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|Gila von Weitershausen||...||
Freda (the prostitute)
Man at Bastille Day party
Le médecin (Doctor)
|Rest of cast listed alphabetically:|
Maitre d'Hotel (uncredited)
|Louis Malle||...||(written by)|
|Catherine Brasier-Snopko||...||assistant editor (as Catherine Snopko)|
|Solange Leprince||...||assistant editor|
|Jacky Reynal||...||makeup artist|
|Maurice Urbain||...||unit manager|
|Rida Draïs||...||assistant director|
|Fernand Moszkowicz||...||assistant director (as Fernand Moscowicz)|
|Ghislain Uhry||...||collaborating director|
|Philippe Turlure||...||assistant art director|
|Michel Vionnet||...||assistant sound|
|Sidney Bechet||...||composer: stock music|
|Gaston Frèche||...||composer: stock music|
|Charlie Parker||...||composer: stock music|
|Henri Renaud||...||composer: stock music|
|Élisabeth Rappeneau||...||script girl|
- Nouvelles Éditions de Films (NEF) (co-production)
- Marianne Productions (co-production)
- Vides Cinematografica (co-production)
- Franz Seitz Filmproduktion (co-production)
- Cinema International Corporation (CIC) (1971) (France) (theatrical)
- Magna-Filmi (1971) (Finland) (theatrical)
- Continental Distributing (1971) (United States) (theatrical) (subtitled)
- Gofilex (1971) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
- Gala Film Distributors (1971) (United Kingdom) (theatrical) (subtitled)
- Medusa Distribuzione (1971) (Italy) (theatrical)
- Sandrew Film & Teater AB (1971) (Sweden) (theatrical)
- Kommunenes Filmcentral (KF) (1971) (Norway) (theatrical)
- VPS Video (1979) (West Germany) (video)
- Yleisradio (YLE) (1987) (Finland) (tv)
- Orion Home Video (1990) (United States) (VHS)
- Arte Vidéo (2006) (France) (DVD)
- The Criterion Collection (2006) (United States) (DVD)
- Video Film Express (2007) (Netherlands) (DVD)
- Future Film (2008) (Finland) (DVD)
- CMV Laservision (2013) (Germany) (DVD)
- CMV Laservision (2014) (Germany) (Blu-ray)
- Orion Classics (United States) (theatrical) (re-release)
- Éditions Gallimard (publisher: Scenario)
This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon, France. This is France in the mid-1950s rather than America in the 1990s. Thus, Laurent is unharmed by events which would irreparably shatter the self-esteem of a modern American adolescent: he gets drunk, he smokes, he has sex, he is smothered by his mother, he is ignored by his father, a priest makes a pass at him, he gets rheumatoid fever, etc. There's enough scandalous behavior in this film to make 100 made-for-TV movies, and yet this is a very happy and oddly innocent tale.
Written by Tim Horrigan
|Taglines||A souffle of a movie! See more »|
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|Trivia||Writer/director Louis Malle based many aspects of the protagonist Laurent's life on his own experiences growing up. This included his love of jazz, curiosity about literature, the "tyranny" of his two older brothers who tried to introduce him to sex, and having a heart murmur. However, Malle grew up in the 1930's and 40's, not the 50's as Laurent does. See more »|
|Goofs||During the chess match, the boys are sitting on what should be the spectator sides of the board, rather than the player sides. It appears that the chessmen were set up along the files rather than the ranks. (The lower right hand corner squares are black, when they should be white.) See more »|
|Movie Connections||Featured in White Man's Burden/Last Summer in the Hamptons/Wild Bill/The Journey of August King/Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995). See more »|
Michel, Laurent's friend:
They punished my whole class Saturday.
Laurent Chevalier: What for?
Michel, Laurent's friend: We put a bra on the statue of St. Thérèse.
Laurent Chevalier: You're such babies. You know what my brothers did? You know that big statue of St. Ignatius? They hoisted it onto the chapel roof. My parents were furious.
Michel, Laurent's friend: Were they caught?
Laurent Chevalier: Someone squealed. They tried claiming it was a miracle. They got expelled anyway.
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