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

PG-13  |   |  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 ...
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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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FRF 82,000,000 (estimated)

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

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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: Sometimes I feel like you're really taking me for an imbecile.
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Le temps ne fait rien à l'affaire
Written by Georges Brassens
Performed by Georges Brassens
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Guess Who Is Coming For Dinner
16 November 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

A group of well-to-do snobbish and obnoxious professionals have dinner parties every Wednesday to which each of them is required to bring an "idiot" as a guest. The victims have no idea that they are invited merely to be humiliated and their boorish "sponsors" compare their notes later to determine whose "idiot" was the best. Pierre Brochant( Thierry Lhermitte), the smug publisher thinks that he's got a winner in the tax accountant François Pignon (Jacques Villeret, sadly passed away in January 2005 - great French Comedian whose performance in "Robert and Robert" I enjoyed very much) who reproduces the famous landmarks with the matchsticks and would talk about them with never ending enthusiasm. Unfortunately for Pierre (but fortunately for us, the viewers) he throws his back just before the dinner and has to rely to Pignon's sincere generosity. The tables are turned and look who is an idiot after all...

With the modest running time of 80 minutes, the "Dinner Game" is a delightful and very funny comedy. I would not expect anything else from Francis Veber, the director of Le Jouet, (1976) aka The Toy , La Chèvre, (1981) aka Knock On Wood, Les Compères, (1983) ... aka ComDads, and Les Fugitifs, (1986) and the writer for Le Grand blond avec une chaussure noire, (1972) ... aka The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe.


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