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Undercovers Hero (1974)

Soft Beds, Hard Battles (original title)
In this comedy, set during the Nazi occupation of France, Peter Sellers plays most major male parts, so he stars in nearly every scene, always bumbling in inspector Clouseau-style. As ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Boulting

Writers:

Leo Marks (story and screenplay), Roy Boulting (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Général Latour & General Latour / Major Robinson / Herr Schroeder / Adolf Hitler / M. Le Président des Forces Spéciales & The President / H.R.H. General The Prince Kyoto & Prince Kyoto
Lila Kedrova ... Madame Grenier
Curd Jürgens ... General von Grotjahn (as Curt Jurgens)
Béatrice Romand ... Marie-Claude (as Beatrice Romand)
Jenny Hanley ... Michèlle
Gabriella Licudi ... Simone
Françoise Pascal ... Madeleine
Rex Stallings Rex Stallings ... Alan Cassidy
Rula Lenska ... Louise
Daphne Lawson Daphne Lawson ... Claudine
Hylette Adolphe ... Mlle. Tom-Tom
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Padre
Douglas Sheldon ... Kapitan Kneff
Thorley Walters Thorley Walters ... General Erhardt
Timothy West ... Convent Chaplain
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In this comedy, set during the Nazi occupation of France, Peter Sellers plays most major male parts, so he stars in nearly every scene, always bumbling in inspector Clouseau-style. As British Major Robinson he is hidden in Madame Grenier's Parisian brothel, right under the nose of the Nazi clients, such as Gestapo agent Herr Schroeder (again him). As Général Latour he leads the French resistance, which includes the brothel madam -made a colonel in charge of her sexy 'troops'- and a priest, and is joined by young US diplomat Alan Cassidy. As Japanese imperial Prince Kyoto he becomes a target for the resistance in a monastery on his way to Hitler (again him). At the end he decorates the heroes as French president. Written by KGF Vissers

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The movie with the 6 best Sellers in one!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1974 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Undercovers Hero See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There's a certain irony in seeing Peter Sellers - who was Jewish - playing Adolf Hitler. See more »

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A character is shot by firing-squad. The shadow of his body does not match the position in which he was last seen. See more »

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Schultz: What do you look forward to?
Herr Schroeder: After the war? I look forward to going back to my old job in civilian street.
Schultz: What did you do?
Herr Schroeder: I was an income tax inspector.
Schultz: Very different from the Gestapo.
Herr Schroeder: Not the way I do it!
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Shocking stuff
3 October 2012 | by co010c6650See all my reviews

Peter Sellers' film career was a hit and miss affair to say the least but it surely hit a new low with this wretched, screamingly tedious, jumbled, painfully unfunny 'comedy' set in a French brothel during WW2 that sees Sellers' ego move into overdrive as it has him appearing in no fewer than 6 roles, each as annoying and unfunny as the next. How was this justified ? Oh I forgot, Peter was the star of the show and if Peter wanted the opportunity to wear as many costumes as he wanted whilst dazzling us with his repertoire of 'hilarious' accents then, hey, there's little point in the director, producer etc arguing with The Great One and so they might as well bow to his every whim. I was under the impression that at least 90% of the acting profession was out of work at any one time but it seems no-one told this to Sellers and if they had, he clearly wasn't listening. This abomination really was another nail in the coffin as far as his career was concerned and it came as no surprise that Inspector Clouseau made a re-appearance a year of two after this unwatchable drivel was polluting the handful of movie theatres that the distributors decided to show it in.

One of the better 007 baddies, Curt Jurgens, was clearly desperate for the pay cheque as he makes an appearance alongside the likes of Windsor Davies ( no sign of Lofty though ) and Rula Lenska.

Brutal stuff. Don't say you weren't warned.


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