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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.

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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 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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Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

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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

When Francois is hit by the bagpipe, he leaves a bloody trace on the floor. But when several men are lying shot on the floor, they don't leave the slightest stain of blood. See more »

Quotes

Bernard Milan: [being informed over the phone about Perrin's latest activities] He's throwing bread to the ducks? Oh, my God!
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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 »

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Referenced in Munich (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Sirba (Thème)
Written by Vladimir Cosma
Panpipe performed by Gheorghe Zamfir
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Magnificent!
26 January 2002 | by ikaros-3See all my reviews

Many, many years ago -- the mid-70s, in fact, this movie was on TV in our local area. It was one of the few times I'd seen my dad really excited about a movie, and watched it with him.

It's stuck with me ever since.

This is a brilliant piece of film-making, satisfying as both a comedy and a spy movie. Pierre Richard has a masterful sense of comedic timing, on par with Buster Keaton.

If you get a chance to see this, do.


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