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The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)

Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire (original title)
A hapless orchestra player becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy by being identified as a super secret agent.

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Jean Obé ...
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Georghiu
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M. Boudart
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Le faux livreur
Arlette Balkis
Tania Balachova
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Storyline

Two factions of the French Secret Service involve a seemingly normal orchestra player, Francois Perrin, into their battle as one side uses him as a decoy. Soon, agents are all over the place, and one of them, Christine, is sent to seduce Francois. Meanwhile, Francois has his own problems, tangled up in an affair with his best friend's wife. Written by Kumar

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Comedy | Mystery

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Release Date:

30 August 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Trivia

Actor initially considered for playing François Perron aka le Grand Blond: Claude Rich See more »

Goofs

Christine offers Francois to see the other instruments she keeps in the cellar. Not so wise, because that seems to be where Milan and the others are sitting in front of the monitor. See more »

Quotes

Bernard Milan: [he's dying from a gunshot in Perrin's apartment; Perrache slowly opens the door and enters] Perrache?
[Perache comes over to him and bends over him]
Bernard Milan: The tall blond... with the black shoe... who is he?
[Perraxche straightens up and looks about him at Poucet's dead body and the unconscious Maurice; Milan looks at him pleadingly]
Perrache: [pause, then] A fool's trap, sir.
[Milan, realizing the truth, dies with a smile]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are shown on different playing cards. They 'magically' change when a magician's hand flips, turns, and waves his hands over the cards. See more »


Soundtracks

Mozart Massacre
Based on "Molto Allegro first mouvement from Symphony #40 in G Minor, K 550"
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (uncredited)
Performed by Pierre Richard (uncredited)
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Magnificent!
26 January 2002 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Many, many years ago -- the mid-70s, in fact, this movie was on TV in our local area. It was one of the few times I'd seen my dad really excited about a movie, and watched it with him.

It's stuck with me ever since.

This is a brilliant piece of film-making, satisfying as both a comedy and a spy movie. Pierre Richard has a masterful sense of comedic timing, on par with Buster Keaton.

If you get a chance to see this, do.


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