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The Red Balloon (1956)

Le ballon rouge (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 11 March 1957 (USA)
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A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

Director:

Albert Lamorisse
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Stars: Jacques Prévert, Udo Langhoff
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pascal Lamorisse ... Pascal - le petit garçon
Georges Sellier Georges Sellier ... Le marchand
Vladimir Popov Vladimir Popov ... Un locataire
Paul Perey Paul Perey
Sabine Lamorisse Sabine Lamorisse ... La petite fille au ballon bleu
Michel Pezin Michel Pezin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renée Marion Renée Marion ... La mère de Pascal
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Storyline

A boy makes friends with a seemingly sentient balloon, and it begins to follow him. It follows the boy to school, to the bus, and to church. Boy and balloon play together in the streets of Paris and try to elude a gang of boys that wants to destroy the balloon. Written by alfiehitchie

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The Academy Award Winning Sensation!


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Balloon See more »

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Production Co:

Films Montsouris See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First film of singer Renaud, aged three. See more »

Goofs

Just after the scene where the boy is turned away from boarding the bus, you see him running off with the balloon in his left hand and the satchel in his right however in the next shot it is reversed. See more »

Quotes

Pascal - le petit garçon: Could you hold my balloon while I'm in school?
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Crazy Credits

With the cooperation of the balloons of the Paris area. See more »

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Referenced in Timmy Time: Timmy and the Balloon (2011) See more »

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Why do I remember the music?
14 January 2005 | by gosportmikeSee all my reviews

With the little grey cells thinner on the ground nowadays, music recall has sadly become a casualty. Asking me to hum a bit of Mozart from memory (I love Mozart) will draw a blank most days. What price then that the gentle melody that accompanies this lovely film came easily back to me over forty years as I read through the postings. It surprised me that no one has highlighted the film's music; for me it eased the belief that a child's balloon trailing a piece of string could display intelligence, devotion, a sense of humour, and then great pathos in its dying. Of course, if this was acting, it was great acting, and how good to hear that the film has resurfaced. I shall continue to watch the listings until it make it onto terrestrial TV, and the get-together will not disappoint. I know this. When I hummed the theme tune through, tears came to my eyes.


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