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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 ...
Botrel
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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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Release Date:

30 August 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Trivia

Hands playing cards in the opening credits are those of Gérard Majax, who also plays a small role in the film. See more »

Quotes

Le colonel Louis Marie Alphonse Toulouse: [talking about Perrache's choice at Orly] But why a violinist?
Perrache: You told me to choose anyone at all.
Le colonel Louis Marie Alphonse Toulouse: Yes, but why a violinist?
Perrache: Because he had one black shoe.
[Toulouse looks at him]
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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 »

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Panpipe performed by Gheorghe Zamfir
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so amazing
13 September 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

first, excuse me for my English bur i didn't write in this language since 2 years. This movie was one of the best i've ever seen. Pierre Richard is the same as usual, with all its "tics" like : - his face with a little smile and look like someone which don't have any idea of what he's making here ! - its clothes are always out of fashion or completely "vintage" Moreover, the french version is more interesting because it's the VO so he "word games" are respected. In fact, all the characters are good in this movie, they all see to be exactly what they seem to be. The men who are supposed to be secret agents are too much : their raincoats and their shoes couldn't have been better than this. then, the music sound is one of the best i know. i can sing this song all the day without any problem.


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