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L'aile ou la cuisse (1976)

Charles Duchemin, a well-known gourmet and the publisher of a famous restaurant guide, is waging a war against fast-food entrepreneur Tri-Catel to save the French art of cooking. After ... See full summary »


Claude Zidi


Claude Zidi (scenario and dialogue), Michel Fabre (collaboration)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis de Funès ... Charles Duchemin
Coluche ... Gérard Duchemin
Ann Zacharias ... Marguerite #2 - la secrétaire intérimaire
Julien Guiomar ... Jacques Tricatel
Claude Gensac ... Marguerite #1 - la secrétaire de Duchemin
Georges Chamarat Georges Chamarat ... Le doyen des académiciens
Jean Martin ... Le médecin
Fernand Guiot Fernand Guiot ... Dubreuil - un collaborateur de Duchemin
Gérard Boucaron Gérard Boucaron ... Ficelle
Antoine Marin Antoine Marin ... Un collaborateur de Duchemin
Yves Afonso ... Le faux plombier
Raymond Bussières ... Henri - le chauffeur de Duchemin
Philippe Bouvard ... Philippe Bouvard - l'animateur du débat
Marcel Dalio ... Le tailleur de Duchemin (as Dalio)
Vittorio Caprioli ... Vittorio - le patron d'un restaurant


Charles Duchemin, a well-known gourmet and the publisher of a famous restaurant guide, is waging a war against fast-food entrepreneur Tri-Catel to save the French art of cooking. After having agreed to appear on a talk show to show his skills in naming food and wine by taste, he is confronted with two disasters: his son wants to become a clown rather than a restaurant tester and he, the famous Charles Duchemin, has lost his taste. Written by Robert Zeithammel <zeit@cip.physik.uni-muenchen.de>

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Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

27 October 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Kridýlko nebo stehýnko See more »


Box Office


FRF 23,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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a soundtrack is entitled "Agnosie" although it is question about agueusia (agueusie in French) by the last third of the movie See more »


When the two Duchemins have infiltrated Tricatel's factory and the shovel from the crane goes back up in the air, you can hear the motor sound of the crane as if they stood right beside it. However, the crane stands way outside the factory. See more »


Charles Duchemin: Call an Ambulance!
Marguerite #1: But my leg is broken!
Charles Duchemin: Good thinking call an employment agency i'l have to replace you
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Referenced in Particka: Episode #3.7 (2012) See more »


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An unknown great De Funes

After having landed a world-success with Gerard Oury's "The mad adventures of Rabbi Jacob" (1975), Louis De Funes suffered his first severe heart attack. Nevertheless, only one year later, he starred in an other great success: "The Wing or the Thigh" (1976). However, while Rabbi Jacob became world-famous and is since long available as one the deplorably very few De Funes movies on DVD, "L'Aile Ou La Cuisse" never reached the stardom of his predecessor. About the reasons one can only speculate. So, De Funes suggested to put Coluche's name on the advertisements posters, Coluche who plays De Funes' son and was one of the greatest French stars of comedy, circus, TV and politics - but unknown to a greater audience outside of France. Moreover, the topic of this movie is the beginning of "Convenience Food" (so the official term) in France in the mindst-70ies. In the US, however, frozen food in the form of "TV dinners" and other convenient forms of thawing or reheating pasteurized meals had already a long tradition at that time. Obviously, the producers were afraid that "L'Aile Ou La Cuisse" would not be understood outside of Europe. But nevertheless, Louis De Funes, although pale-looking and quieter than in his earlier works, can show all registers of his gigantic comic talent in this movie. In Coluche, he has a quite non-fitting partner, but one who was wise enough not to upstage De Funes, but to persuade with his soft or even tacit humor. As usual for all De Funes movies, the plot is coherent and convincing from A to Z, the topic is still not dusty, because meanwhile our world has been over-rolled by successors of Monsieur Tricatel from the movie, and Louis De Funes is, as he ever was, the most sympathetic heroic anti-hero, bourgeois anti-bourgeois and military anti-militarist how he can perhaps only exist in France.

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