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The Dinner Game (1998)

Le dîner de cons (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy | 15 April 1998 (France)
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 »

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Jacques Villeret ...
Francis Huster ...
Juste Leblanc
Daniel Prévost ...
Lucien Cheval
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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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Storyline

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 avid participant of the game, runs into one problem after another that devilishly compromises his secrets, turning the tables on him and his objective, which diverges as the movie progresses. Firstly, wishing to be certain he has selected a winner, he invited his guest, Mr. Pignon, to meet him at home before setting off; but night of all nights, Pierre has put his back out and it is questionable whether he can manage to get to the dinner. The blundering Mr. Pignon will continually spring forward to help relieve Pierre of his troubles, which have drastically compounded, pointing in the direction of friends, taxes and women, and Pierre's dimwit Pignon accordingly will prove his substance to the end. Written by Plume Dargent

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A feast for the senseless.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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15 April 1998 (France)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$306,283 (USA) (23 October 1998)

Gross:

$4,065,116 (USA) (3 December 1999)
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Trivia

Francis Veber's play premiered at the Théâtre des Variétés on 17-9-1993. Jacques Villeret played Pignon 600 times. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

François Pignon: Do you sleep with all your editors?
Pierre Brochant: None of your damn business!
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Connections

Remade as Dinner for Schmucks (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Le temps ne fait rien à l'affaire
Written by Georges Brassens
Performed by Georges Brassens
© 1961 Editions musicales 57
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One of the funniest movies, ever!
25 November 2004 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

"Le dîner de cons (Dinner Game)" is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. I have been watching it for more than twenty (20) times, and every time I could capture new details and see it under new angles, making me laugh again and again. Jacques Villeret (aka Francois Pignon) and Thierry Lhermitte (aka Pierre Brochant) both play great roles and I particularly liked a couple of scenes (plus many others): 1) where Francois Pignon has been asked to call Just Leblanc and received very confusing explanation from Pierre Brochant about how someone's name could be "just" Leblanc and 2) of course the phone discussion itself where finally Francois Pignon makes a movie production deal with Just Leblanc, but eventually forgot to mention Pierre's wife... Lots of hilarious situations and true overall Chef d'Oeuvre!


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