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The Elusive Corporal (1962)

Le caporal épinglé (original title)
TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama, War | 23 May 1962 (France)
An upper-class corporal from Paris is captured by the Germans when they invade France in 1940. Assisted and accompanied by characters as diverse as a morose dairy farmer, a waiter, a myopic... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Renoir

Writers:

Jacques Perret (novel), Jean Renoir (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Le caporal / The Corporal
Claude Brasseur ... 'Papa' / 'Pop'
O.E. Hasse ... Le voyageur ivre dans le train
Claude Rich ... Ballochet
Jacques Jouanneau Jacques Jouanneau ... Penche-à-gauche
Sacha Briquet Sacha Briquet ... L'évadé grimé en vielle femme
Raymond Jourdan Raymond Jourdan ... Hippolyte Dupieu
Guy Bedos ... Le prisonnier qui bégaye
Philippe Castelli Philippe Castelli ... Le prisonnier électricien
Gérard Darrieu Gérard Darrieu ... L'homme qui louche / The cross-eyed man
Lucien Raimbourg Lucien Raimbourg ... L'employé de la gare
François Darbon François Darbon ... Un paysan / The last man
Cornelia Froboess ... Erika Schmidt (as Conny Froboess)
Elisabeth Marcus Elisabeth Marcus ... Dr Ursula Schmidt
Elisabeth Stiepl Elisabeth Stiepl ... Station Buffet Waitress (as Elisabeth Stiepel)
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An upper-class corporal from Paris is captured by the Germans when they invade France in 1940. Assisted and accompanied by characters as diverse as a morose dairy farmer, a waiter, a myopic intellectual, a working-class Parisian, and a German dental assistant, the corporal tries to escape from prison camps, sometimes making it a few yards, sometimes reaching the French border. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Connections

Featured in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.31 (1961) See more »

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This is a decent piece late in Renoir's career in the same vein as prior works such as Grand Illusion
24 September 2020 | by mehoknicksSee all my reviews

The closest Renoir ever came to a direct remake. Though to write it off so is to not only misunderstand the film, but his development between '37 and '62. Where the former encapsulates a bittersweet hope for fraternite among all men on the verge of a catastrophe, the latter swings wildly from burlesque humor to tragic resignation in a struggle for personal freedom in it's aftermath.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

23 May 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Elusive Corporal See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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