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The Under-Gifted (1980)
"Les sous-doués" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  30 April 1980 (France)
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Baptiste 'Bebel' Lavalle and his classmates in Versailles' private high-school Louis XIV enjoy their careless life enough to deliberately fail the exams, a national record of zero ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Galabru ...
Le commissaire
Maria Pacôme ...
Lucie Jumaucourt (as Maria Pacome)
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Philippe Taccini ...
Julien Senquin
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Catherine Jumaucourt
Hubert Deschamps ...
Léon Jumaucourt
Raymond Bussières ...
Gaston (as Raymond Bussieres)
Georges Anderson ...
Le père de Togo
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Le père de MC 2 (as Feodor Atkine)
Henri Attal ...
Mohammed
Gaëtan Bloom ...
Gaëtan (as Gaetan Bloom)
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Le pion
Jean Cherlian ...
Le menuisier (as Jean Cherian)
Etienne Draber ...
Le père de Julien
Hélène Dublin ...
Sarah (as Helene Dublin)
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Baptiste 'Bebel' Lavalle and his classmates in Versailles' private high-school Louis XIV enjoy their careless life enough to deliberately fail the exams, a national record of zero graduating pupils. Permissive headmaster Léon Jumaucourt's bitchy wife Lucie takes charge, determined to make them pass. She's no match for Bebel's tricks, despite cruel abuse, but the gang also annoys the public, including the dumb police commissioner. After a mix-up between their bomb-alert prop and a real terrorist group's African embassy attack, Bebel's bunch is condemned to pass their exams or go to jail, and the commissioner, charged with supervision, is in no mood to let them off easily. Written by KGF Vissers

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The memories
11 September 2006 | by (MEXICO) – See all my reviews

Back in the years of high school, a perfect age for this film, cinema for me mend summer time, sky roof theaters, uncomfortable canvas seats, mosquito repellants and a wish that it wouldn't rain.

And one day, I was old enough to take the bus for an one hour travel to the big city where the real cinema theaters were. Together with by best friend, I had my first experience of the short going to see Spiderman. At that age it actually looked good. But the second time we dared to make use of our teenage freedom, we went to this film. The theater was foul. The audience was delighted. We were laughing all the way to the end of the function and some even applauded when it was over.

I never forgot this experience. All the movies that followed had to be compared with this one.

Back in the '80s, in Greece, this film became a legend. French comedies were predominant in those days and we knew French comedians better than their American colleagues. A whole fashion of school movies was provoked by the success of this idea and several bad taste local versions were produced.

Today, apart from me and my friend, probably no one else remembers the comedy that thrilled the country. Personally I still wish for more.


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