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Carom Shots (1963)

Carambolages (original title)
The story takes place in a luxury building of about ten floors where the "321" agency has its headquarters. The company watches over the holidays of its customers.

Director:

Marcel Bluwal

Writers:

Pierre Tchernia (scenario), Fred Kassak (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Paul Martin
Louis de Funès ... Norbert Charolais
Michel Serrault ... Le commissaire Baudu / Policeman Baudu
Sophie Daumier ... Solange
Anne Tonietti Anne Tonietti ... Danielle Brossard
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Brossard
Alfred Adam ... Hubert Beaumanoir
Marcelle Arnold Marcelle Arnold ... Mademoiselle Andréa
René Clermont René Clermont ... Frépillon
Jacques Dynam ... Macheron
Paul Gay Paul Gay ... Le speaker TV
Gilberte Géniat Gilberte Géniat ... Madame Brossard
Jean Ozenne Jean Ozenne ... D'Aleyrac
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Guy Bedos
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The story takes place in a luxury building of about ten floors where the "321" agency has its headquarters. The company watches over the holidays of its customers.

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Comedy | Crime

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Connections

References One, Two, Three (1961) See more »

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Corporate Black Comedy of Errors
3 February 2011 | by ONensloSee all my reviews

Carambolages is a mildly amusing French look at climbing the corporate ladder. Brialy is the subservient brown-nosing youngster who needs quick advancement up the hierarchy to pay for the modern lifestyle he is buying on credit. Seeing that marrying his immediate superior's daughter will not get him the results he wants, he begins plotting the demise of the head of the company. The company itself specializes in holiday travel and unscrupulously brutalizes its customers for maximum profit, spending more thought on publicity gimmicks than customer service, and de Funes is good as the head of the company, perpetually distracted except when scheming to terrorize his customers or to dispose of the man having an affair with his wife. Nothing goes as planned, this being a comedy, but there are enough murderous ploys going around to take out quite a few of Brialy's obstacles. Corporate culture seems to have been branded as a primarily American phenomenon by the U.S. films of the '60s, and this was a refreshingly different view. Not what I consider screamingly funny, but amusing enough, and fun to watch.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 May 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Karambolage See more »

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