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

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Suzy Delair ...
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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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

18 October 1973 (France)  »

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FRF 18,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The helicopter in the final scene wears the registration F-BUFB. Built in 1973, this Sud-Aviation SA341G Gazelle now flies in Italy as I-LDAV. When the movie was filmed, the helicopter was more or less brand-new. See more »

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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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[as his Cab fills up with Jewish men accompanying Rabbi Jacob]
New York Taxi Driver: Hey, this is a taxi, not a synagogue!
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Really hilarious!
9 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

A really funny movie, in my opinion the best of Louis de Funès' movies. For everyone who hasn't seen him yet: You're really missing out on a treat. But watch it in french (with subtitles if necessary) because it is so much better in the original!!!!!

Louis de Funès was the comedian of the french television and is still extremely popular there as in many other countries like Belgium or Germany (in Germany at least a bit) I can recommend every movie he has made, but this one is still my favourite!!


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