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The Great Spy Chase (1964)

Les Barbouzes (original title)
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A cold-war spy parody. After the death of an armaments manufacturer, an international group of spies is drawn into a high-stakes battle of wits to obtain the valuable military patents which... See full summary »


Georges Lautner


Michel Audiard (dialogue), Albert Simonin



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Francis Lagneau
Francis Blanche ... Boris Vassiliev
Bernard Blier ... Eusebio Cafarelli
Mireille Darc ... Amaranthe
Jess Hahn ... Le Commodore O'Brien
André Weber André Weber ... Rudolphe Rossini
Louis Arbessier Louis Arbessier ... The Swiss Colonel
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ... Le douanier (scenes deleted)
Françoise Giret Françoise Giret ... Mme Pauline
Violette Marceau Violette Marceau ... Rosalinde
Anne-Marie Blot Anne-Marie Blot
Yves Elliot Yves Elliot
Jean-Pierre Moutier Jean-Pierre Moutier ... (as J.P. Moutier)
Jean-François Régnier Jean-François Régnier ... (as J.F. Régnier)
Michel Duplaix Michel Duplaix ... Le barbouze avec Fiduc


A cold-war spy parody. After the death of an armaments manufacturer, an international group of spies is drawn into a high-stakes battle of wits to obtain the valuable military patents which have been inherited by the lovely widow. Written by Jon von Zelowitz

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RUN...love takes you where the spies are...PURSUE...women who are curved like weapons...Hide...with the one you seek...and the sparks fly upward... See more »


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Release Date:

May 1966 (USA) See more »

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The Great Spy Chase See more »

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S.N.E. Gaumont See more »
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1.66 : 1
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References Shadow of Evil (1964) See more »

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Secret war (dad)
10 September 2017 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

I pick this movie for 3 reasons : 1) to plug my missing years in cinema history (at least, one movie each year since cinema has been invented) and here it's 1964. 2) to get back to my roots : i'm French but mostly i watch American productions thus i'm nearly ignorant about my culture ! 3) because movies allows time travels : today, the movies are so bad that it's better to search into the past to find original story, talented cast…

So here we have a black and white comedy about international spies during the cold war. I can't deny that there is some really funny moments, true inspiration and a love for the language. As seen in Le Professionnel, Lautner is a dynamic director and who practices a clear editing : we know where we go, we understand what happens even if it's an action movie with guns and fights !

However, the movie has the feel of a retirement home : the 4 spies are rather old men (almost 50 years) and whatever their talent, i can't believe Blier nor Blanche as active agents ! This heavy team meets in an old German castle and one more time, it smells old age, aggravated by the fact that they stay mostly inside it…

In short, the movie is worth of watching but unlikely to be in my classics…

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