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Ace of Aces (1982)

L'as des as (original title)
In 1936, a French boxer on his way to the Berlin Olympic Games befriends a local Jewish boy and decides to save him from the Nazis.

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Jo Cavalier
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Gaby Delcourt
Rachid Ferrache ...
Simon Rosenblum
Frank Hoffmann ...
Gunther von Beckman
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Benno Sterzenbach ...
Major Aschbach - Gestapo officer
Yves Pignot ...
Lucien
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Agnia Bogoslava
Peter Bonke
Alain David
Jean-Marie Djebaili
Gerhard Doleschall
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Gerd Roman Frosch
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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 KGF Vissers

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27 October 1982 (France)  »

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FRF 40,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Referenced in Le bourreau des coeurs (1983) See more »

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Belmondo at its best
29 June 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This movie is a fine example of fun adventure, set in hard times. Belmondo plays french boxing coach, who travels to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Naturally he gets in all kind of trouble and saves a jewish family from deporation. Sound no fun? Well it is, the whole theme is played very light hearted and real fun to watch.


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