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The Down-in-the-Hole Gang (1974)

Les gaspards (original title)
When he investigates his daughter's disappearance, a bookseller discovers an underground society, living literally under the streets of Paris.

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Pierre Tchernia
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Jean-Paul Rondin
Philippe Noiret ... Gaspard de Montfermeil
Michel Galabru ... Le commissaire Lalatte / Super-intendant
Charles Denner ... Ministre des travaux publics
Prudence Harrington Prudence Harrington ... Miss Pamela Pendleton-Pumkin
Gérard Depardieu ... Le facteur / The postman
Chantal Goya ... Marie-Hélène Rondin
Roger Carel ... Alberto Sopranelli, le ténor
Daniel Ivernel Daniel Ivernel ... Le clochard
Pierre Destailles Pierre Destailles ... L'homme au chapeau blanc
Hubert Deschamps ... L'abbé Lestinguois
Jean Carmet ... Paul Bourru, le marchands de vins
Annie Cordy ... Ginette Lalatte
Françoise Cingal Françoise Cingal ... Sophie
Paul Demange ... Le concierge du ministère
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When he investigates his daughter's disappearance, a bookseller discovers an underground society, living literally under the streets of Paris.

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One day a busload of tourists sank into the ground. So did a few buildings, the police and the choicest beauties in Paris, France! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 February 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Down-in-the-Hole Gang See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The 2001 US DVD version, titled The Holes, is dubbed in English, shown full frame 4:3, and has only 86m of running time. This version has also been taken from a 16mm or 8mm film print. See more »

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Referenced in Munich (2005) See more »

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"Valjean!" "The Unknown Soldier!"

A tremendously amusing film, where listing Gerard Depardieu as a star, knowingly a deterrent for some, is a misnomer. Possessing a small part in the film, Depardieu is almost unnoticeable as the story continues.

The film focuses on construction processes to "update" the city of Paris for a new industrial renaissance. The "villain", as it were, is the minister of public works, who "closes the Champs D'Elysee for blasting today", and proposed to build two skyscrapers on either side of Notre Dame. Played with a zeal for comedy is Charles Denner, and the hapless inspector Lalatte, trying so desperately to go on vacation, listing a series of disappearances (including 20 foreign tourists) as "escapades"-being young and in the city of Paris, an easy dismissal with an overbearing wife honking a car horn outside.

The symbolism in the film is tremendous-and by the end, you certainly wish for one or two things to have improved, but overall Rondin and Gaspard (the two lead roles) are played as dreamers, idealists in an era where such things are overlooked.

This film comes highly recommended.


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