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The Troops & Aliens (1979)

Le gendarme et les extra-terrestres (original title)
In St. Tropez, French gendarme Cruchot and his men battle petroleum-drinking, human-looking, metallic aliens.


Jean Girault


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis de Funès ... Le maréchal des logis-chef Ludovic Cruchot
Michel Galabru ... L'adjudant Jérôme Gerber
Maurice Risch Maurice Risch ... Le maréchal des logis Beaupied
Jean-Pierre Rambal Jean-Pierre Rambal ... Le maréchal des logis Taupin
Guy Grosso ... Le maréchal des logis Gaston Tricard
Michel Modo ... Le maréchal des logis Jules Berlicot
France Rumilly France Rumilly ... Soeur Clotilde
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... L'évêque
Mario David ... Le voleur du bidon d'huile
Jacques François ... Le colonel de gendarmerie
Maria Mauban Maria Mauban ... Joséfa Cruchot
Madeleine Delavaivre ... Soeur képi Gerber
Micheline Bourday Micheline Bourday ... Madame Cécilia Gerber
Jacqueline Jefford Jacqueline Jefford ... La soeur à la carrure de rugbyman
René Berthier René Berthier ... Berthier - l'adjoint du colonel


The bungling inspector Cruchot (Funès) finds himself trying to save the residents of St. Tropez from some oil-drinking humanoid aliens. The only way to tell the aliens from the real people, besides their constant thirst for oil-products, is that they sound like empty garbage cans when you touch them. Chaos is ahead. Written by Ørnås

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31 January 1979 (France) See more »

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Agreeable comedy about the likable gendarmes plenty of crazy humor and fun situations
17 December 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Botcher Cruchot encounters himself attempting to save people of Saint Tropez from an outer space invasion carried out by humanoid aliens . As always , there appears customary gendarmes partners , Marechals (Michael Modo, Maurice Risch, Jean Pierre Rambal, Guy Grosso) , chief adjutant Jerome (Michael Galabru) , but this time isn't the sympathetic Jean Lefevre . When they aware an outer space saucer the Gendarmerie Nationale is revolutionized , Ludovic Cruchot (Louis De Funes) goes into in action , and he's secretly moving in disguise , dressing as a nun . The only way to discover the Extra-Terrestres from real human is which they feel deep thirst and take compulsively oil drinks ; furthermore they sound like empty metallic cans when they punch them . Then , the highlights happen as when the aliens impersonate as gendarmes and the events go wrong .

This is an amusing story and pretty entertaining farce with the master comic Luis De Funes . Lively situations full of slapstick , slapdash and too much fun . The pic contains a light criticism to French police called Nationale Gendarmerie . Louis De Funes undertakes several adventures , overacting , as always , as he puts intense mocking faces , grimaces , tongue twister and lots of mimic gesticulation . Claude Gensac , as ordinary Ludovic Cruchot's spouse, she collaborated five films as wife , however this time doesn't appear , being substituted by Maria Mauban . Fine local photography with luminous sun under St. Tropez's blue sky . Lively and catching musical score by Raymond Lefevre includes usual leitmotif with musical background on habitual ending parade where the gendarmes are replaced by false aliens . However , it packs cheesy and ridiculous special effects referring the flying saucer . The movie is ingeniously written and directed by regular director series , Jean Girault . If you like Funes' nutty acting, you'll like this one.

Other movies about our intimate gendarmes are the following : ¨Gendarme of St. Tropez¨ , ¨Gendarme get married¨ , ¨Gendarme at New York¨ , ¨Gendarme takes off¨ and the last acting of the great Louis De Funes , an authentic Farceur: ¨Gendarme and the Gendarmettes¨.

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