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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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18 October 1973 (France)  »

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FRF 18,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Louis de Funès admitted later in an interview that if any trace of racial prejudice remained in him, shooting this film helped him "clean his soul". See more »

Goofs

During the boat escape sequence the headlamps of the car are on, but the rear lamps are not. See more »

Quotes

Rabbi Jacob: Do you remember me?
Victor Pivert: Do you remember me?
Rabbi Jacob: No.
Rabbi Jacob: Good.
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An all time classic!
24 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seeing this movie, I wanted to write a review saying how funny this film was, so anyone checking IMDB would know. Luckily, all of the other reviews already capture the hilarious nature of this film. I can only add that my French teacher said most French people have seen the movie many times and practically know it by heart. Even though she has seen it many times, she wanted to see it yet again. Everybody will like this film, unless you really hate slapstick. If you are Jewish, it is especially funny, but if you aren't its still a complete riot.


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