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The Devil by the Tail (1969)

Le diable par la queue (original title)
A Marquise who lures motorists to her hotel by sabotaging their cars gets more than she bargains for when one guest turns out to be a bank robber on the run

Director:

Philippe de Broca

Writers:

Daniel Boulanger (scenario and dialogue), Claude Sautet (decoupage)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yves Montand ... Le baron César Maricorne
Madeleine Renaud ... La marquise
Maria Schell ... La comtesse Diane
Jean Rochefort ... Le comte Georges
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Jean-Jacques Leroy-Martin, le "play-boy"
Clotilde Joano ... La comtesse Jeanne (La cousine pianiste)
Claude Piéplu ... Monsieur Patin (Le client assidu)
Tanya Lopert Tanya Lopert ... Cookie (La minette)
Marthe Keller ... Amélie (La jeune baronne)
Xavier Gélin Xavier Gélin ... Charlie (Le petit garagiste)
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ... Max, un gangster
Pierre Tornade ... Schwartz, un gangster
Jeanne Berdin Jeanne Berdin ... Mme Passereau (as Janine Berdin)
Charles Mallet Charles Mallet ... Le commissaire
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A Marquise who lures motorists to her hotel by sabotaging their cars gets more than she bargains for when one guest turns out to be a bank robber on the run

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french countryside | bicycle | See All (2) »

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 February 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil by the Tail See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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One of the best French humorous movies
3 May 2004 | by hermanfoSee all my reviews

one of the most "charming" French films ever made - very well playd by all the actors, like Yves Montand or Martha Keller ( in her first french film ) Never boring - a good musical score with some "classical" piano music, and the filmmusic made by Delerue. The movy isn't outdaded, even if it dates from 1969 - only the very short skirt ( and I do mean SHORT !) dates the picture in the ends of the '60ies. Yves Montand plays a gangster who is stranded in the mounains of France, in a small almost broke hotel. With the help of the daughters lover ( "amant") who sabotages some cars, more guests will arrive at the hotel, and at the end, Yves Montand with the money of a bank robbery, will restore the hotel and working as the cook.


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