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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 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:

Europe sent us Dutch Elm Disease, German Measles and Russian Roulette. We sent them World-Wind Vacation tour #225. Now we're even. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Si es martes debe ser Bélgica 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the subplots involves Fred (Murray Hamilton) and Edna Ferguson who take their nineteen-year-old daughter Shelly (Hilarie Thompson) on the tour to get her away from her boyfriend in the U.S. On the trip, she falls for an intriguing student radical named Bo who organizes protests across Europe. Edna was played by Peggy Cass, who was also a regular panelist on various television shows in from the 1960s to the 1980s, including the popular To Tell the Truth (1956) in its heyday. Bo was played by Luke Halpin, who became famous in the early to mid 1960s as the star of two movies and the television series Flipper (1964), playing Sandy Ricks. Luke's rising fame saw him appear as a 'contestant' on To Tell the Truth (1956) in March 1964 just before he turned seventeen. Peggy Cass was one of the four panelists who quizzed Luke (and the two other impostors) in an attempt to determine the real Luke Halpin. She was the only one of the four to make a wrong choice. 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

Charlie Cartwright: [Trying to convince Samantha to stay with him in Europe] Don't go back, Sam.
Samantha Perkins: Charlie, I'm a square. I have to know where I'm headed. I can't just drift.
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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

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
Written by Donovan
Performed by J.P. Rags
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Why is it just so good?
3 November 2003 | by charlesfrappierSee all my reviews

I have no idea. But I know that I first saw that movie as a child, shortly after it came out, and never stopped loving it. I think the best word to describe the entire film is "colorful". The cast is, the characters are, the cinematography is, the script is. I bought a VHS copy a few years back and every 6 months or so, I just have to pop it in, jump into bed with my wife and a bowl of popcorn and enjoy it again. The movie hasn't aged well at all but as another reviewer said, it's a pure time capsule of 1969 and that in itself is a great positive attribute.


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