for most family films like THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and later WHATS UP DOC so maybe there was an inbuilt audience for Lyceum style shows that helped this film find box office gold immediately. However, after its initial run, it never surfaced again and has never been seen on TV video or DVD in Australia. Just one colossal release and oblivion!

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