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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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French | English | Albanian

Release Date:

23 November 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man from Acapulco See more »

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Trivia

No screenwriter is listed in the credits of the movie whose original script was in fact written by Francis Veber. In the DVD commentary, director Philippe de Broca explains that he thought that the character of Christine needed to be fleshed out. Veber disagreed and eventually director Jean-Paul Rappeneau was called to settle the question. Rappeneau agreed with de Broca and both of them rewrote part of Veber's script. Veber made strong reservations about the rewrite, and after seeing the finished movie, asked that his name be removed from the credits. See more »

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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

Tatiana: What is it?
Bob Saint-Clair: My hollow tooth. I've lost my cyanide capsule. That's never happened to me before when I kissed a woman. Good lord, where is it?
Tatiana: I spit it out. Naturally.
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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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Cucurrucucu Paloma
Tomas Mondez Sosa
Editon musicale: Pema Musique (Georges Bacri)
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Style is What We Call Our Mistakes
10 November 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Jean-Paul Belmondo is a French super-spy sent to Acapulco to find out why another agent was eaten by a shark in a telephone booth and to have sex with Jacqueline Bisset. No, wait, after about twenty minutes, it turns out that he's actually the writer of the potboilers in which he imagines himself, the people who annoy him in real life (particularly his publisher Vittorio Caprioli) and Jackie Bisset, the pretty student who lives upstairs, and whom he's much too shy to speak to. His life is pretty dire. He's divorced, has a son he can't talk to -- the boy is a teenager, so that's a given -- his apartment is a wreck because the plumber won't start until the electrician is done, and vice versa --and he's broke. Plus he has to write 83 pages by Monday because the next book is due.

It's another of the hit comedies that Belmondo made under the direction of Philippe de Broca, and it was originally written by Francis Veber. It was Veber's first year of movie credits, so when de Broca insisted on rewriting it himself, Veber took his name off the credits. It's telling and funny and Veber probably wrote the script based on his own experiences and daydreams. However, like the earlier de Broca-Belmondo collaborations, it seems to be erratically paced, uncertain from one moment to the next whether it's supposed to be camp, dramatic or a hip comedy, resulting in a bit of a mess. I've concluded that's de Broca's style.


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