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The Dinner Game (1998)
"Le dîner de cons" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  15 April 1998 (France)
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Each week, Pierre and his friends organize what is called as "un dîner de cons". Everyone brings the dumbest guy he could find as a guest. Pierre thinks his champ -François Pignon- will ... See full summary »

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Jacques Villeret ...
Francis Huster ...
Juste Leblanc
Daniel Prévost ...
Lucien Cheval
Alexandra Vandernoot ...
Christine Brochant
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Marlène Sasseur
Benoît Bellal ...
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Jacques Bleu ...
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Philippe Brigaud ...
Tanner (boomerang thrower)
Michel Caccia ...
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Laurent Gendron ...
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Mykhaël Georges-Schar ...
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Edgar Givry ...
Cordier
Pierre-Arnaud Juin ...
Boissonade
Daniel Martin ...
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Each week, Pierre and his friends organize what is called as "un dîner de cons". Everyone brings the dumbest guy he could find as a guest. Pierre thinks his champ -François Pignon- will steal the show. Written by Laurence Chassaing

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15 April 1998 (France)  »

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FRF 82,000,000 (estimated)

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£21,484 (UK) (9 July 1999)

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$4,065,116 (USA) (3 December 1999)
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Gérard Depardieu was considered for the role of Pierre Brochant. See more »

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At the beginning, the train has two locomotives, then with four, then back to two. See more »

Quotes

François Pignon: [after hanging up the phone] That was your sister.
Pierre Brochant: I don't have a sister.
François Pignon: [appears confused] Really? I asked her who she was, and she said "His sister".
Pierre Brochant: [incredously to himself] He called Marlène!
François Pignon: She's not your sister?
Pierre Brochant: That's her name! Hissister! Marlène Hissister!
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Featured in Francis Veber artisan du rire: La saga Pignon (2001) See more »

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Performed by Georges Brassens
© 1961 Editions musicales 57
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Hilarious!
5 January 2005 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

"Le Diner de Cons" is one of those great comedies that the French know really well how to produce: The action is fast, the scenes are hilarious, and the viewer just can't stop laughing as totally extraordinary things happen in totally ordinary circumstances. The mastery in this type of films is that they need not be big-budget productions ("LDdC" has been actually shot mostly inside a single apartment), while they manage to achieve a very high rating for their impeccable viewing pleasure they bring to us.

"LDdC" is about a group of rather cruel friends, who have fun by organizing dinners in which they invite idiots and get amused by them. The winner is the one who will bring the biggest idiot, and Pierre (Lhermitte) thinks he was found the world champion in the face of Francois Pignon (Villeret). He therefore decides to invite him in his house for a drink, and then take him to the dinner. However, things do not go as planned, as during Pignot's stay in Pierre's house unbelievable things begin to happen...

Villeret is simply amazing in his role as Pignon, standing above everyone else in this film. This should not mean that the other performances are not good, however: In fact, everyone does a good job, despite the fact that most actors perform very short appearances.

"LDdC" is a movie that will make you laugh, but in fact, it will also make you think; behind the fun, the film conveys a very humane and meaningful message. Don't miss it! 9/10.


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