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Docteur Popaul (1972)

Doctor Popaul doesn't trust beautiful women: he says he prefers "moral beauty". Among colleagues he makes a bet who manages to sleep with the most ugly woman during the next year - and wins... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Hubert Monteilhet (based on the novel by: "Meurtre à loisir"), Paul Gégauff (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Dr. Paul Simay
Mia Farrow ... Christine Dupont
Laura Antonelli ... Martine Dupont
Daniel Lecourtois ... Prof. Dupont
Marlène Appelt Marlène Appelt ... L'Infirmière Carole
Carlo Bartolotta Carlo Bartolotta
Michel Peyrelon Michel Peyrelon ... Joseph
Patrick Préjean Patrick Préjean ... Arthur Rignard
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... La sourde
Louis Duranton Louis Duranton
Monique Fardoulis Monique Fardoulis
Christophe Merle Christophe Merle
Madame Steeg Madame Steeg
Catherine Ohotnikoff Catherine Ohotnikoff
Maja Wodecka ... (as Maya Wodecka)
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Doctor Popaul doesn't trust beautiful women: he says he prefers "moral beauty". Among colleagues he makes a bet who manages to sleep with the most ugly woman during the next year - and wins. Shortly after he meets the plain Christine on vacation in Tunesia. She leaves him after their first night, but by chance they meet again in Bordeaux. He learns that her father is a wealthy doctor who's very pleased to meet him and encourages him to become his son in law. Just on the wedding Popaul meets Christine's beautiful sister, who has the bad fortune to always marry the dumbest guy around. But Popaul knows how to help her out... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 September 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Claude Chabrol's High Heels See more »

Filming Locations:

Bordeaux, Gironde, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

14th highest grossing movie of its year in France. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Paul Simay: She's my sister and we're Russian.
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Referenced in Munich (2005) See more »

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Les filles de Camaret
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Performed by Jean-Paul Belmondo
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Love and Family and Medicine and Murder
8 October 1998 | by SMK-4See all my reviews

A delightful black comedy which is quite unlikely ever to be re-made by Hollywood, it is just too cynical about beauty and love and marriage and family and medicine and murder. Jean-Paul Belmondo plays the title hero, ever in pursuit of ugly women (which incidentally furthers his career) until the sight of his sister-in-law, played by Laura Antonelli, make him change his priorities. It is amazing how Belmondo manages to stay likable while his character's actions are thoroughly objectionable throughout - it probably helps that his adversaries are not such terrific people themselves.


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