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Release Date:
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 »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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  (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)
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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
Rémy Julienne .... stunt coordinator
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), 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 »
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Did You Know?

The movie was released on October 18th 1973, during Yom Kippur War between Israel and Arab countries. That very day, the press attaché's wife hijacked a plane to prevent the movie from being released, claiming that the movie was pro-Israeli. She eventually was shot by police marksmen.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Mohamed Larbi Slimane:The revolution is like a bicycle, when it stops it falls.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Pastewka: Der Unfall (#1.1)" (2005)See more »


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35 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A relationship of a life time, 9 April 2004
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

I first saw this when I was a kid on its first US release back in the early 1970's. I laughed to kill myself and thought it was one of the funniest things I had ever seen.

The quest to see the movie again over the last 30 years has been a labor of love. I don't think it ever aired on New York TV and its showings on cable can be counted on one hand. I was lucky enough to see it a a local revival theater a few years ago before it completely disappeared. Thanks to E-Bay I recently picked up a VHS copy and now comes word that a US release on DVD is moments away. Life couldn't be better.

The one thing the handful of viewings of the film has taught me is that the movie plays differently every time I see it. Depending on mood it I may find it to be one of the funniest or one of the most charming films movies ever made. Some sequences in one viewing will leave me gasping for breath while other times it will simply make me smile. No matter though I've enjoyed it each time I've watched it.

The story of a bigot who gets way laid and ends up on the run all over France only to end up posing as a beloved Rabbi, is ripe with comic potential most of which is put to good use. Also put to good use are some twists that no rational person would come up with, but which work in the context of a wild comedy, the bubble gum factory for example.

This is a wonderful life affirming story that makes you laugh until you cry while showing that ultimately we are all the same. Which is kind of tragic in view of the films opening shots which are some of the earliest film footage shot at the World Trade Center, which had just opened.

If you like to laugh see this movie, its wonderful.

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