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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 »


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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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fun and essential
24 August 2018 | by happytrigger-64-390517See all my reviews

Pierre "magic" Tchernia was a kind director who shot light and fun movies, "la Belle Américaine", "le Viager", "la Gueule de l'Autre", "Bonjour l'Angoisse". He also did so much entertaining works for television, like "Monsieur Cinema", a must helping people to love cinema. He was a nice entertainer.

"les Gaspards" is one of my favorite french movies, with a theme that is still current : the destruction of old picturesque districts (castles, mansions) to build awful towers or buildings. I just love Michel Serrault and Philippe Noiret characters living in the past, fighting against the destruction of french patrimoine which is more current nowadays than ever. At the time of "les Gaspards", the wheelers-dealers destructed old stations from XIXth century, castles, mansions to build a concrete jungle. Philippe Noiret's Gaspard lives in an incredible underworld and anarchic city struggling against nasty urban delopment, and it is a constant visual pleasure all through the movie. And what a casting, from Charles Denner (terrific as the nasty Minister of Public Works) to Jean Carmet and Gérard Depardieu (yet drinking red wine together).


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