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The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)

Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire (original title)
A hapless orchestra player becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy by being identified as a super secret agent.

Director:

Yves Robert

Writers:

Yves Robert (screenplay), Francis Veber (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Richard ... François Perrin
Bernard Blier ... Colonel Bernard Milan
Jean Rochefort ... Le colonel Louis Marie Alphonse Toulouse
Mireille Darc ... Christine
Colette Castel ... Paulette
Jean Obé Jean Obé ... Botrel
Robert Castel Robert Castel ... Georghiu
Jean Saudray ... Pouchet
Roger Caccia Roger Caccia ... M. Boudart
Maurice Barrier ... Chaperon
Robert Dalban ... Coco, le faux livreur
Arlette Balkis Arlette Balkis ... Madame Boudart
Tania Balachova Tania Balachova ... La mère de Toulouse
Paul Le Person ... Perrache
Jean Carmet ... Maurice
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Storyline

Two factions of the French Secret Service involve a seemingly normal orchestra player, Francois Perrin, into their battle as one side uses him as a decoy. Soon, agents are all over the place, and one of them, Christine, is sent to seduce Francois. Meanwhile, Francois has his own problems, tangled up in an affair with his best friend's wife. Written by Kumar

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Laughing Out Loud is Back in Style See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

30 August 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Francis Veber used to call most of his characters with names based on famous cities (Toulouse, Milan, Perrache etc.) in order to avoid any confusion with real life persons. See more »

Goofs

The car park "exit" is actually an entrance. It wouldn't make sense to place a speed-limit-sign next to a no-entry-sign. The false no-entry-sign is suspended by a string and another string pulls the white bar vertical when the crash is heard. See more »

Quotes

Le colonel Louis Marie Alphonse Toulouse: [he's startled Milan by coming up behind him] You're very nervous, Bernard.
Bernard Milan: It's just that I didn't realize you were behind me, sir.
Le colonel Louis Marie Alphonse Toulouse: Oh, but I'm not. As usual, I'm way ahead of you.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are shown on different playing cards. They 'magically' change when a magician's hand flips, turns, and waves his hands over the cards. See more »


Soundtracks

Babouchka
Written by Vladimir Cosma
Panpipe performed by Gheorghe Zamfir
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Hysterically funny French spy farce!
31 August 2002 | by davidsroseSee all my reviews

This film was one of the most successful crossover French films of the 70's, and for very good reason. It is a delightful spoof of the spy genre, with a hapless musician unknowingly caught in the middle of a war between two factions of the French secret service. The plotting is extremely funny, the directing tight, the music (played by Zamphir on the pan pipe!) unforgettable, and above all the ensemble acting by a stellar cast will have you watching this again and again. Pierre Richard, playing the title character, brings an unusual elegance and sense of class to what would otherwise be a Woody Allen-esque role (it was played by Tom Hanks in the American re-make). Mireille Darc is the femme fatale, and there were quite few teenage boys in the 70's who never got over the image of her in a jaw-dropping backless dress. The rest of the group, from the cool head of the Secret Service, to the efficient but misguided spies, to the bumbling best friend and his wife, all leave indelible memories. Thirty years after having seen this film for the first time, I can remember everything with crystal clarity, and my own kids have found it just as delightful. Go ahead and rent this one for truly fun evening, you will love it!


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