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Oscar (1967)

Neurotic businessman must find the right man for his pregnant daughter. In fact, it is little bit complicated.

Director:

Édouard Molinaro

Writers:

Claude Magnier (based on the play by), Jean Halain (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Louis de Funès ... Bertrand Barnier
Claude Rich ... Christian Martin
Mario David ... Philippe Dubois
Germaine Delbat Germaine Delbat ... Charlotte
Claude Gensac ... Germaine Barnier
Agathe Natanson Agathe Natanson ... Colette Barnier
Dominique Page Dominique Page ... Bernadette
Paul Préboist ... Charles le domestique
Sylvia Saurel Sylvia Saurel ... Jacqueline
Philippe Vallauris Philippe Vallauris ... Le chauffeur
Roger Van Hool Roger Van Hool ... Oscar
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Trouble, trouble, trouble! It is indeed under the sign of trouble... and of confusion that the crappy day Bertrand Barnier has just gone through will have been placed. The businessman will not forget it soon! And quite rightly so. Just imagine: a maid that wants to resign to... marry a baron! A masseur who treats you like an executioner of the Holy Inquisition! And, to cap it all, a right-hand man who breaks shocking news after shocking news (demanding a high pay increase, saying he has relieved his employer of a bunch of millions, stating that he has decided to marry his daughter who, incidentally, has been made pregnant by Oscar the former driver...) To say nothing of three black suitcases, one of which contains millions of francs, passing from hand to hand! Is it really possible to make sense of such wild confusion? As that crazy day ends, Barnier thinks he has achieved the impossible. But has he really? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 October 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Oscar See more »

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Production Co:

Gaumont International See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Louis de Funès starred four times in the original play (in 1959, 1961, 1971 and 1972). See more »

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Version of Oscar (1991) See more »

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Menuet Pour Barnier
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40 years after: still the best comedy script ever (DVD)
1 November 2009 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

The script is stuffed with manipulations, lies, surprises and dumb characters so it's nearly one laugh guaranteed with every lines! To keep your pleasure, i wouldn't tell more, above all it is very complicated to resume!

I had the pleasure to see 3 versions of this story: one with "Sly" Stallone, another with Bernard Tapie (ex-president of the biggest football club in France, ex-Minister, ex-prisoner and now actor) and this one with De Funès.This latter, even being the oldest stays the best and for a long time, I think!

When people say De Funès knows only to make faces, I would recommend watching "Oscar" wide eyes open! Louis excels with his tone, his energy and his reactions. If he plays again and always a Machiavellian bad guy, for me, he shows a lot of humanity and a big heart!

That's the only problem with De Funes: as his movies built my childhood, I confused his real kindness with his characters: in other words, he makes me happy so he inspired me. But as his embodies bad guys, vile boss and hypocritical, I copy that and never have his success. Everybody was taken my words for real!

De Funès should have won an Oscar for this "Oscar"!


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