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23 January 1974 (France) See more »
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A highly stylized surreal farce about the events leading up to Custer's Last Stand anachronistically reenacted in an urban renewal area in modern Paris. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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DVD Playhouse--July 2009
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Catherine Deneuve ... Marie-Hélène de Boismonfrais

Marcello Mastroianni ... George A. Custer

Michel Piccoli ... Buffalo Bill

Philippe Noiret ... Gen. Terry

Ugo Tognazzi ... Mitch
Alain Cuny ... Sitting Bull

Serge Reggiani ... The Mad Indian
Darry Cowl ... Major Archibald
Monique Chaumette ... Sister Lucie
Daniele Dublino ... Government Official
Henri Piccoli ... Sitting Bull's Father
Franca Bettoia ... Rayon de Lune (as Franca Bettoja)
Paolo Villaggio ... The CIA agent
Franco Fabrizi ... Tom (as Franco Fabrizzi)
Laurente Vedres (as Vedres et Boutang)
Pierre-André Boutang (as Vedres et Boutang)
Francine Custer ... Hermione Terry
Solange Koch
Maritin
Jeff Zimmerman (as Jeff Zimmerman)
L'Automate Mr. John
Noël Simsolo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gianmarco Tognazzi ... Figlio di Mitch e Raggio di Luna

Marco Ferreri ... The reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Marco Ferreri 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rafael Azcona 
Marco Ferreri 

Produced by
Michel Piccoli .... producer
Jean-Pierre Rassam .... producer
François Rochas .... associate producer
Alain Sarde .... associate producer
Jean Yanne .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
 
Cinematography by
Étienne Becker 
 
Film Editing by
Ruggero Mastroianni 
 
Casting by
Henri Laurent 
 
Costume Design by
Lina Nerli Taviani 
 
Makeup Department
Iolanda Angelucci .... hair stylist (as Jole Angelucci)
Jean-Marie Dor .... hair stylist
Louis Dor .... makeup artist
Alain Folgoas .... makeup artist
Alfonso Gola .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Alfredo Gallo .... assistant unit manager
Roberto Giussani .... production manager
Patrick Zeyen .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Grenet .... first assistant director
David Lasseron .... second assistant director (as Jean-David Lasseron)
François Lavigne .... second assistant director (as François Lavigne Delville)
Ève Vercel .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jean-Claude Dolbert .... props
 
Sound Department
Jean Nény .... musical sound engineer (as Jean Neny)
Henri Roux .... sound engineer (as Henry Antoine Roux)
Jean-Pierre Triou .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Gino De Rossi .... special effects
Augusto Salvati .... special effects
André-Paul Trielly .... special effects
 
Stunts
André Cagnard .... stunt coordinator
Dan Vieru .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Marie Chevron .... second assistant camera
Claude Lichtenberg .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paulette Dolbert .... wardrobe
Renato Ventura .... costume assistant
Angela Vinci .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Gina Pignier .... assistant editor
Monique Prim .... assistant editor
Amedeo Salfa .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Hubert Rostaing .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Françoise Cossery .... location manager
Jean-François Demange .... military advisor (as Jeff Demange)
Ida Fassio .... production secretary
Paul Jeanjean .... equestrian advisor
Laurence Lemaire-Bazi .... script supervisor (as Laurence Lemarie)
Josette Oberson .... administrator
 

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Also Known As:
"Touche pas à la femme blanche" - France (original title)
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108 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Quotes:
Marie-Hélène de Boismonfrais:What I don't understand is the Indian's attitude. It's obvious that the Lord gave this land to white men so they could settle here, so why do they resist?
George A. Custer:Because they're savages. They're savages. I sometimes feel they're possessed by demons.
Marie-Hélène de Boismonfrais:May God preserve us from that!
George A. Custer:God and the Seventh Cavalry!
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Movie Connections:
Edited into Marcello, una vita dolce (2006)See more »
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So Soft and So SweetSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
General Custard Pie in the Face, 10 December 2009
Author: bobc-5 from Annandale, VA

Several tribes of Native Americans have taken up residence in a large excavation in the center of modern day Paris. Meeting nearby in an ornate domed room, some wealthy industrialists decide that the savages are impeding progress and must be exterminated. After successfully bribing the head of the army, General Custer is brought in to lead the effort. A portrait of their President, Richard Nixon, seems to watch over them from everywhere.

Made in the early 1970s, this surreal black comedy is usually interpreted as a scathing commentary on America's involvement in Vietnam, but I didn't see it that way. There is nothing in the film which significantly corresponds to the Vietnam conflict, and the few American symbols which show up are so awkwardly out of place and the characters exaggerated in such a ludicrous manner that it had the effect of constantly reminding me that this wasn't really about Americans. I can't claim to know how the European audience for which it was intended would have viewed it, but I saw it as a satirical look at European racism and colonialism (which, of course, would ultimately include both the genocide of Native Americans and the conflict in Vietnam) and a left-wing allegory of capitalism in which the Native Americans represent the oppressed working classes.

As a social/political satire, it achieves it's greatest success in depicting an absolute and brutal racism without being didactic or calling unnecessary attention to it. The most interesting character is Custer's Indian scout. Moving freely among both European and Native American societies, he is detested by both groups and detests both of them in return. The title of the film comes from Custer's constant reminders of the many things which the scout, being an Indian, is not allowed to do. When asked by another Native American why he hates Custer so much, the scout replies "because he treats me like... an Indian". The pause in delivering the line and the comic reaction of both characters afterward is handled exceptionally well.

All in all, the film's success as a left-wing critique of capitalism/colonialism is limited because so many of its clever subtleties get lost in the comedic noise. As a satire on American imperialism it fares much more poorly, coming dangerously close to being little more than a partisan screed. It does, however, achieve moderate success at being an entertaining absurdist farce with excellent comedic performances by the lead actors.

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