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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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18 October 1973 (France)  »

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FRF 18,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The final scene was filmed at Les Invalides in Paris, which is in fact a military hospital and museum. You can even see the tomb of Napoleon, which is part of the complex in the background (It is the building with the dome). There is a chapel in the complex where people can get married. See more »

Goofs

During the boat escape sequence the headlamps of the car are on, but the rear lamps are not. 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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This is probably the best de Fun's movie
24 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gerard Oury, the husband of Michelle Morgan, was an actor who turned director. His movies as an actor where mostly unimportant, but his movies as a director are superb. Adventures of Rabbi Jacob with the great comedian Louis de Funs is probably his greatest achievement to date. In the plot, De Funs, and antisemite, is obliged to pose as a Jew, in order to save his life!! This concept alone is enough to trigger an avalanche of comedic situations unsurpassed in any previous de Fun's movie, and fitting his cinema persona as a glove. The supporting cast is also superb, and includes Suzy Delair as his dentist wife, and other well known French actors. Unfortunately this movie is unavailable even in France, but I am sure that it will soon appear on DVD as have some other de Funs movies at this time, two by Gerard Oury.


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