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Mon pote le gitan (1959)

What do the well-to-do Védrineses have to do with a bunch of unpolished Gypsies like the Pittuitis? Nothing surely ... except that Théo Védrines, the son of the well-known publisher, has ... See full summary »


François Gir


Alain Blancel, Michel Duran (dialogue) | 4 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Jean Richard ... Pittuiti
Louis de Funès ... Védrines
Gregori Chmara ... Le pépé
Michel Subor ... Bruno Pittuiti
Guy Bertil Guy Bertil ... Théo Védrines
Lila Kedrova ... La Choute
Simone Paris Simone Paris ... Madame Védrines
Anne Doat ... Gisèle Védrines
Brigitte Auber ... Odette
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
François Bonnefois François Bonnefois
Jacqueline Caurat Jacqueline Caurat ... La reporter
Monique Dagand Monique Dagand
Robert Destain Robert Destain
Teresa Dimitri Teresa Dimitri ... Zita
Luce Fabiole Luce Fabiole


What do the well-to-do Védrineses have to do with a bunch of unpolished Gypsies like the Pittuitis? Nothing surely ... except that Théo Védrines, the son of the well-known publisher, has knocked up Zita, a Gypsy girl. Pittuiti sees red and decides to demand an eye for an eye. To this effect he sends his son Bruno, a guitarist, to the Védrineses', with the mission -not so impossible!- to seduce Gisèle, their daughter, in reprisal... Written by Guy Bellinger

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2 December 1959 (France) See more »

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Il dottor Zigano See more »

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Mon Pote le Gitan
Music by Marc Heyral
Lyrics by Jacques Verrières
Performed by Jacques Verrières
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Lex Talionis
13 March 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Although Louis De Funès is the star of the film (and he remains true to form ,particularly in the sequences in his office) ,"Mon Pote Le Gitan" is more remembered as a song (which is heard in the movie) than as a movie,the only one directed by François Gir ,actress Jeanne Fusier-Gir's son.

A Young man of means gets a Young gypsy pregnant whereas his parents ,mainly his mom,are still dreaming of a money match ;the future mother's brother asks for a compensation: a writer,he wants his book to win the Great Bear prize ,a literary award given by Daddy De Funès's publishing business;but the gypsy's father (Jean Richard) won't hear of it:he demands an eye for an eye :the Young writer must seduce (and get pregnant) the intellectual sister from the good family.

Rather funny in its first part,the movie loses steam halfway through and does not avoid coarseness and false poetry ;besides those gypsies portrayed by Jean Richard and Michel Subor don't look like gypsies at all.

Two of the actors of the cast were used by Hitchcock himself:Brigitte Auber whose acrobat talents the master would appreciate ("to catch a thief") and Michel Subor (unfortunately, in the doomed "topaz").

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