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8 May 1977 (USA) See more »
French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Jean Carmet ... Sergeant Bosselet
Jacques Dufilho ... Paul Rechampot
Catherine Rouvel ... Marinette
Jacques Spiesser ... Hubert Fresnoy
Maurice Barrier ... Caprice
Benjamin Memel Atchory ... Assomption
Peter Berling ... Père Jean de la Croix
Marius Beugre Boignan ... Barthelmy
Claude Legros ... Jacques Rechampot
Dora Doll ... Maryvonne
Baye Macoumba Diop ... Lamartine
Jacques Monnet ... Père Simon
Dieter Schidor ... Kraft
Aboubakar Toine ... Fidele
Marc Zuber ... Major Anglais
Mamadou Koulibaly
Helmut Fiker
Klaus Huebl ... Haussmann
Natou Koly ... Charlotte
Bertin Kouakou
T. Kouao ... John
Jean-François N'Guessan ... Marius

Directed by
Jean-Jacques Annaud 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Jacques Annaud 
Georges Conchon 

Produced by
Arthur Cohn .... producer
Jacques Perrin .... producer
Giorgio Silvagni .... producer
Original Music by
Pierre Bachelet 
Cinematography by
Claude Agostini 
Film Editing by
Françoise Bonnot 
Set Decoration by
Max Douy 
Makeup Department
Gisèle Jacquin .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominique Cheminal .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Alain Curvelier .... sound
Music Department
William Flageollet .... music mixer

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Also Known As:
"La victoire en chantant" - Ivory Coast (original title)
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90 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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First film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.See more »
Hubert Fresnoy:We shouldn't expect miracles, and that's not what I expect of you.See more »
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV)See more »


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Once again Oscar proves capricious., 12 April 2012
Author: Dave from Ottawa from Canada

The point here is that, in a clash of foreign colonial powers, the locals inevitably get the worst of it. This point is made early on and gets little further elaboration as the drama plays out. Giving the Oscar for best foreign film to a movie which was, let's be honest, a decent enough but obvious and not unusually clever satire on a serious topic (WWI), had to be some misguided exercise in political correctness before such nonsense had been given a name. Yes, it is fairly remarkable that a film with international appeal could be financed and shot in a place like the Ivory Coast. We get this. But an award for BEST foreign film, at a time when many national cinemas (Germany, France and Italy especially) were churning out a pretty impressive product, seems like tokenism. There. I said it. Go ahead and be offended.

The film itself is watchable enough but ordinary. The pacing is slow, the characters are not particularly sharply drawn, and the plotting - mostly a series of military misadventures and misunderstandings - is nothing really clever. It works well enough, but had me neither slapping my knees in merriment, nor nodding in acknowledgement of its cinematic skill. If Hollywood had cranked out something along the same lines we would have expected a higher level of creativity. It has unexpected moments of simple entertainment thanks to some old-fashioned knockabout comedy, but even this is executed with no display of unusual skill on the part of the film's makers. Everything manages to hold together well enough and move the story along - the cinematography of the African locations looks good - but there is just nothing here that is special enough to elevate the project above the realm of the merely good and giving it such a prestigious award as if it does seems dishonest. Watch it, but don't let the Oscar voters snow you. It's an okay movie, and an honest attempt at creating international cinema in an unexpected place. It's just not THAT GREAT.

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