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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 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 WWII 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, a self-confessed straight-laced woman who ... Written by Huggo

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The Vaccinated Americans. How to spot them. See more »


Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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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, 31 December 1969
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wolper Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

(Words flashed on wall at discotheque): "God is dead."- Nietzsche. (Following words): "Nietzsche is dead."-God. See more »

Goofs

Right before the opening credits, a TWA aircraft lands and the airport PA system announces the arrival of TWA flight 700 yet one of the party is carrying a Pan Am flight bag. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Cartwright: Sam Perkins?
Samantha Perkins: Uh, that's Samantha.
Charlie Cartwright: Oh, I'm sorry, they've abbreviated it here. Is that Miss or Mrs.?
Samantha Perkins: Miss.
Charlie Cartwright: [smiling] Which is as good as a mile, eh?
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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 »

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Featured in The Hellstrom Chronicle (1971) See more »

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How Sweet It Is
Written by Jimmy Webb (as Jim Webb)
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Pretty good
2 January 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Comedy about a group of Americans on a 18 day (I think) tour of Europe.

Unlike some previous posters, I've never been to Europe, so watching this film was not like reliving old memories. On its own, this was a very pleasant movie. The script is not bad and the jokes are pretty funny. There are some real groaners too, but the good ones far outweigh them. And the cast is full of talented character actors giving their all.

The movie basically concentrates on a romance between the tour guide Charlie Cartwright (Ian McShane) and tourist Samantha Perkins (Suzanne Pleshette). Usually romance subplots in comedies are the kiss of death, but this one works. McShane is very handsome and Pleshette incredibly beautiful; the dialogue is well-written; they both give good performances and they have great chemistry with each other. It also is a good excuse to show all the romantic places in Europe (this was shot on location). And the romance has a surprising, realistic ending.

Another point of interest is an 18 year old girl Shelly (Hilary Thompson) meeting a guy her age Bo (Luke Halpin). Their fashions are VERY 60s and the dialoge is SO old-fashioned...but it's all interesting. Also a visit to Canaby Street in London (which was the place to be in the late 60s) is visually fascinating. Also Murray Hamilton's one liners throughout the movie are frequently hilarious.

They visit London, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Venice and end in Rome. I saw a widescreen print on TV in strong color and the movie just looked beautiful. Sometime it was like seeing a travelogue but an INTERESTING travelogue.

It's not a great movie but a pleasant one. You could do worse! Recommended.


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