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The Troops on Vacation (1970)
"Le gendarme en balade" (original title)

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The whole clique of Cruchot's police station is retired. Now he lives with his rich wife in her castle - and is bored almost to death. He fights with the butler, because he isn't even ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Lefebvre ...
Guy Grosso ...
Michel Modo ...
Nicole Vervil ...
France Rumilly ...
Yves Vincent ...
Christian Marin ...
Claude Gensac ...
Michel Galabru ...
Sara Franchetti ...
Soeur Marie-Bénédicte (as Sarah Franchetti)
Ugo Fangareggi ...
Un hippie
Christor Georgiadis ...
(as Chris Georgiadis)
Christine Reynolds
René Berthier ...


The whole clique of Cruchot's police station is retired. Now he lives with his rich wife in her castle - and is bored almost to death. He fights with the butler, because he isn't even allowed to do the simple works. But when one of the clique suffers from amnesia after an accident, all of the others reunite and kidnap him, to take him on a tour to their old working places and through their memories. In their old uniforms they turn St. Tropez upside down. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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28 October 1970 (France)  »

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The Troops on Vacation  »

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SEK 831,043 (Sweden)

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70mm blow-up version released in Spain. See more »


Followed by The Troops & Troop-ettes (1982) See more »

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This IS the best of the gendarme movies (warning re plot points)
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and one of De Funes' funniest ever. The fourth movie in the Gendarme series, this story finds the boys in forced retirement from the cushy police job at St. Tropez because they've become too old. When the Adjutant (Galabru) comes to visit De Funes to reminisce about old times, they discover that one of their old group (Fougasse) has had a head injury, has amnesia and is in an institution. They decide to get the old gang back and save him. But to save him, they decide to kidnap him and don their old Gendarme uniforms so they can bring back his memory of who he is. That's where the fun starts, because soon they are pursued by real Gendarmes for impersonating false Gendarmes. It's silly fun but very funny, thanks to brilliant performances by De Funes and Galabru.

Throughout the film, there are too many funny moments with De Funes to mention. In the early scenes, I died laughing when De Funes, now a rich man for having married into wealth, punches out his maid repeatedly in the face. De Funes' outlandish comedic rages have often been compared to the manic temper of Donald Duck. In another scene, De Funes is at his absolute best when mumbling incredible gibberish when he and his false Gendarmes get stoned on marijuana in a hippie commune, where they are forced to hide from the real Gendarmes pursuing them. But one of the very best scenes of De Funes in any movie is when the false Gendarmes arrive upon a traffic accident and can't help themselves; they must don their old uniforms and become cops again if only for a few moments. In this scene, De Funes uses a police whistle to clear the accident from the road and, from the sounds he makes, you can actually understand what words in cop language his cadence implies. It's unforgettable. The man was a genius and there will never be another.

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