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The Exchange Student (1967)

Les grandes vacances (original title)
Charles Bosquier, a role apparently written for French comedy superstar Louis de Funès, is the dictatorial headmaster of a French strict boarding school. No father could be deeper shocked ... See full summary »


Jean Girault


Jacques Vilfrid (screenplay), Jean Girault (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis de Funès ... Charles Bosquier
Ferdy Mayne ... MacFarrell
Martine Kelly ... Shirley MacFarrell
François Leccia François Leccia ... Philippe Bosquier
Olivier De Funès ... Gérard Bosquier
Claude Gensac ... Isabelle Bosquier
Maurice Risch ... Stéphane Michonnet
Jacques Dynam ... Croizac, le livreur de charbon
Dominique Davray ... Rose
Mario David ... L'automobiliste
Jean St. Clair Jean St. Clair
Christiane Muller Christiane Muller ... La bonne des Bosquier
Denise Provence Denise Provence ... La comtesse
Françoise Girault Françoise Girault ... Une vacancière avec le chien
Silvia Dionisio ... Une vacancière avec le chien (as Sylvia Dionisio)


Charles Bosquier, a role apparently written for French comedy superstar Louis de Funès, is the dictatorial headmaster of a French strict boarding school. No father could be deeper shocked to find one of his own sons miserably failed his exams, and too embarrassed to enroll him for his own summer-school, so he sends Philippe to England as exchange student. Philippe planned to save his sailing plans with friends by sending fat nerd Stephane Michonnet to England using his name, which comes out when Michonnet gets indigestion. Meanwhile Charles expects his spoiled favorite son, Gérard, who tells daddy about all the other schoolboys for money, to chaperon Shirley, the daughter of his English counterpart MacFarrell, but the girl gets all French boys horny, so even his perfect record is soon gravely soiled as dad spies on them, and he and Shirley join Philippe and his friends. Now the headmaster chases the kids' yacht -incognito, to avoid a scandal- all the way to England, where his ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Stuntman and pilot Jean Falloux died in an airplane crash in September 1967 during the filming of the movie. A tribute to his memory is in the beginning credits.. See more »


Around 00:35:30, Gérard is saying something but his lips clearly tell something else. See more »


MacFarrell: Don't you offend me! You are just a silly little man, a tiny man, a tiny man, no aristocrat in you!
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Referenced in Pastewka: Die Strategie der Schnecke (2006) See more »

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5 August 2016 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

I didn't know their collaboration was so huge (12 movies including the famous Gendarme) but this movie is much better than the previous one i watched, « Jo ». In a way, in 1967, France was still at the top, with people happy, working and enjoying life and families. It's very cool to discover their fashion, the music revolution and the youth getting their liberty ! Here, Fufu plays a tyrannical schoolmaster, father and husband ! His extraordinary talent is to play him with a lot of humanity and silliness so at the end, his character is engaging ! Another cool thing with Fufu is that as an actor, he likes to play inside a family, his working one (his wife, the strong man, the English girl, …) as well as the real other. Like the best comedy, there is a real plot to build the action and it's not an endless bit of chunks ! With the movie, we visit the country side near Paris, Normandy, London and even Scotland ! It's really funny, totally absurd and accurate with the human nature. If i don't rate « 10 », it's only because the last part of the movie with the Scottish folklore is too much action, even if the English actor is really good to act with Fufu ! So this a real recommendation for those who love summer movies, vacations, teen-parents relationships and « entente cordial » !

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1 December 1967 (France) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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