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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

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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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 the horsemen of the Republican Guard are escorting the car, we hear the music of the band. If we hear the music at that moment, the horsemen have no music instrument in their hands: the characters are supposed to hear a music that could not be produced. Actually, if the French Republican Guard has cavalry regiments and a mounted band, the soldiers we see in the movie are not from the band, even if the director try to show a band. See more »

Quotes

Mohamed Larbi Slimane: The revolution is like a bicycle, when it stops it falls.
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A surprisingly excellent movie
18 June 2006 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent movie. I have had few connections with French comedies, and the opening gags were unexpected. The acting, the plot, the dialog and the site gags were fantastic. You are not bothered by the English subtitles. The movie is never sluggish, and you will be pleasantly surprised. I have watched subtitled movies for 35 years and many French movies, and this is top tier. I have read various reviews and most of the negative comments concern the packaging and DVD itself, not the movie. However, when I viewed the film (and was not aware of the packaging or lack of extras)I was hardly bothered by what the DVD lacked. After reading the negative reviews, I was disturbed even less by the packaging. It's all about the movie, and it was wonderful. I rented it and now I shall own it.


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