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La Grande Vadrouille (1966)

La grande vadrouille (original title)
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Several ordinary Frenchmen, helping British pilots avoid Nazi captivity, goes on an epic voyage through the occupied country to the Swiss border.

Director:

Gérard Oury

Writers:

Gérard Oury (scenario), Georges Tabet (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bourvil ... Augustin Bouvet
Louis de Funès ... Stanislas Lefort
Claudio Brook ... Peter Cunningham
Andréa Parisy ... Soeur Marie-Odile / Sister Marie-Odile
Colette Brosset Colette Brosset ... Germaine
Mike Marshall Mike Marshall ... Alan MacIntosh
Mary Marquet ... Mère Supérieure
Pierre Bertin Pierre Bertin ... Le grand-père de Juliette - propriétaire du guignol
Benno Sterzenbach Benno Sterzenbach ... Major Achbach
Marie Dubois ... Juliette
Terry-Thomas ... Sir Reginald
Sieghardt Rupp ... Lt. Stuermer
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Un caporal allemand
Helmuth Schneider ... L'officier allemand dans le train (as Helmut Schneider)
Paul Préboist ... Le pêcheur
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Storyline

A RAF Bomber is shot down over Paris by the Germans. Its crew land there by parachute. With the help of some French civilians they try to escape over the demarcation line into the southern part of France, still not occupied by the Germans. Written by Gerard Bader <badergac@wxs.nl>

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Genres:

Adventure | Comedy | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | UK

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

8 December 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La Grande Vadrouille See more »

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Budget:

FRF 15,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Louis de Funès (Stanislas) is viewed playing the piano when he is at the Paris Opera House. In reality, during World War II, de Funès played the piano in bars in Paris during the occupation. See more »

Goofs

During the car/motorcycle chase on the mountain road, the painted road surface markings disappear several times, mostly during wide shots. See more »

Quotes

Sir Reginald: MacIntosh, look at that lovely thing over there.
Alan MacIntosh: The nun, sir?
Sir Reginald: Bloody fool, the car!
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Alternate Versions

The original German release had several parts of the French original cut. Some of them might have been taken out because some gags could not be used because of the different languages used in the original (French, German and English). There is for example the quite funny scene when Claudio Brook reveals himself as an English man on the train when he says "I'm sorry" when spilling some vine. The German version instead just shows the angry German officer who commands to arrest the English soldier. Some parts are cut without any obvious reason - e.g. a humorous dialogue of de Funés and Bourvil, their escape and chase in German uniforms. The German version just comes into the scene when they are already arrested. See more »

Connections

Referenced in La vengeance du serpent à plumes (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Rakoczy March
(uncredited)
Music by Hector Berlioz
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Timeless Comedy
19 February 2003 | by suzie-16See all my reviews

I have been teaching French for more than 20 years and saw this comedy with my 18 year old nephew who is studying French and my sister who knows none. We laughed our silly heads off for two hours. It appeals to young and old, French-speaking and non-French speaking. It is simply hilarious.


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