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Release Date:
20 March 1998 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Si tu ne viens pas à Lagardère, Lagardère ira à toi!
Plot:
The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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(2 articles)
Lead Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated
 (From SoundOnSight. 27 February 2013, 2:18 PM, PST)

Swords on screen: A swash well buckled
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 14 October 2011, 1:48 AM, PDT)

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Rapier fencing at its best in the tradition of Scaramouche and Cyrano. See more (30 total) »

Cast

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Daniel Auteuil ... Lagardère / Le bossu

Fabrice Luchini ... Gonzague

Vincent Perez ... Duc de Nevers

Marie Gillain ... Aurore
Yann Collette ... Peyrolles
Jean-François Stévenin ... Cocardasse
Didier Pain ... Passepoil
Charlie Nelson ... Esope
Claire Nebout ... Blanche

Philippe Noiret ... Philippe d'Orléans
Jacques Sereys ... Caylus (as Jacques Sereys Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Renato Scarpa ... Paolo
Ludovica Tinghi ... Ornella
James Thiérrée ... Marcello

Sacha Bourdo ... Giuseppe
Margot Marguerite ... Bergues
Jean Antolinos ... Magistrat
Urbain Cancelier ... Argenson
Simon Doniol-Valcroze ... Agioteur d'Ursulines
Xavier Doumen ... Spadassin cour de ferme
Etienne Draber ... Un courtier
Gérard Gros ... D'Esparon
François Levantal ... Cavalier à la missive
Jean Le Rouzic ... Chapelain Caylus
Thierry Nenez ... Domestique Caylus
Jacques Villa ... Chambellan
Kal Baguerra (as Karl Baguera)
Armand de Baudry d'Asson
Jean-Marc Bertre
Jacky Boiron
Benoît Bollée
Bruno Cadillon
Colette Casside
Geneviève Delanne
Thierry Delhomme
Fabien Delisle
Laurent Gauthier
Roberto Gazoline
Didier Grignon
Pascal Laillet
Eric Larzat
Jean-Pierre Loustau
Philippe Louvat
Animata Maiga
Gérard Maliborgne
Daniel Milgram
Luc Palun
Jean-Louis Raynaud
Sylvain Retif
Robert Olivier
Thomas Roux
Delphine Serina
Patrick Steltzer
Franck Trillot
Ambre Valade
Anna Gaylor ... Une dame bourgeoise
Carla Chaleil-Salmon ... Enfant #1
Lisa Leroy-Laugier ... Enfant #2
Louise Koubi ... Enfant #3
Cuila Demont ... Enfant #4
Éléonore Godeau ... Enfant #5
Alice Godeau ... Enfant #6
Laura Asoni ... Enfant #7
Ayrton Grimaud ... Enfant #8
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lee Delong ... (uncredited)
Christian Mulot ... Cascadeur escrime (uncredited)
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Directed by
Philippe de Broca 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philippe de Broca 
Jean Cosmos 
Paul Féval  book
Jérôme Tonnerre 

Produced by
Vittorio Cecchi Gori .... co-producer
Françoise Galfré .... executive producer
Patrick Godeau .... producer
Rita Rusic .... co-producer (as Rita Cecchi Gori)
 
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
 
Cinematography by
Jean-François Robin 
 
Film Editing by
Henri Lanoë 
 
Casting by
Lissa Pillu 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Vézat 
 
Costume Design by
Christian Gasc 
 
Makeup Department
Michèle Constantinides .... makeup artist
Michel Deruelle .... makeup artist
Benoît Lestang .... makeup artist
Nathalie Tabareau .... additional makeup artist
Marianne Collette .... makeup artist: crowd (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Didier Abot .... assistant unit manager
Xavier Gens .... unit manager trainee
Michel Jullien .... unit production manager
Olivier Lagny .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Olivier Coutard .... second assistant director
Vincent Dachet .... third assistant director
Serge Onteniente .... assistant director (as Serge Boutleroff)
 
Art Department
Stéphane Cressend .... property master
Sylvie Deldon .... assistant decorator
Jiri Hanibal Jr. .... sculptor
Arnaud Putman .... swing gang
Marc Renault .... prop buyer
Marc Renault .... property master
Vincent Sentis .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
William Flageollet .... sound mixer
Laurent Quaglio .... sound effects supervisor
Marianne Roussy .... sound trainee
 
Special Effects by
Christian Guillon .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Olivier Cotte .... digital effects artist
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects
Fred Place .... digital compositor
Isabelle Roussel .... digital compositor
Paul Swendsen .... matte painter
Paul Swendsen .... plate supervisor
 
Stunts
Jean-Louis Airola .... stunts
Michel Anderson .... stunts
Alain Barbier .... stunts
Christian Bergner .... stunt rider
Jean-Claude Braquet .... stunts
William Cagnard .... stunts
Michel Carliez .... stunt and fencing advisor
Guillaume Castillon .... stunts
Guy Di Rigo .... stunts
Barbara Dupont .... stunt rider
Pascal Guégan .... stunts
Philippe Guégan .... stunts
Christian Hening .... stunts
Jerome Henry .... stunts
Pascal Madura .... stunt rider
Philippe Morel .... stunts
Patrick Médioni .... stunts
Alain Saugout .... stunts
Eric Tonetto .... stunt rider
Josy Venon .... stunts
Lionel Vitrant .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Paul Agostini .... second assistant camera
Yves Agostini .... camera operator
Philippe Canu .... grip
Alain Dutartre .... first assistant camera
Jean-Marie Leroy .... still photographer
Richard Vidal .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Catherine Deserbais .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tess Hammami .... costumer
Florence Sadaune .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Julie Decondé .... trainee editor
Jérôme Bigueur .... digitally restored version (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Valérie Lindon .... music producer
 
Other crew
Patrick Boshart .... location scout
Ian Burley .... translator: English dubbed version
Corinne Devaux .... choreographer
Emmanuel Rondeau du Noyer .... location scout
Gianluca Lazzaroni .... production secretary
Caroline Ruelle .... location scout
Nora Salhi .... production accountant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le bossu" - France (original title)
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128 min
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Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the Duc dubs Lagardère, the sword he draws and uses is a fencing foil, complete with guarded tip, rather than the rapier he uses in a later scene.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Lagardère (2003) (TV)See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Rapier fencing at its best in the tradition of Scaramouche and Cyrano., 4 July 2006
Author: Deusvolt from United States

I first mistook Daniel Auteuil for Gerard Depardieu. The French, it seems, have a predilection for unhandsome actors the likes of Yves Montand and Jean Paul Belmondo. But I am not complaining. I like them because they are so credible.

I highly recommend this movie if you liked Scaramouche, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Three Musketeers and other movies featuring dazzling rapier swordplay. The wonderful scenery, excellent choice of locations, intricate props and background really brings you back to France in the 1700s.

A nice American connection is made when the villain Gonzague is shown to be selling shareholdings in a land venture in Mississippi which at the time was still in French hands.

The armsmasters, fencing instructors and stuntmen did a wonderful job. The "Nevers attack," however, is dubious. A trained fencer can easily foil it.

Did you feel like giving the Duke of Nevers a scuff on the head for being so careless with his wealth and his life? But there are real people like that.

At times, the plot and dialog become maudlin perhaps as a sop to the ladies who would have to watch the movie with swordplay enthusiasts.

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