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Ils sont grands, ces petits (1979)

A nasty estate developer wants to throw scientist Louise and her pal Leo out of their home .


Joël Santoni


Daniel Boulanger (adaptation), Daniel Boulanger (dialogue) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Louise Mouchin
Claude Brasseur ... Léo Dartigues
Claude Piéplu ... Arthur Palanque
Éva Darlan ... Nadine (as Eva Darlan)
Mustapha Dali Mustapha Dali ... L'émir
Michel Such Michel Such ... Le caissier
Yves Robert ... Le père de Louise
Jean-François Balmer ... Monestier
Michel Berto Michel Berto ... Le prisonnier
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... L'égoutier
Jean-Pierre Coffe Jean-Pierre Coffe ... Charles, l'ex-mari
Fernand Guiot Fernand Guiot ... L'inspecteur Bugeaud
Clément Harari Clément Harari ... Vladimir, le savant
Claude Legros Claude Legros ... Le deuxième caissier
Jean Panisse ... L'inspecteur Henri


This is the story of a scientist's daughter ,Louise , who grew up to be a cybernetics expert herself, and of her childhood friend ,Léo ,who enjoys scale models ;a nasty estate developer who plans a luxury apartment block ,"La Traviata " ,wants to throw them out of their property .But Louise and Leo strike back, holding up banks in the most unusual way , and with a little help of her robot,Manfred. Written by dbdumonteil

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14 March 1979 (France) See more »

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C'est la faute à papa See more »

Filming Locations:

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

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Robotics and robbery.
1 October 2018 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Joel Santoni begins his career with a movie which deserves to be rediscovered :"Les Yeux Fermés " (=with eyes closed) dealt with a blind man's ordeals in a cruel world;after a documentary about a cycler champion ;things begins to deteriorate beyond that point :"Les Yeux Brouillés" exploited a French President's fancy for scrambled eggs but got unanimous thumbs down .

"Ils Sont Grands Ces Petits " hits rock bottom,despite an intriguing prologue ,with an excellent scene :scientist Yves Robert asks his daughter to go to bed :she demands a bedtime story ,and he reads her an extract from a calculus book dealing with sine curves and parameters.

This is the story of the aforementioned girl,Louise , who grew up to be a scientist herself and of her childhood friend ,Léo ,who enjoys scale models ;a nasty estate developer who has a luxury apartment block ,"La Traviata " in mind wants to throw them out of their property .

The eventful screenplay includes a new way of holding up banks , a robot ,Manfred ,closer to Roby from "foridden planet" than to those of "star wars" , the obligatory wealthy emirs -a recurrent theme of the French cinema of the late seventies/early eighties,-

Catherine Deneuve is by no means a comic actress ;both she and Claude Brasseur must have considered this dud a potboiler.Claude Piéplu could be riotously funny when he was given good parts (Miller's "La Meilleure Façon De Marcher " and both films with Bunuel).

Fortunately , Joel Santoni' s following effort "Mort Un Dimanche De Pluie" , was much better and is to be recommended;but not this one.

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