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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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Claude Zidi's comedy film "Les Sous-Doués Passent Le Bac" gets a perfect score 10/10.
9 August 2014 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

'Baccalauréat' examination is a very important feature of French culture and civilization. Its importance can be assessed by the fact that the intellectual stance of a person is measured in France by ascertaining how many marks did that person get in his/her 'baccalauréat'/"Bac" examinations.Each year,this examination receives elaborate press as well as electronic media coverage. Despite the importance of this examination which is extremely popular outside of France too, there are not many French films which have shown the importance of "Baccalauréat" examination in a light manner. This is one reason why "Les Sous-Doués Passent Le Bac" must be considered a major achievement in the history of French cinema as it treats 'baccalauréat' examination in a very light fashion.French director Claude Zidi chose to highlight restrictions which were put on a group of students in order to make them succeed in their "Bac" exams. Watching this film, it appears as if the students have lost their sense of freedom. It is at this juncture that they decide to play ingenious tricks in classroom in order to score excellent grades. Les Sous-Doués Passent Le Bac shows us the world of students from their perspective as it enables us to understand why youngsters would like to have fun at all costs. It is a pure, visual delight to watch leading men of French cinema Daniel Auteuil, Michel Galabru, Feodor Atkine and Richard Bohringer. Lastly, Claude Zidi worked in close association with Didier Kaminka and Michel Fabre to pen a highly inventive script full of gags and unexpected comic situations.


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