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Sylvie Brisebard
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Tonelotti l'entrepreneur
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Inspecteur Ducros
Guy Tréjan ...
Maître Adrien Colas
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Yvonne Clech ...
Cécile Grunder
Florence Blot ...
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Christiane Muller ...
Mathilde la bonne
Paul Préboist ...
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Jacques Marin ...
Andrieux
Jean Valmence ...
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Antoine Brisebard, a famous comedy playwright, is struggling with financial difficulties and is preparing to sell his country villa to an English couple. What no one knows, however, is that Brisebard is actually a victim of blackmail since his wife Sylvie, a famous actress, is the daughter of a notorious robber-murderer. His extortionist is a malevolent criminal only known as Jo, who visits him often to pick up his hush money. But faced with certain ruin, Brisebard is preparing to do away with Jo once and for all, planning his deed under the guise of him trying to write the script for a crime play and consulting his friend, attorney Colas, for ideas of how to efficiently get rid of the body. He finally takes up the offer of one Tonelotti to erect a garden pavillon, whose foundation would provide the ideal hiding place for the corpse. On the night Jo is scheduled to arrive for his next payment, Brisebard awaits the arrival with a gun but is not able to pull the trigger, drops the gun ... Written by wikipedia

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The very unusual, almost "Bondian" tone of the score by Raymond Lefevre, was strongly suggested by the American part of the production. See more »

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Splendid comedy!
1 July 1999 | by (Bamberg, Germany) – See all my reviews

This may be Louis de Funes best movie.

A wonderful story, full of silly embroilments and funny dialogues. And a wonderful de Funes at his best, full of emotions and with his very own mimic and gesticulation.

For all of you out there who have not given this wonderful French actor a chance: Get this movie and roll on the floor laughing. See how a more than harmless man kills a stranger and tries to find out who the hell he has killed and how to get rid of this recalcitrant corpse which keeps on turning up in the most unfavorable of moments... and see how just that same day this poor man's house is turned into a beehive full of strange characters.

Highly recommended!


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