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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
Michel Galabru ...
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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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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Version of L'avare (1939) See more »

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Molière would have approved
29 June 1999 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

Louis de Funès was certainly a shoo-in for the role of the irascible, mean and greedy Harpagon. The setting is somehow bizarre, but Molière's text is scrupulously respected. Filmed theater is usually taboo among movie critics and amateurs, but this experiment is both pleasurable and successful.If you want to discover Molière, this is the movie to see.


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