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The Annuity (1972)

Le viager (original title)
Doctor Galipeau has a brother, Emile, whose wife has just given birth to a baby boy and who dreams of owning a house. He has just examined Louis Martinet, an old man who, according to him, ... See full summary »

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Pierre Tchernia
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Louis Martinet
Michel Galabru ... Léon Galipeau
Claude Brasseur ... Noël Galipeau à 39 ans
Rosy Varte Rosy Varte ... Elvire Galipeau
Odette Laure Odette Laure ... Marguerite Galipeau
Jean-Pierre Darras ... Emile Galipeau
Yves Robert ... Bucigny-Dumaine (le bel officier)
Jean Richard ... Jo (un voyou)
Madeleine Clervanne Madeleine Clervanne ... La grand-mère Galipeau
Noël Roquevert ... Le grand-père Galipeau
Jacques Bodoin Jacques Bodoin ... Maître Laguarrigue, l'honnête notaire
Gérard Depardieu ... Victor, le complice de Jo
Bernard Lavalette Bernard Lavalette ... Le député-maire de Saint-Tropez
Claude Legros Claude Legros ... Lucien, le brave facteur
Jean Carmet ... Maître Vierzon, l'avocat de Noël
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Storyline

Doctor Galipeau has a brother, Emile, whose wife has just given birth to a baby boy and who dreams of owning a house. He has just examined Louis Martinet, an old man who, according to him, is in the last stages. That is why he advises Emile to purchase Martinet's house for an annuity. Unfortunately for the Galipeaus, not only does Martinet recover but, month after month, year after year, the "dying man" proves hale and hearty as well! Whereas the greedy Galipeaus fall from the frying pan into the fire... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 January 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Adorável Gozador See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Nathalie Serrault's first film and Noël Roquevert's last. See more »

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During the scene set in 1950, right after the trailer of Fabiola is shown, the postman is sitting next to the movie poster of The Castilian (as "Le Castillan"), which was actually released in 1963. See more »

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Featured in René Goscinny: Profession humoriste (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Plus Beau Tango du Monde
Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by René Sarvil
Performed by Henri Alibert
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Faites-moi confiance ! (Trust me !)
11 October 2003 | by thegreatswanSee all my reviews

X-Mas 1930 : a 59 years-old man called Martinet goes to Doctor Galipeau for a complete check-up. The doc is sure that his patient will die in some months maybe a year, so he proposes to the old man and his own brother to begin a annuity contract : every year, the Galipeau's will give to the old-timer a sum of money (based on aluminum rates), and when Martinet will die, his house of Provence (in a small unknown town called St-Tropez) will be theirs... But after nine years, the whole family began to think that enough is enough, and they tried to end the existence of Martinet...

Simple but excellent plot : Michel Serrault ( only 44 at this time) gets 25 years older...and more, and he is absolutely perfect as the good naive old man, the family Galipeau is perfectly despicable, mainly the doctor, a great Michel Galabru. His lines are sooo good ! Every year, on X-Mas day, he has lunch with his family, and he talks a lot : Examples : In 1930 : "Galipeau will die within six months...trust me !" In 1932 : "Hitler? Who is Hitler? Nothing but a little house painter ! He will never succeed....trust me !"

Remember : that's a comedy ! So, you can watch it and enjoy ! TRUST ME !!!


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