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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 prank with the hearing aid wouldn't work because the professor would hear his own amplified voice when saying "speak louder" to the pupils. See more »

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Like any other in pop culture, Japan seems always to be very adaptable anything that is "cool", with knowing of meaning of it isn't important. The celebration of Christmas Day is long gone.

Yes, I do remember this movie, of course. This was a huge hit in Japan when I was growing up... Japanese titled "The Cunning: IQ=0". I was in my first or second grade, all the kids learned the tricks of cheating exams, well, not during the real exams, but to act like those kids in the movie. That was a real fun to do.

And if I was right, there was a sequence of this film. Either way, I wish this movie was more well-distributed than it was, to this day, it remains as a "cult" film.

We enjoyed it a lot in Japan back then, it is so cool movie, we even did not know (or bother to know) this is from France.


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