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The Restaurant (1966)

Le grand restaurant (original title)
Top-notch french restaurant owner Monsieur Septime is involved into crime when one of his famous guests disappears.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Monsieur Septime
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Le commissaire divisionnaire
Maria-Rosa Rodriguez ...
Sophia
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Henrique
Juan Ramírez ...
Le général
Noël Roquevert ...
Le ministre
Folco Lulli ...
Le président Novalès
Yves Arcanel ...
Henri
René Berthier
Albert Dagnant ...
Un conspirateur
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Le conspirateur francais
Eugene Deckers ...
Le complice de Novalès (as Eugène Deckers)
Robert Destain ...
Le baron
Bernard Dumaine ...
Le client satisfait
Jacques Dynam ...
Un serveur
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Storyline

M. Septime rules the renowned Paris restaurant "Chez Septime" with an iron fist. Grovelling before his rich and powerful customers, M. Septime feels free to treat his employees like children at best or like slaves at worst. M. Septime would be very happy if things just continued the way they are. But Destiny will have it otherwise. Indeed one day, Novales, a South American president, disappears while dining in his restaurant and it looks as if Septime has something to do with it. Written by Guy Bellinger

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9 September 1966 (France)  »

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Trivia

First film directed by Jacques Besnard. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, it's obvious that the pianist in the restaurant isn't really playing the music that we hear. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pastewka: Die Strategie der Schnecke (2006) See more »

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Thème Du Ballet
Written and Performed by Jean Marion Et Son Orchestre
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The moment « El Presidente » vanishes, the story too ! (DVD)
7 October 2009 | by (PariS) – See all my reviews

A cult comedy is from my point of view, a movie in which you can't remember all the funny moments and therefore, you are always happy to discover them again and again.

So, there, I knew that De Funes was a terrible, tyrannic boss of a great restaurant but his manners eluded me while they are really funny! He's truly the best actor in this field and beyond, a very talented one. As Al (Pacino), I feel that De Funes exudes humanity, compassion and class behind all his jokes…

In addition, as it figures among the oldest movies I saw, it was great to see Paris an half-century ago. Besides cars and trends, I feel that Paris was more "green" with trees than actually.

Unfortunately, when the main thing is served, the script becomes strange: a mix between Bond for the aquatic car and the Pink Panther for the winter sequence… We are far away of the restaurant!

In conclusion, great appetizers but the menu left me wanting for more!


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