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The Mad Adventures of 'Rabbi' Jacob (1973)
"Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob" (original title)

G  |   |  Comedy  |  18 October 1973 (France)
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A bigoted Frenchman finds himself forced to impersonate a popular rabbi while on the run from a group of assassins - and the police.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rabbi Jacob (as Dalio)
Claude Giraud ...
Mohamed Larbi Slimane / Rabbi Zeiligman
Renzo Montagnani ...
Le colonel Farès
Janet Brandt ...
Tzipé Schmoll, la grand-mère
André Falcon ...
Le ministre
Xavier Gélin ...
Alexandre, le fils du général
Henri Guybet ...
Salomon, le chauffeur de Pivert
Popeck ...
Moishe Schmoll (as Jean Herbert)
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Antoinette Pivert
Denise Provence ...
Esther Schmoll
Jacques François ...
Le général
Claude Piéplu ...
Le commissaire divisionnaire Andreani
Georges Adet ...
Le vieux Lévi
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In this riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities, Victor Pivert, a blustering, bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Slimane, an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assasins from Slimane's country, but also the police, who think Pivert is a murderer. Pivert ends up posing as Rabbi Jacob, a beloved figure who's returned to France for his first visit after 30 years in the United States. Adding to the confusion are Pivert's dentist-wife, who thinks her husband is leaving her for another woman, their daughter, who's about to get married, and a Parisian neighborhood filled with people eager to celebrate the return of Rabbi Jacob. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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THE WILD... THE HILARIOUS... THE SCREWBALL... THE RIOTOUS

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When Pivert is about to climb out of the bubble-gum vat for the first time, the ladder is already smeared with green goop. See more »

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Mohamed Larbi Slimane: The revolution is like a bicycle, when it stops it falls.
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Unfortunately the Studios do not Make Movies Like This Anymore
15 November 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In USA, Rabbi Jacob (Marcel Dalio) and Rabbi Zeiligman are traveling back to Paris after a long absence far from his hometown. Meanwhile the bigoted French Victor Pivert (Louis de Funès), who is the owner of a factory, is traveling by car with his Jewish driver Salomon (Henri Guybet) to France to the marriage of his daughter Antoinette Pivert (Miou-Miou). They have a car accident and Pivert fires Salomon and walks on the road looking for help. He stumbles with the Muslin rebel leader Mohamed Larbi Slimane (Claude Giraud) and unintentionally saves the Slimane from assassins that want to kill him.

Slimane abducts him and they head to the Paris airport, chased by the killers and the police. They meet with Rabbis Jacob and Zeiligman that have just arrived in France in the toilet and they impersonate them to escape from the pursuers. When they meet the Jewish community that is welcoming Rabbi Jacob in the airport, they have to proceed in the farce getting in more confusion.

"Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob" is one of the funniest comedies of cinema history, with a complex screenplay entwining the lives of several characters without coincidences but hilarious situations. The story makes fun of polemic themes, like religion and prejudice, and with government economical interests, but is never disrespectful.

Louis de Funès is fantastic with a top-notch performance, considered by fans of the French king of the comedy as his best ever. Unfortunately the studios do not make movies like this anymore. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil); "As Loucas Aventuras de Rabbi Jacob" ("The Crazy Adventures of Rabbi Jacob")


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