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The Man from Acapulco (1973)
"Le magnifique" (original title)

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Francois Merlin is an espionnage-book writer. He likes to mix every-day character he can met in his book. In his book, he is Bob Saint Clar, his neighbour Christine appears as Tatiana and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bob Saint-Clar / François Merlin
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Tatiana / Christine
Vittorio Caprioli ...
Karpof / Charron
Hans Meyer ...
Colonel Collins
Monique Tarbès ...
Mrs. Berger
Mario David
Bruno Garcin ...
Pilu
Raymond Gérôme ...
General Pontaubert
Jean Lefebvre ...
The electrician
Fabrizio Moresco
André Weber ...
The plumber
Hubert Deschamps ...
Le vendeur
Bernard Musson ...
Interpreter
Thalie Frugès ...
Publishing House Hostess
René Barrera ...
The Chinese / The Bride
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Francois Merlin is an espionnage-book writer. He likes to mix every-day character he can met in his book. In his book, he is Bob Saint Clar, his neighbour Christine appears as Tatiana and his editor Georges Charon as Colonel Karpoff. Written by Jean-Yves Simon <simon@wotangate.micro.ti.com>

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The Man from Acapulco  »

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Trivia

7th highest grossing movie in France for its year. See more »

Goofs

In Tatiana's bungalow, Bob Sinclar watches a movie screen displaying the shark attack of the opening scene. The cigarette smoke disappears behind the screen, showing that the film with the shark was added after the scene was shot. See more »

Quotes

Tatiana: You are a great seducer!
Tatiana: I don't know about it.
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Referenced in Munich (2005) See more »

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Cucurrucucu Paloma
Tomas Mondez Sosa
Editon musicale: Pema Musique (Georges Bacri)
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This film careens wildly through moments of high camp, pathos and outright slapstick
15 March 2003 | by (Cambridge, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Albanian agents are smuggling missile platforms into Mexico. An American agent is devoured by a shark in a phone booth. Superspy Bob St. Cloud is sent to Acapulco to investigate. There he meets the beautiful Tatiana, but their romance is interrupted when they are attacked by an army of Albanian scuba divers, armed with machine guns. In the middle of the carnage, a cleaning woman pushes a vacuum cleaner up the beach. She enters the door of a small beach house where...

In a shabby Parisian flat, Francois Merlin, writer of cheap fiction, is pounding out his forty-third spy novel. He sees a young sociology student through the window of a nearby flat. Though he's never met her, she becomes part of his novel.

From this beginning French director Philippe de Broca (King of Hearts) creates a bizarre comedy of frustrated desires and fantastic dreams. Like Walter Mitty, Merlin creates a fantasy life within his novels far more exciting than his own.

French film star Jean-Paul Belmondo shows great versatility in a duel role as the campy hero Bob St. Cloud and the burnt-out Francois Merlin. Jacqueline Bisset is the vampish spy, Tatiana, as well as Christine, the sociology student who studying the popular appeal of Merlin's escapist novels. Vittorio Caprioli also plays a dual role as Bob St. Cloud's arch-enemy, the evil Colonel Karpoff, and as Merlin's smarmy publisher Georges Charon.

De Broca is a master of light comedy and his film careens wildly through moments of high camp, pathos and outright slapstick, as the story switches back and forth between the fantasy of Merlin's novel to the reality of his own life. In the end Merlin must battle his own fictional alter ego, as well as his publisher, for the love of the fair Christine.


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