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The Restaurant (1966)

Le grand restaurant (original title)
Top-notch french restaurant owner Monsieur Septime is involved into crime when one of his famous guests disappears.

Director:

Jacques Besnard

Writers:

Jacques Besnard (adaptation), Jean Halain | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis de Funès ... Monsieur Septime
Bernard Blier ... Le commissaire divisionnaire
Maria-Rosa Rodriguez Maria-Rosa Rodriguez ... Sophia
Venantino Venantini ... Henrique
Juan Ramírez Juan Ramírez ... Le général
Noël Roquevert ... Le ministre
Folco Lulli Folco Lulli ... Le président Novalès
Yves Arcanel Yves Arcanel ... Henri
René Berthier René Berthier
Albert Dagnant Albert Dagnant ... Un conspirateur
Robert Dalban ... Le conspirateur francais
Eugene Deckers ... Le complice de Novalès (as Eugène Deckers)
Robert Destain Robert Destain ... Le baron
Bernard Dumaine Bernard Dumaine ... Le client satisfait
Jacques Dynam ... Un serveur
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Storyline

M. Septime rules the renowned Paris restaurant "Chez Septime" with an iron fist. Grovelling before his rich and powerful customers, M. Septime feels free to treat his employees like children at best or like slaves at worst. M. Septime would be very happy if things just continued the way they are. But Destiny will have it otherwise. Indeed one day, Novales, a South American president, disappears while dining in his restaurant and it looks as if Septime has something to do with it. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

9 September 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Restaurant See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gaumont International See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First film directed by Jacques Besnard. See more »

Goofs

In the chase scene when Septime drives his car into the snowbank, its on an angle, but the next shot shows a car shaped hole that is shorter than it should be and as if the car hit straight on. See more »

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Featured in Monsieur de Funès (2013) See more »

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Le Grand Restaurant
Written and Performed by Jean Marion
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Step in the restaurant where humor is served hot and cold!
15 February 2002 | by mardoshaSee all my reviews

As a Funés fan, it's hard for me to pick the best ones, but this would definitely stand in my top ten! ...or say top fifteen. This time he is the chef of very exclusive Paris restaurant.

Choleric as ever, he wants everything to be in the right order or even better. Problems occur when president of one unnamed country gets kidnaped while having a dinner at Septim's. With police and gangsters behind his back he tries to find the missing head of state by himself. And obviously a lot of fun happens during this adventure.

Funés is gorgeous as always, very energetic with funny gesticulation. The plot is simple, but cleverly written with many surprising turnovers. And add in the fabulous scene where DS Citroen falls into Sienna river, continuing its ride as a boat and you get the great entertaining movie of comedy empire of those times! Step in, tastes fresh and makes you laugh after all these years:-)


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