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 »

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Just Visiting (2001)
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A knight and his valet are plagued by a witch, and to repair the damage they make use of the services of a wizard. However, something goes wrong and they are transported from the 12th ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré
Stars: Jean Reno, Christina Applegate, Christian Clavier
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Knight Godefroy de Montmirail and squire Jacquouille are stranded in 1793. Using trickery to break free from their shackles, both perilously partake in the Montmirail family's run away in the quest for an exiting time-shift.

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré
Stars: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Franck Dubosc
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Eight tourists who met in a holiday camp on the Ivory Coast are reunited for a skiing holiday.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Josiane Balasko, Michel Blanc, Marie-Anne Chazel
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

To amuse themselves at a weekly dinner, a few well-heeled folk each bring a dimwit along who is to talk about his pastime. Each member seeks to introduce a champion dumbbell. Pierre, an ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Veber
Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret, Francis Huster
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two neurotics, working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve, get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office.

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré
Stars: Anémone, Josiane Balasko, Marie-Anne Chazel
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Holidaymakers arriving in a Club Med camp on the Ivory Coast are determined to forget their everyday problems and emotional disappointments. Games, competitions, outings, bathing and sunburn accompany a continual succession of casual affairs.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Josiane Balasko, Luis Rego, Marie-Anne Chazel
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After hiding his loot and getting thrown in jail, Ruby, a brooding outlaw encounters Quentin, a dim-witted and garrulous giant who befriends him. After Quentin botches a solo escape attempt... See full summary »

Director: Francis Veber
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jean Reno, Richard Berry
Wasabi (2001)
Action | Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Jean Reno, Ryôko Hirosue, Michel Muller
Taxi I (1998)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Director: Gérard Pirès
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Three half-brothers are reunited at their mother's funeral. After being told of their inheritance they quickly spend the money, only to find out that they will not receive it after all. The... See full summary »

Directors: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan
Stars: Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan, Pascal Légitimus
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A second-class horror movie has to be shown at Cannes Film Festival, but, before each screening, the projectionist is killed by a mysterious fellow, with hammer and sickle, just as it happens in the film to be shown.

Director: Alain Berbérian
Stars: Chantal Lauby, Alain Chabat, Dominique Farrugia
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Squale, an ace spy, is called back from South America to carry out a tough operation. Goal: dismantle an international arms traffic masterminded by an important French government official. ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré
Stars: Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Isabelle Renauld
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Priest
Didier Bénureau ...
Frédéric Baptiste ...
Freddy
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

They Weren't Born Yesterday! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

12 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Visitors  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$700,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Top selling movie in france in 1993 See more »

Goofs

The horse Godefroy is riding which they found in the pasture after arriving in the future has no saddle, yet in several shots of him riding the horse a saddle is clearly visible. No saddle is visible once Godefroy jumps off the horse in the church. See more »

Quotes

Intern Beauvin: Your patient is very dangerous - he nearly tore my scrotum apart.
Jacquouille la Fripouille: Limp scrotum! Limp scrotum!
[laughs]
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in La Haine (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonie Ecossaise
(Extraits)
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Félix Mendelsshon)
Performed by The Czech Symphony Orchestra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

The only film where stupidity actually makes sense.
15 June 2003 | by (Sydney, AU) – See all my reviews

I'm Chinese who reside in Sydney, Australia, and was fortunate to have a government operated television studio to show foreign programs in its original language with English subtitles.

More fortunate isn't because of the showing of the Hong Kong Kung-Fu films but the funniest film in anyone's language ‘Les Visiteurs'. As the English subtitles has already provided so much enjoyment to the film, I would assume most of the French would have laugh until they start coughing, to the extended of suffering from a sore throat.

OOOKAY!! – Which was frequently used in the film deliverers the impact to some the comic relief, but from my point of view, it is not a simple comedy to make. Some research was properly done to imagine someone who had lived in the middle ages, not forgetting their customs and habits from that era, then place them to the present day, you will end up witnessing similar chaos and disasters that is far worse than Mr. Bean.

My favorite is when they call the car a ‘chariot', also the subtitles is presented with Medieval English, I would imagine the same in French.

This is not doubt the funniest movie I have seen in my lifetime, the way they mess up the bathroom made me though it was stupid at first, but then I realize it actually make sense, as this is how they clean themselves back in the middle ages. This film beats my funniest English film, which is ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' directed by Yoda (i.e. Frank Oz)


18 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
One of the greatest comedies I've ever seen dma007
Great comedy steffi_nor
Valerie´s accent airborne60
Valérie Lemercier was perfect janemddunn
Song Question ammiabc
Visiteurs/Visitors/Ju st Visiting bagoasthepersian
Discuss Les visiteurs (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?