The funny misadventures of a dating duo of film stunt professionals in France.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mike Gaucher et Bruno Ferrari
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Jane Gardner
Dany Saval ...
Doris
Raymond Gérôme ...
Le comte de Saint-Prix
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La vedette féminine
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La vedette masculine
Yves Mourousi ...
Himself
Charles Gérard ...
Hyacinthe
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Le metteur en scène
Mario David ...
Santos, le Gitan
Henri Génès ...
Camille, le patron du bistrot
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Fechner
Aldo Maccione ...
Sergio Campanese
Jacques Alric ...
Le maître d'hôtel
Henri Attal ...
Un assistant
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A movie about a good-for-nothing stuntman called Mike Gaucher who can't do one single job without something going wrong. His fiancée wants to kill him, the film studios don't want to give him any more work and, as King Kong for a promotion in a supermarket, he winds up destroying some display shelves. The only role he plays well is pretending not to be able to hear, speak and walk in order to get money from the government. Then along comes the "beautiful" actor called Bruno Ferrari. Supposedly a fearless stuntman, Ferrari turns out to be afraid of heights once his feet leave the ground. So a stuntman is needed to prevent a scandal. And who is the man who looks most (or exactly) like Bruno? You guessed it, good-for-nothing Mike... Written by Markus Wachenheim <markusw@geocities.com>

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5 October 1977 (France)  »

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Animal  »

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FRF 25,000,000 (estimated)
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This was Raquel Welch's final film until Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994) 17 years later. See more »

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Amusing, if insubstantial, French comedy
2 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

As he had already proved in other films, Jean Paul Belmondo is possibly the closest European equivalent to Jackie Chan in terms of the stunts and acrobatics he is willing to do (another candidate: Terence Hill). In "L'Animal" he is in peak form and takes some life-threatening risks (including standing on the top of a flying bi-plane!), and, playing two different characters (a stuntman, brave but with a knack for screwing things up, and a movie star, popular, spoiled and gay), he shows his comic talents as well. Raquel Welch does her share of physical stuff, and, needless to say, she is a total babe. This is not a great comedy by any means, and you'll find no substance whatsoever here, but it's still enjoyable enough, especially if you like the two leads. (**1/2)


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