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Dandelions by the Roots (1964)

Des pissenlits par la racine (original title)
Jockey Jack has a bill open with a gangster just released from jail. He somehow manages to parry the gangster's knife attack backstage at a theatre and the latter ends up dead being put ... See full summary »

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Georges Lautner

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Clarence Weff (based upon the novel by), Clarence Weff (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis de Funès ... Jockey Jack
Michel Serrault ... Jérôme
Mireille Darc ... Rockie La Braise
Maurice Biraud ... Jo Arengeot
Francis Blanche ... Absalon
Raymond Meunier Raymond Meunier ... La Douane
Hubert Deschamps ... Général Fréderic Cédille
Gianni Musy Gianni Musy ... Riton, dit 'Pommes-Chips'
Barbara Brand Barbara Brand ... La comédienne qui joue Sonia
Paola Barbara ... La comédienne qui joue Sonia
Hélène Laffly Hélène Laffly ... Une invitée de Christine
Simone Landry Simone Landry ... Une invitée de Christine
Raymone Raymone
Colette Régis Colette Régis ... Christine
Malka Ribowska Malka Ribowska ... La comtesse
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Jockey Jack has a bill open with a gangster just released from jail. He somehow manages to parry the gangster's knife attack backstage at a theatre and the latter ends up dead being put into a double bass case. A day later the gangster mysteriously has disappeared, but it turns out that he was carrying a bet ticket for a horse race now worth over a million. A turbulent run for the money begins. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Language:

French

Release Date:

6 May 1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dandelions by the Roots See more »

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Mono
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When the gangster throws the knife after Jockey Jack, it ends up sticking in the framework at an impossible angle. See more »

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voilà, finally a genius french comedy
2 January 2009 | by cheese_cakeSee all my reviews

France as we all know is famous for their art-house flicks, the new wave, the new new wave and of course old school gangster flicks. therefore, i was amazed to find this gem of a gangster spoof funny movie. you know a movie is good, when you can't even tell its plot, a. because it too nebulous/zany, b. it would ruin it for you. it has more twists than a road winding along the ocean front of California and it runs like a well oiled Peugeot (i know) from a vintage class. fast and so so smooth.

it starts with a gangster who just got out of jail, named Pomme-Chips (hehehe...french fries, genius)...who's out to get his revenge on the guy who stole his girl. he's got friends, there's gambling, the guy he's after has a cousin who's in a play, his girlfriend gets seduced again...they all meet in a bar, then a play house, an elevator, a party with a general, a huge viola has a significant cameo, skeletons and so on. i really just can't tell you more about the story, but it will not bore you for a second.

the dialog is insanely good, eg, 110 00:10:45,573 --> 00:10:50,442 Did you see her hips sway? Only women who've suffered have that. 111 00:10:50,613 --> 00:10:53,730 Are you talking nonsense now? - Yes.

the title translates to "salad by the roots"...no idea what the analogy is to. the cast is semi-famous from that era and they do a killer job. the girlfriend starts out hot and only keeps on getting into more stylish (cough) outfits. good ole un-feminism. i like the whole french style, direct and to the point. the old uncle is a hoot...i'm laughing just thinking about that scene. the director is unfairly obscure outside of France, despite having made a bunch of comic gems, but the fking french never provide any English subs...la moral superiorite et la frenchies....see my french even got better...tut a laire, aloe, bon nuit (sounds good in my head...hehehe) !!!


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