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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.


Yves Robert


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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


goodbye blues, hello laughter See more »


Comedy | Mystery


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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Bernard Milan: [he's dying from a gunshot in Perrin's apartment; Perrache slowly opens the door and enters] Perrache?
[Perache comes over to him and bends over him]
Bernard Milan: The tall blond... with the black shoe... who is he?
[Perraxche straightens up and looks about him at Poucet's dead body and the unconscious Maurice; Milan looks at him pleadingly]
Perrache: [pause, then] A fool's trap, sir.
[Milan, realizing the truth, dies with a smile]
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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 »


Featured in The Investigation Led By: Besy (2007) See more »


Le Grand Blond (Final)
Written by Vladimir Cosma
Panpipe performed by Gheorghe Zamfir
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Classic French comedy with brilliant timing
12 February 2006 | by estein-3See all my reviews

Pierre Richard at his best. The movie has both verbal and slapstick comedy scenes which are some of his best. Mireille Darc when she turns her back to hapless Pierre. The dead bodies everywhere (including the refrigerator). A great comedy if you can understand the French.

Now finally available in a collected set of DVDs

"Coffret Le Grand blond - 2 DVD Le Grand blond avec une chaussure noire - Le Retour du grand blond De Yves Robert Avec Pierre Richard, Jean Rochefort, Mireille Darc DVD Zone 2 - Pal. 2 volumes"

But for the English speakers - you may have to check out the Web to find some subtitles - product available from www.FNAC.com in France.

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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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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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