In this action comedy the French boxer Jo Cavalier is charmed on the train to Berlin for the Olympics in Hitler's Germany by the little boy Simon Rosenblum who asks his autograph; when it turns out his adorable young fan is a Jewish orphan in danger of persecution, he risks his one shot at Olympic glory to save Simon and his family, helped only by a German officer-gentleman who became his friend in World War I, by an adventurous escape to Switzerland, Nazi troops on their heals and braving impossible odds in roller coaster-style. Written by
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Because of its huge advertising campaign on bill boards and in metro stations 25 French critics called moviegoers to boycott L'AS DES AS. They argued that Belmondo would displace smaller, more important movies like Jacques Demy's UNE CHAMBRE EN VILLE. Belmondo answered in newspapers with the words of Jean Cocteau: "Critics like to blame those who hold their head a little bit higher than the others." And Belmondo added that he does movies only for audiences not for critics. A year later he said in an interview: "Critics say that my movies won't last. Who cares? I live now." See more
The coat of arms from the Romanian flag in front of the hotel where the French delegation has been accommodated was adopted only after 1965. See more
Referenced in Le bourreau des coeurs