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Trafic (1971)

 -  Comedy  -  11 December 1972 (USA)
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Mr. Hulot drives a recreational vehicle from Paris to Amsterdam in his usual comic, disasterous style.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Monsieur Hulot (as Mr. Hulot)
Marcel Fraval ...
Truckdriver
Honoré Bostel ...
Director of ALTRA
François Maisongrosse ...
François (as F. Maisongrosse)
Tony Knepper ...
Mechanic
Franco Ressel
Mario Zanuelli
Maria Kimberly ...
Maria
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Storyline

At Altra Motors, Mr. Hulot designs an ingenious camper car with lots of clever features. A lorry hauls the prototype to an important auto show in Amsterdam, with Mr. Hulot alongside in his car and a spoiled, trendy PR exec, the young Maria, in her sports car packed with designer clothes and her fluffy dog. The lorry has every imaginable problem, delaying its arrival. A flat tire, no gas, an accident, a run-in with police, a stop at a garage, and numerous traffic jams showcase vignettes of people and their cars. Through interactions with these down-to-earth folks, Maria gradually loses her imperious conceit, becoming much more relaxed and fetching. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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11 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Traffic  »

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SEK 1,215,771 (Sweden)
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The end scene (people walking with umbrellas between parked cars) was shot on the parking lot of the then still functioning Amsterdam Ford factory. See more »

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The green car transporting the tree log (number 3832GE78) is missing the tree log in the bottom-up scrolling plane at 679 seconds into the movie. See more »

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Delightful Tati film, but not his best
8 September 2008 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Not Tati's best, but an amusing take on our affair with the automobile. Remember how Playtime ended, with the traffic circle symphony? Now Mr. Hulot is the designer for an automobile company, having come up with the perfect car for camping. They're trying to get it from Paris to Amsterdam for an auto show, and run into many little setbacks. An American PR gal with a mop of a lapdog seems to get more screen time than Tati, zipping around in her little yellow roadster and usually the cause of the calamities. But it's all goodhearted fun, with lots of nods to the rising counterculture; scraggly hippies abound, playing pranks with the dog, or just driving around in flower-laden vehicles. The camper and its amusing gadgets are the highlight of the film, but there are plenty of Tati's trademark observations to bring a smile to your face. If you can watch a movie without distractions, Tati can't be beat. There's always something new to notice, and while this is no Playtime, it is certainly worth watching.


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