Les visiteurs (1993)

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A medieval nobleman and his squire are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. He enlists the aid of his descendent to try to find a way to return home, all the... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bujeau ...
Isabelle Nanty ...
Gérard Séty ...
Didier Pain ...
Jean-Paul Muel ...
Arielle Sémenoff ...
Jacqueline (as Ariel Séménoff)
Michel Peyrelon ...
Edouard Bernay
Pierre Vial ...
Wizard Eusebius / Monsieur Ferdinand
François Lalande ...
Didier Bénureau ...
Frédéric Baptiste ...


A medieval nobleman and his squire are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. He enlists the aid of his descendent to try to find a way to return home, all the while trying to cope with the cultural and technological changes distinguishing his time from ours. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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When an 11th century knight and his loyal servant try to go back in time, only one thing will stand in their way. The 20th century. See more »


Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Visitors  »

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Box Office


FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)


$700,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Top selling movie in france in 1993 See more »


(at around 1h 04 mins) When Godefroy is on the phone to Jaquard at the bowling alley, the microphone can be seen darting about just above the clock on the mantelpiece. See more »


Jacquouille la Fripouille: Don't drink it
[the potion]
Jacquouille la Fripouille: , Sire! You might turn into a frog, a bat, a goat, or a nun's arse!
Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail: You're right. Drink first!
Jacquouille la Fripouille: Me?
Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail: Let's see if you turn into a nun's arse. If you do, I'll seek revenge.
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Crazy Credits

After the final credits role, stick around for a "Hello to all you credits-lovers!" accompanied by a waving medieval knight. See more »


Remade as Just Visiting (2001) See more »


Concerto pour violon et orchestre en Mi mineur
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Félix Mendelsshon)
Performed by The Czech Symphony Orchestra
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Immensely Enjoyable
17 June 2004 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Looking at some of the other comments, not everyone is in agreement here, but I have really liked "Les Visiteurs". The original is so good, its a pity they had to spoil with the Americanized version - 'Just Visiting' - which is at best an insult on the intelligence of the American viewing public.

For us that do not understand French, they have done a tremendous job with the English subtitles (translating a kind of 'medieval' French into a comparable type of old English – modern swearwords included). In fact, the job is so well done, that we had a lot of laughs just by comparing the film's verbal antics to the translation. Even though I do not speak French myself, it is quite clear that a lot of effort had gone into this. Sometimes the conversations are fast and furious, so it's worthwhile to see the movie a second time. Even on the second pass, there was a lot to laugh at.

This is meant to be slapstick and the story is a total farce, so it's hard to see why some viewers apparently expected more. I thought it was well done, and very well executed. Even though this whole thing is intended as a joke, the reactions of the medieval guys are quite believable.

The movie is a blast!

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