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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:

She got around most of Europe . . . and most of Europe got around her too! 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:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The tourists' return flight from Rome back to New York City is TWA flight 841. On September 8, 1974, TWA flight 841 crashed into the Ionian Sea en route from Athens to Rome (full scheduled route: Tel Aviv - Athens - Rome - New York City). The plane was destroyed by a bomb hidden in the cargo hold, which caused structural failure resulting in uncontrollable flight. This was the first known instance of a young Arab boarding an American plane on a suicide mission. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in DuckTales: Allowance Day (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

I'd be satisfied for life
Written by Lawrence Wright (1910)
Performed by Ian McShane
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This movie has to come out on DVD!
16 March 2005 | by jemdollSee all my reviews

Even though I was born a couple of decades after this movie was released, I wanted to watch it when it played on TV because it was given a perfect 5/5 rating by my local newspaper's TV listings. When I tuned in, I was even more excited when I found out that it was a David Wolper and Mel Stuart collaboration because I really loved 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.' It's a shame that 'If It's Tuesday This Must Be Belgium' is not available on DVD. Even though it was made about 30 years ago, the misadventures of the ensemble cast are as funny as ever. The fine balance between the witty humor and acerbic banter in this movie is something that is rare in movies today. The only movies that come close are a few of Wes Anderson's (Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic), but instead of being faux retro, 'If It's Tuesday This Must Be Belgium' really is retro. It shows all of Europe's fabled landmarks in the tongue-and-cheek manner that you can't get from any movie unless it really was made in 1969. I liked the part when the group was at a cheese market in Amsterdam and the tour guide says, "There's an auction of gouda cheeses and edam cheeses. And pretty good-a edam cheeses they are." That is like so corny it's funny. After watching this movie, I actually did want to take a European bus tour! But the best thing about this movie is its great cast, particularly the beautiful Suzanne Pleshette and the devilishly handsome Ian McShane.


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