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The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)
"Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire" (original title)

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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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Bernard Blier ...
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Mireille Darc ...
Christine
Colette Castel ...
Jean Obé ...
Botrel
Robert Castel ...
Georghiu
Jean Saudray ...
Poucet
Roger Caccia ...
M. Boudart
Maurice Barrier ...
Chaperon
Robert Dalban ...
Le faux livreur
Arlette Balkis
Tania Balachova
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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goodbye blues, hello laughter

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30 August 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe  »

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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 »

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 »

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Interesting commentary on privacy
29 December 2003 | by (Frederick Maryland USA) – See all my reviews

An earlier comment was sophisticated slapstick, but while there are the occasional pokes in the eye -- the scene where an exploding cigar goes off and all the spies silenced weapons go "pfffht" (no blood, just lots of people falling over with silly expressions) is wonderful -- I think I'd instead classify this as sophisticated silliness. Reminds me of the old David Niven movies, except much less restrained.

But I also want to point out that the movie ends with a quote: "Every person is entitled to the respect of his or her private life. Penal Code, Article 9." Indeed, the wry tongue in cheek is pointed squarely at the absurdities of the French intelligence community. I find looking at the movie in that light adds another bit of fun to identifying the "good guys" and the bad guys.

Well worth your time.


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