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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)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

7th highest grossing movie in France for its year. See more »

Goofs

When Bob Saint-Clair is on a canoe in Alaska, he picks up his rifle and aims it and we hear two shots, but nothing comes out of the rifle. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Collins: I've just come from Mexico, General. Rodriguez is dead.
General Pontaubert: Blast. How did it happen?
Colonel Collins: He was devoured by a shark in a telephone booth, General.
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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 »

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Remade as Bob le magnifique (1998) See more »

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Concerto Pour Piano Tueurs Et Orchestre
Written and Performed by Claude Bolling
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24 September 2005 | by ThurstonHungerSee all my reviews

Anachronistic meets anarchic. This things still got some shelf life, although I do think its potency is somewhat diluted by time. And also perhaps by translation, I would bet there's some clever wordplay going on in parts that were lost upon me. I remember wondering what modern French audiences would think if they ran across "Airplane." Not a fair comparison, but not far off the mark...

The dual performance of Jean-Paul Belmondo is definitely a couple of cuts above what you would expect for a film that's basically a laugh lark. I mean the guy is often called upon to take splashy pratfalls, but has to play both virile playboy and nebbish nancy-boy. Yet if you take a still from any scene in the film you could immediately discern which one was on screen.

As Bob St. Clair, his overly self-satisfied smile would crack me up, something about its goofy gallantry reminded me of a sadly departed friend. Ken Hamilton, RIP. You shoulda met him...

Anyways back to the film...

I did enjoy the surreal slips between the film itself and then the book being created within the film. The first one I think was on a beach as the housecleaner blithely waltzes through soldiers storming the sands, vacuuming only to enter a door and voila. Additionally latter battles between the author and his protagonist and/or protagonista mostly worked for me. Though they dipped in shtick.

Afterwards, I watched some of it over with my young (3-year old) twin boys, and they liked it, I mean come on those mariachis with the mobile theme music, they were worth the rental alone. And um yeah, Jacqueline Bisset is beauty personified in this...

Not a lost classic in my book, nor auteur action...but le funny, certainmont.

6/10


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