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The Mad Adventures of 'Rabbi' Jacob (1973)

Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob (original title)
A bigoted Frenchman finds himself forced to impersonate a popular rabbi while on the run from a group of assassins - and the police.

Director:

Gérard Oury

Writers:

Gérard Oury (screenplay), Danièle Thompson (screenplay) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis de Funès ... Victor Pivert
Suzy Delair ... Germaine Pivert
Marcel Dalio ... Rabbi Jacob (as Dalio)
Claude Giraud ... Mohamed Larbi Slimane / Rabbi Zeiligman
Renzo Montagnani ... Le colonel Farès
Janet Brandt Janet Brandt ... Tzipé Schmoll, la grand-mère
André Falcon André Falcon ... Le ministre
Xavier Gélin Xavier Gélin ... Alexandre, le fils du général
Henri Guybet ... Salomon, le chauffeur de Pivert
Popeck Popeck ... Moishe Schmoll (as Jean Herbert)
Miou-Miou ... Antoinette Pivert
Denise Provence Denise Provence ... Esther Schmoll
Jacques François ... Le général
Claude Piéplu ... Le commissaire divisionnaire Andreani
Georges Adet Georges Adet ... Le vieux Lévi
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Storyline

In this riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities, Victor Pivert, a blustering, bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Slimane, an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assasins from Slimane's country, but also the police, who think Pivert is a murderer. Pivert ends up posing as Rabbi Jacob, a beloved figure who's returned to France for his first visit after 30 years in the United States. Adding to the confusion are Pivert's dentist-wife, who thinks her husband is leaving her for another woman, their daughter, who's about to get married, and a Parisian neighborhood filled with people eager to celebrate the return of Rabbi Jacob. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | Hebrew | Yiddish | Arabic

Release Date:

18 October 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mad Adventures of 'Rabbi' Jacob See more »

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Budget:

FRF 18,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Louis de Funès admitted later in an interview that if any trace of racial prejudice remained in him, shooting this film helped him "clean his soul". See more »

Goofs

Fares and his thugs are not really speaking Arabic but mumbling something instead. See more »

Quotes

Victor Pivert: [astonished, to Salomon, his driver] Salomon, you're Jewish?
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Connections

Referenced in La vérité si je mens! 3 (2012) See more »

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One of the funniest movies I have ever seen!!!
22 February 2000 | by kyroperkSee all my reviews

Does anyone know where I can get a copy of this movie? I saw it in 1973 and can only remember that I was glad it was in subtitles because the laughter drowned out the dialogue. The juxtaposition of rabbis that weren't, with other Jews was hilarious. This movie was heavy with slapstick type humor as well. Loved it !


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