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Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté (1988)

A successful entrepreneur in his fifties, will decide to abandon his loved ones and the empire he has built, just to find the liberty he has been seeking, not knowing that the itinerary of one's life often changes in the funniest of ways.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Lion
Albert Duvivier, dit Al
Yvette, 1ère femme de Sam
Béatrice Agenin ...
Corinne, dernière femme de Sam
Marie-Sophie L. ...
Victoria, fille de Sam
Jean-Philippe Chatrier ...
Jean-Philippe, fils de Sam
Une rencontre de Sam
Michel Beaune ...
Notaire de Sam
Pierre Vernier ...
Curé de Sam
Philippe Lorin ...
Toubib de Sam
Annie Philippe ...
Secrétaire de Sam
Céline Caussimon ...
Soeur de Al
Pierrot Duvivier, père de Al
Alexis Gruss ...
Monsieur Loyal
Nicolas Mallet ...
Sam à 3 ans


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Release Date:

30 November 1988 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Der Löwe  »

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2.35 : 1
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It was the last big hit of Belmondo's career. See more »


Around 00:07:22, when "Sam" is on the ground, we clearly see that it's a mannequin, not an actor. See more »


Sam Lion: Do you really speak French?
Une rencontre de Sam: If you want to talk, yes.
Sam Lion: A taxi driver told me this was the place to go in Hamburg.
Une rencontre de Sam: As far as i'm concerned, it's 300 marks for an hour, 1000 marks for a night... and free if you marry me!
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Jean Paul Belmondo's best role
9 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sam Lion (Jean Paul Belmondo) discovers he needs to take some time off as everybody around him relies to much on him and stages his own death. When he discovers those he loved ans still loves are in need, he gets Albert Duvivier (Richard Anconina) to help them. In search of his own past, of his own desires, this fabulous film by Claude Lelouch is a man's quest for himself at a ripe age.

Built like all Lelouch films, the film's beginning with constant flashbacks may be puzzling, especially scenes where Paul Belmondo (who looks a huge lot like his father) is playing a young Sam Lion while Sam Lion stands in the same room - a flashback sequence which takes a second to grasp.

One of Lelouch's most elaborate works, L'itineraire d'un infant gate is a must-see tale of self fulfilment.

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