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The Grand Maneuver (1955)

Les grandes manoeuvres (original title)
A French lieutenant makes a bet that he can seduce any woman in town in the two weeks before his regiment leaves for maneuvers, but his chosen target (a Parisian divorcée) isn't like other girls he's known.

Director:

René Clair

Writers:

René Clair (screenplay and dialogue), Jérôme Géronimi (adaptation) (as Jérome Géronimi) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michèle Morgan ... Marie-Louise Rivière
Gérard Philipe ... Le lieutenant Armand de la Verne
Jean Desailly ... Victor Duverger
Pierre Dux ... Le colonel
Jacques Fabbri ... L'ordonnance d'Armand
Jacques François ... Rodolphe
Yves Robert ... Le lieutenant Félix Leroy
Brigitte Bardot ... Lucie
Lise Delamare Lise Delamare ... Juliette Duverger
Jacqueline Maillan ... Jeanne Duverger, une soeur de Victor
Magali Noël ... Thérèse, la chanteuse (as Magali Noel)
Simone Valère ... Gisèle Monnet (as Simone Valere)
Catherine Anouilh Catherine Anouilh ... Alice, la fille du préfet
Madeleine Barbulée Madeleine Barbulée ... La dame au chapeau jaune
Dany Carrel ... Rose-Mousse
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A French lieutenant makes a bet that he can seduce any woman in town in the two weeks before his regiment leaves for maneuvers, but his chosen target (a Parisian divorcée) isn't like other girls he's known.

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The dashing Lieutenant of Dragoons, after all had a certain reputation to uphold...while the ravishing Lady from Paris, at best, had only an uncertain fortress to defend... See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

1 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grand Maneuver See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

French censorship visa #16.679. See more »

Quotes

Le lieutenant Armand de la Verne: Everything dealing with fate is important.
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Alternate Versions

A darker alternate ending was shot and is included on the UK DVD: riding off to the manoeuvres, Armand sees Mdme Rivière's window is open and smiles, believing he is forgiven. The camera then cranes up to the window - where we see the maid discovering Madme Riviere's dead body in bed. See more »

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Referenced in Wild Innocence (2001) See more »

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A first for Rene Clair
19 September 2002 | by J_MucciSee all my reviews

One shouldn't be dissuaded from seeing this film because of one disappointed viewer. It is a charming and beautifully crafted film, not often seen in the U.S., but well worth watching. It is very Gallic in its attitudes, which means that it has a certain amount of gallantry, chauvinism, sexism, and a plain, old-fashioned outlook on the sports of love, but it refuses to be pinned down to a formula, or to have a pat ending. I find it ever so much better than Clair's earlier work, and if you can shift your mental gears to the French way of thinking, it is a very rewarding, bittersweet film.


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