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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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Taglines:

goodbye blues, hello laughter 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

Actor initially considered for playing François Perron aka le Grand Blond: Claude Rich 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

Perrache: [to Colonel Toulouse, referring to Milan] You should remind him that he's not in the Service just to spend his time trying to find ways to steal your job.
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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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Interesting commentary on privacy
29 December 2003 | by woodyweaverSee all my reviews

An earlier comment was sophisticated slapstick, but while there are the occasional pokes in the eye -- the scene where an exploding cigar goes off and all the spies silenced weapons go "pfffht" (no blood, just lots of people falling over with silly expressions) is wonderful -- I think I'd instead classify this as sophisticated silliness. Reminds me of the old David Niven movies, except much less restrained.

But I also want to point out that the movie ends with a quote: "Every person is entitled to the respect of his or her private life. Penal Code, Article 9." Indeed, the wry tongue in cheek is pointed squarely at the absurdities of the French intelligence community. I find looking at the movie in that light adds another bit of fun to identifying the "good guys" and the bad guys.

Well worth your time.


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