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La course à l'échalote (1975)

An awkward banker tracks down cabaret performers, who stole the ownership title of their nightclub.

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Claude Zidi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Richard ... Pierre Vidal
Jane Birkin ... Janet
Michel Aumont ... Commissaire Brunet
Marc Doelnitz Marc Doelnitz ... Marc (as Marc Doelsnitz)
Amadeus August ... Gunther
Henri Déus Henri Déus ... Mike
Luis Rego Luis Rego ... Franz
Catherine Allégret ... Nicole
André Bézu André Bézu ... André
Jean Martin ... Le directeur de la banque
Claude Dauphin ... De Rovère
Paul Cambo ... Le P.D.G.
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Le contrôleur
François Cadet François Cadet ... Le premier brigadier
Philippe Dehesdin Philippe Dehesdin ... Philippe
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An awkward banker tracks down cabaret performers, who stole the ownership title of their nightclub.

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

8 October 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wild Goose Chase See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Pierre Richard delivers
5 June 2015 | by tony_le_stephanoisSee all my reviews

A not so capable man (played by Pierre Richard) is appointed to handle the affairs of a bank during the time the director is gone. When he's in charge, a suitcase with an important paper gets stolen, and he wants to retrieve it. Police thinks he's the culprit and his girlfriend wants him back. So, basically, everyone's after Pierre Richard in this film.

I expected not much. A film by Claude Zidi, once a camera operator from Claude Chabrol, who made a bunch of mediocre comedies. As if to prove this, there's a joke with a toilet bowl only after five minutes.

But it was too hard to resist to the gags and I started giggling anyhow. The thing is, Pierre Richard pulls it all off every time - trying to yell 'au secours' when his voice is hoarse, fumbling with keys, playing a blind man, reassuring a detective that there are no problems while there obviously are. Even the joke with the toilet bowl.

It's a goofy comedy, with a lot of predictable jokes, but it's PASSIONATELY GOOFY. Although this film is far from Le Grand Blond..., the best Pierre Richard-film I know of, it has great speed and some funny episodes. Most funny bits, for me, were the exuberant episodes in a carnivalesque train and the grand final. I rate it 6/10.


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