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The Man from Acapulco (1973)

Le magnifique (original title)
Francois Merlin is an espionnage-book writer. He likes to mix every-day character he can met in his book. In his book, he is Bob Saint Clar, his neighbour Christine appears as Tatiana and ... See full summary »

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Philippe de Broca
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Bob Saint-Clar / François Merlin
Jacqueline Bisset ... Tatiana / Christine
Vittorio Caprioli ... Karpof / Charron
Hans Meyer ... Colonel Collins
Monique Tarbès Monique Tarbès ... Mrs. Berger
Mario David ... Traffic policeman in the rain
Bruno Garcin Bruno Garcin ... Pilu
Raymond Gérôme Raymond Gérôme ... General Pontaubert
Jean Lefebvre ... The electrician
Fabrizio Moresco Fabrizio Moresco ... Student with pipe
André Weber André Weber ... The plumber
Hubert Deschamps ... Le vendeur
Bernard Musson Bernard Musson ... Interpreter
Thalie Frugès Thalie Frugès ... Publishing House Hostess
René Barrera René Barrera ... The Chinese / The Bride
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Storyline

Francois Merlin is an espionnage-book writer. He likes to mix every-day character he can met in his book. In his book, he is Bob Saint Clar, his neighbour Christine appears as Tatiana and his editor Georges Charon as Colonel Karpoff. Written by Jean-Yves Simon <simon@wotangate.micro.ti.com>

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DE BROCA, the director of "King of Hearts"..."That Man from Rio"..."Cartouche", now returns with the rousing adventure comedy "Le Magnifique" with BELMONDO and BISSET


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Country:

France | Italy

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French | English | Albanian

Release Date:

23 November 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man from Acapulco See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of French DJ, Bob Sinclar, was inspired by the name of the main character of this movie, Bob Saint-Clar, played by Jean-Paul Belmondo. See more »

Goofs

In Tatiana's bungalow, Bob Sinclar watches a movie screen displaying the shark attack of the opening scene. The cigarette smoke disappears behind the screen, showing that the film with the shark was added after the scene was shot. See more »

Quotes

Tatiana: You are a great seducer!
Bob Saint-Clair: I don't know about it.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, a man inside a telephone booth is picked up by a helicopter, flown out of town to the coast, and eventually dropped into the sea. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ally McBeal: Love Is All Around: Part 1 (2002) See more »

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Christine
Written and Performed by Claude Bolling
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First Half Genius
7 May 2009 | by radiobirdmaSee all my reviews

The first half of "Le Magnifique" is postmodern tongue-in-cheek genius, a wild, ludicrous and in every department excellent mixture of James Bond spoof, splatter effects, slapstick, intertextual verve and romantic comedy clearly exceeding the ten stars limit, plus a downright irresistible Jacqueline Bisset (and I'm not even into brunettes). The second half, hmm, doesn't really come as a letdown, but sticks more to conventional vaudeville formulas and simply can't live up to the absurd roller-coaster folly already established, a few bitter tones possibly due to Francis Veber, a prolific and superb, but sometimes uneven writer who also worked on the script. The Canal Plus DVD features the French original as well as the English and German dub. As for comic dramas of the 70s, unorthodox and essential viewing.


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