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Babette Goes to War (1959)

Babette s'en va-t-en guerre (original title)
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Comedy about a naive French country girl in London who helps the war effort by parachuting into German-occupied France to help kidnap an important German general. She bungles through to a heroic finish of plot and counter-plot.

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Christian-Jaque (as Christian Jaque)

Writers:

Michel Audiard (dialogue), Jacques Emmanuel (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Bardot ... Babette
Jacques Charrier ... Gérard de Crécy
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Fitzpatrick
Michael Cramer ... Heinrich
René Havard René Havard ... Louis
Mona Goya ... Mme Fernande
Viviane Gosset Viviane Gosset ... La Duchesse de Crécy
Robert Berri Robert Berri ... Sgt. Bill
Françoise Belin Françoise Belin ... Mado
Charles Bouillaud Charles Bouillaud ... Pierrot
Alain Bouvette Alain Bouvette ... Emile
Max Elloy ... Firmin
Jacques Hilling Jacques Hilling ... Captain
Ariane Lancell Ariane Lancell ... Girl / Une fille
Günter Meisner ... First Gestapo officer / Le premier gestapiste
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During WW2, as the German forces rapidly advance toward the French coast, naive French country girl Babette makes her way to the coastal town of Dieppe. She is looking for work as a house maid at Madame Fernande's cat-house. Unfortunately, Madame Fernande and her girls are about to be evacuated to England by a French boat. Having no other choice, Babette decides to follow Madame Fernande to England. In London, Babette makes her way to the headquarters of the Free French Forces to make herself useful. She is hired as a maid, kitchen helper, housekeeper and eventually switchboard operator. Babette isn't too bright but she catches the eye of young and handsome French lieutenant Gérard De Crécy-Lozère. His aristocratic parents live in France but he is in London fighting under General De Gaulle, assigned to wartime intelligence. Babette also catches the eye of British Intelligence colonel Fitzpatrick who is astonished at the similarity between Babette and Hilda. Hilda is German General ... Written by nufs68

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Comedy | War

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

March 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Babette Goes to War See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.11 (1961) See more »

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a movie with a heart
6 September 2003 | by wrvisser-leusden-nlSee all my reviews

It takes some time to get used to, but 'Babette s'en van-t-en guerre' (> Babette goes to war) is a Bardot-movie without sex. Back in 1959 Brigitte wanted to prove that she could carry on without, and so she did.

This movie is family-entertainment. A light comedy, with a convincing principal role by Brigitte Bardot. Although its very French concept is clearly outdated now, 'Babette' surely must have appealed to the (European) public taste of the fifties and sixties. A time whem memories of world war II were still vivid.

What remains today, is 'Babette's' freshness and warmth. If you are prepared to go back in time, this movie still entertains.


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