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The Miser (1980)

L'avare (original title)
Based on Molière's play. The children of Harpagon, Cléante and his sister Elise, are each in love but they still haven't spoken to their father yet. Harpagon is a miser who wants to choose ... See full summary »
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Franck Cabot-David ...
Cléante (as Frank David)
Hervé Bellon ...
Georges Audoubert ...
Anselme
Guy Grosso ...
Brindavoine
Michel Modo ...
La merluche
Henri Génès ...
Le commissaire
Max Montavon ...
Maître Simon
Micheline Bourday ...
Dame Claude
Madeleine Barbulée ...
La mère de Marianne
Anne Caudry ...
Marianne
Claire Dupray ...
Elise
Claude Gensac ...
Bernard Menez ...
La Flèche
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Maître Jacques
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Based on Molière's play. The children of Harpagon, Cléante and his sister Elise, are each in love but they still haven't spoken to their father yet. Harpagon is a miser who wants to choose the right man and the right woman for his children. When Cléante, at last, tries to speak to Harpagon, the old man informs the family that he wants to marry Marianne, the young girl loved by Cléante. Unaware of his son's sorrow, Harpagon doesn't understand why Cléante has become so angry with him.

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5 March 1980 (France)  »

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Grandiose Delusions  »

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Originally, Louis de Funès only considered a TV adaptation of Molière's play. Encouraged by the actor's enormous popularity however, the producers took the risk to bring it to the bid screen. Sadly enough, "L'Avare" ended up as a commercial failure. See more »

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Remake of The Miser (1908) See more »

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Louis De Funés brings Moliére to life
6 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

L'Avare (1980) isn't my favorite foreign film but I still like it. The set is minimal, and inaccurate for time period. However, it has a Monty Python feel which I love. Louis De Funés plays an awesome Harpagon and invigorates Moliére's classic. The slapstick comedy and Louis De Funés' facial expressions help bridge the gap of the era in which the script was written to the present. I definitely prefer this version to others I've seen with bigger budgets. Others take what is supposed to be a comedy and turn it into a dramatic period piece. All in all, this film is worth your time if you are looking for a way to make French Classicism more bearable.


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