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The Wing or The Thigh? (1976)

L'aile ou la cuisse (original title)
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Charles Duchemin, a well-known gourmet and the publisher of a famous restaurant guide, is waging a war against fast-food entrepreneur Tricatel 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 ... Le doyen des académiciens
Jean Martin ... Le médecin
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 Tricatel 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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According to Claude Zidi, the character Tricatel was inspired by Jacques Borel, a French industrialist who in the 1960s had the concession for roadhouses at French highways. 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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Navarin aux pommes
Composed by Vladimir Cosma
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Still actual these days
20 August 2011 | by RealLiveClaudeSee all my reviews

This movie, though shot a while back and its two stars (De Funes and Coluche) are gone up there, is still actual.

A renowned French restaurant reviewer, Duchemin, is about to quit and leave it to his rather bohemian son, who prefers doing a clown in a circus rather than follows his dad's footsteps. A food promoter, Tricatel, wants to nail him by providing his bad "fast food" through regional French restaurants, by challenging him in a TV show. Wanting to prove his food is no good, Duchemin decides to take his son on a restaurant tour across France, but Tricatel gets hold of the scheme. It's up to them to get into Tricatel's food processing plant to prove that he serves vile food to french restaurateurs.

This type of movie makes us think of what can be served in restaurants might not be as good as it pretends. However, lots of funny moments, and Coluche love interest, Marguerite, is not bad to see either in this movie.

A must-see if you think twice before eating in a restaurant...

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Release Date:

27 October 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Kridýlko nebo stehýnko See more »


Box Office


FRF23,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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