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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.


Christian-Jaque (as Christian Jaque)


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Bardot ... Babette
Jacques Charrier ... Gérard de Crécy
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


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

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French cinema seemed to have trouble taking full advantage of Bardot's drawing power
30 July 2005 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

With the film "Babette s'en va-t-en guerre," directed by Christian Jaque, Brigitte attempted to break out of the mold that her previous roles had forged...

Here she played opposite Jacques Charrier, with their ensuing real-life romance and marriage serving to fuel the fires of their already overwhelming publicity… Though Bardot wore a uniform in this movie, the idea as a whole was not enough to carry the film… It was, in fact, Francis Blanche playing a Nazi officer who triumphed…

Later that year, Brigitte and Michel Boisrond met again to film a detective yarn called "Voulez-vous danser avec moi?" Bardot had become an international star, but, unfortunately, French cinema seemed to have trouble taking full advantage of her drawing power

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March 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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