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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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Colette Castel ...
Paulette
Jean Obé ...
Robert Castel ...
Georghiu
Jean Saudray ...
Pouchet
Roger Caccia ...
M. Boudart
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Chaperon
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Coco, le faux livreur
Arlette Balkis ...
Madame Boudart
Tania Balachova ...
La mère de Toulouse
Paul Le Person ...
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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:

The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Francis Veber used to call most of his characters with names based on famous cities (Toulouse, Milan, Perrache etc.) in order to avoid any confusion with real life persons. 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

Perrache: [referring to the possibility of Perrin's getting killed] It wouldn't bother you at all to send an innocent lamb to slaughter?
Le colonel Louis Marie Alphonse Toulouse: And you? The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe was *your* choice. Is your conscience bothering you now?
Perrache: [pause, then] No, sir.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Le petit blond avec un mouton blanc (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Grand Blond (Final)
Written by Vladimir Cosma
Panpipe performed by Gheorghe Zamfir
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The excellent brilliant French comedy
20 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

The film is real pleasure, masterpiece in its genre. Dynamic scenario, delightful music and of course excellent actors Pierre Richard, Mireille Darc Jean Carmet, Jean Rochefort acting as a team. Very 'aerial' and sunny film. The film is one of the best and unforgettable films of my childhood and I like it today. 'Grand blond' was a best-seller in Soviet Union and it did not lose its charm now.


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