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If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)

The humorous adventures of a group of American tourists taking an eighteen-day guided bus tour of nine European countries.

Director:

Mel Stuart

Writers:

David Shaw (story), David Shaw (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McShane ... Charlie Cartwright
Suzanne Pleshette ... Samantha Perkins
Vittorio De Sica ... Shoemaker
Murray Hamilton ... Fred Ferguson
Sandy Baron ... John Marino
Mario Carotenuto Mario Carotenuto ... Giuseppe
Paul Esser ... German Sergeant
Suzy Falk Suzy Falk ... German Sergeant's Wife
Michael Constantine ... Jack Harmon
Pamela Britton ... Freda
Norman Fell ... Harve Blakely
Reva Rose ... Irma Blakely
Hilarie Thompson ... Shelly Ferguson
Luke Halpin ... Bo
Donovan ... Singer in Youth Hostel
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Storyline

Womanizing Brit Charlie Cartwright (Ian McShane) is about to conduct Worldwind Tour #225, a nine country, eighteen-day bus trip from London to Rome. He uses these tours in large part to catch up with his vast stable of casual girlfriends located in each of the visited cities. Within the group of disparate Americans on this tour, most who have never been to Europe, and the reason for them taking this trip are: parents who want to get their hormone driven teen-aged daughter away from her boyfriend despite the fact that the father doesn't want to leave the familiarity of home; a not-so woman's man who wants to prove to his friends that he had a beautiful woman in every country; an ethnic non-Italian speaking Italian who wants to catch up with the relatives he's never met; a World War II veteran who wants to re-experience the best times he's ever had; and a man who solely wants "free" souvenirs. But the one Charlie is most interested in is pretty Samantha Perkins (Suzanne Pleshette), a ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

I'm Europe, Baby. I sent you Dutch Elm Disease, German Measles, and Russian Roulette. You sent me World Wind Vacation Tour #225. Now we're even. See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

This film follows several romantic / semi-romantic stories at once. Similar formats were used on the series Love American Style and Love Boat. Some of the players appeared in all three: Peggy Cass, Michael Constantine, Norman Fell, and Reva Rose Others appeared in at least two: Joan Collins, Marty Ingels, Milded Natwick Robert Vaughn (Love Boat only) and Hilary Thompson (Love American Style Only) See more »

Goofs

In the scene where he first meets Hilarie Thompson, Luke Halpin is shown wearing regular street clothes and shoes. When he mounts his motorcycle, the camera cuts away to someone wearing brown riding boots, kicking the motorcycle to start. Then as he drives away, he's back in his original footwear. See more »

Quotes

Jack's co-worker: I don't understand it. How can you blow every penny you've saved for years on one lousy trip to Europe?
Jack Harmon: Because that's where I had the best time of my life: WORLD WAR TWO!
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Crazy Credits

"The End" title card initially looks like just any other title card. However, the camera zooms out and reveals that it is a picture hanging on a wall. The character played by Aubrey Morris (the kleptomaniac) enters and removes it from the wall, trying conspicuously to hide it in his coat. He walks off and the screen fades out. See more »


Soundtracks

I'd be satisfied for life
Written by Lawrence Wright (1910)
Performed by Ian McShane
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A fun film filled with a lot of great character actors
31 May 2003 | by allenblankSee all my reviews

I was nine when I first saw this film, when it first came out, and loved it ever since. Funny even with it's vintage 60's songs, and an appearance of pop star Donavan, it hasn't dated at all. In fact it's more like a time capsule of it's time, which was 1969.

The film is about a bunch of Americans taking a european tour is ten days. We have a large assortment of characters played by some expert character actors. There's the WWII veteran played by Michael (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) Constantine who has taking the tour because it goes to the same places he went to in the army. Then there is the typical ugly American (Murray Hamilton) who was forced to come on this tour by his wife(Peggy Cass), he hates every minute of it till Rome where.. no you got to see it for yourself. There is a poor husband, Norman (Mr. Roper) Fell who gets separated from his wife (Reva Rose) when she gets on the wrong tour bus and tries to find a way to get her back. Then there is Miss Sam (Suzanne Pleshette) who has decided to take a vacation from her fiancé, to get her head straight, but then becomes the object of tour guide Charlie(Ian McShane)'s advances. Also wonderful in the film is Sandy Baron, Mildred Natwick, Pamila Britton, Marty Ingles, and Aubrey Morris.

It was directed by Mel Stuart who followed this up with the classic, "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Company". I ended up seeing this film three times in the theaters.It gets better with every viewing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium See more »

Filming Locations:

Switzerland See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wolper Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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