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French Fried Vacation (1978)

Les bronzés (original title)
Holidaymakers arriving in a Club Med camp on the Ivory Coast are determined to forget their everyday problems and emotional disappointments. Games, competitions, outings, bathing and sunburn accompany a continual succession of casual affairs.

Director:

Patrice Leconte

Writers:

L' Equipe du Splendid (scenario), Josiane Balasko (as L'équipe du Splendid) | 9 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josiane Balasko ... Nathalie Morin
Luis Rego Luis Rego ... Bobo
Marie-Anne Chazel ... Gigi
Michel Blanc ... Jean-Claude Dusse
Martin Lamotte ... Miguel
Bruno Moynot Bruno Moynot ... Gilbert Sellman, homme au slip noir
Gérard Jugnot ... Bernard Morin
Michel Creton Michel Creton ... Bourseault
Thierry Lhermitte ... Popeye
Dominique Lavanant Dominique Lavanant ... Christiane
Christian Clavier ... Docteur Jerome Tarere
Guy Laporte Guy Laporte ... Marcus, chef du village
Pascale Deneu Pascale Deneu
Marion Lanez Marion Lanez
Sylvie Obry Sylvie Obry
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Holidaymakers arriving in a Club Med camp on the Ivory Coast are determined to forget their everyday problems and emotional disappointments. Games, competitions, outings, bathing and sunburn accompany a continual succession of casual affairs. Written by Aline

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 November 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

French Fried Vacation See more »

Filming Locations:

Assouinde, Côte D'Ivoire

Company Credits

Production Co:

Trinacra Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

All of the main actors came from the same stand-up comedy group, Le Splendid. See more »

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Referenced in Dead Tired (1994) See more »

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Sea Sex and Sun
Written and Performed by Serge Gainsbourg
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A shibboleth of a movie
3 September 2008 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

There are two sides to this movie: superficially it is an unspectacular comedy about a group of tourists spending their two weeks at a Club Med resort somewhere in Africa, or the West Indies or wherever. There is the underlying promise of sexual adventures, but they only materialise for the bored, toned and bronzed club entertainers, not the balding and paunchy guests.

Like an iceberg, the more important part of this movie is invisible, and lies in the incredibly fast-paced dialogues. It's French quipping at its best, and if you only so much as bat an eye you'll miss it. For this reason the French love this movie, and the rest of the world wonders what they're on about (this type of humour doesn't translate well or even at all). I saw an original French version without subtitles, and have to admit that most of it was too fast for me.

For this reason: if you're French -- you probably have seen this movie, and possibly even on this very day. If you're not French, you won't understand a dicky bird. This review is so pointless.


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