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Gérard Oury (screenplay) &
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18 October 1973 (France) See more »
A bigoted Frenchman finds himself forced to impersonate a popular rabbi while on the run from a group of assassins - and the police. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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A surprisingly excellent movie See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Louis de Funès ... Victor Pivert

Suzy Delair ... Germaine Pivert

Marcel Dalio ... 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)

Miou-Miou ... Antoinette Pivert
Denise Provence ... Esther Schmoll
Jacques François ... Le général
Claude Piéplu ... Le commissaire divisionnaire Andreani
Georges Adet ... Le vieux Lévi
Cherif Adnane ... Un homme de main de Farès
Paul Bisciglia ... Le pompiste (as Paolo Bisciglia)
Philippe Brigaud ... L'adjoint du ministre
Gérard Darmon ... Un homme de main de Farès
Noël Darzal
Michel Duplaix ... Un Policier à Orly
Robert Duranton ... Un CRS à Orly
Malek Kateb ... Aziz, un homme de main de Farès (as Malek Eddine)
Michel Fortin ... Un policier motard
Micheline Kahn ... Hannah
El Kebir ... Un homme de main de Farès (as Abder El Kebir)
Pierre Koulak ... Omar, un homme de main de Farès
Alix Mahieux ... La patiente chez le dentiste
Maria Gabriella Maione ... Olivia, la secrétaire du dentiste
Catherine Marshall ... La femme mannequin
Gérard Melki
Jean-Jacques Moreau ... Le motard de la police
Yves Peneau

André Penvern ... Un adjoint d'Andréani
Denise Péronne ... La générale (as Denise Peronne)
Cary Rick
Roger Riffard ... Un adjoint d'Andréani (as Roger Riffart)

Michel Robin ... Le curé des Invalides
Lionel Spielman ... David Schmoll
Jacob Toledano
André Valardy ... (scenes deleted)
Dominique Zardi ... Le cuisinier de "L'Etoile de Kiev"
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ari Aricardi ... Un homme rue des Rosiers (uncredited)
Georges Ass ... Un homme rue des Rosiers (uncredited)
Baaron ... Un participant à la noce noire (uncredited)
Charles Bayard ... Un invité au mariage (uncredited)

Christine Boisson ... Une invitée au mariage (uncredited)
Guy Bonnafoux ... Un homme rue des Rosiers (uncredited)
Robert Chevrigny ... Un invité au mariage (uncredited)
Jérôme Deschamps ... Un ami d'Alexandre (uncredited)
Robert Favart ... Un invité au mariage (uncredited)
Marcel Gassouk ... Le boucher (uncredited)
Robert Le Béal ... Un invité au mariage (uncredited)
Olivier Lejeune ... Un ami d'Alexandre (uncredited)
Francis Lemaire ... Un brigadier (uncredited)
Paul Mercey ... L'automobiliste vindicatif (uncredited)
Clément Michu ... Le gendarme devant l'église (uncredited)
Frédéric Norbert ... Le livreur de fleurs (uncredited)
Jacques Pisias ... Un policier à Orly (uncredited)
Vincent Ropion ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Annick Roux ... L'hôtesse au sol (uncredited)
Zvee Scooler ... Le rabbin New-yorkais (uncredited)
Raymonde Vattier ... La marquise (uncredited)
Pierre Vaudier ... Le maître de cérémonie (uncredited)

Directed by
Gérard Oury 
Writing credits
Gérard Oury  screenplay &
Danièle Thompson  screenplay and
Gérard Oury  story adaption &
Danièle Thompson  story adaption and
Gérard Oury  dialogue &
Danièle Thompson  dialogue

Josy Eisenberg (collaborating writer)

Roberto De Leonardis  writer
Josy Eisenberg  dialogue
Josy Eisenberg  story

Produced by
Gérard Beytout .... producer
Bertrand Javal .... producer
Jacques Plante .... associate producer
Michel Zemer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Vladimir Cosma 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
Film Editing by
Albert Jurgenson 
Production Design by
Théobald Meurisse  (as Théo Meurisse)
Makeup Department
Jean-Pierre Eychenne .... makeup artist
Production Management
Georges Vallon .... production manager (as Georges Valon)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacques Besnard .... second unit director
Bernard Stora .... first assistant director
Art Department
Emanuel Gerard .... art director: New York
Sound Department
William Robert Sivel .... sound (as William R. Sivel)
Visual Effects by
Jean Fouchet .... title design
Michel Berreur .... stunts
Claude Carliez .... stunt coordinator
Marcel Gallon .... stunts
Rémy Julienne .... stunt coordinator
Dan Vieru .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Delahaye .... camera operator (as Franck Delahaye)
Wladimir Ivanov .... cinematographer: second unit
Charles-Henri Montel .... camera operator (as Ch.-Henry Mantel)
Other crew
Colette Crochot .... script supervisor
Philippe Gumplowicz .... choreographer
Daniela Rachman .... choreographer
Ilan Zaoui .... choreographer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob" - France (original title)
"The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob" - International (English title) (imdb display title), Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title)
"The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob" - International (English title)
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100 min | Spain:91 min | USA:95 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Miscellaneous: Fares and his thugs are not really speaking Arabic but mumbling something instead.See more »
Victor Pivert:[astonished, to Salomon, his driver] Salomon, you're Jewish?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wreck-It Ralph (2012)See more »


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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A surprisingly excellent movie, 18 June 2006
Author: ezola from Wisconsin

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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