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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


Jacques Vilfrid (story), Jacques Vilfrid (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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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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1.66 : 1
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Maria Mauban replaced Claude Gensac as Josépha, the main character's wife. Gensac could not reprise the role because she had already commited to several plays. See more »


Follows The Troops of St. Tropez (1964) See more »

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Simple, but irresistible when you're in the right mood!
15 May 2005 | by vnoordlandSee all my reviews

Le Gendarme et les Extra Terrestres is one of the last episodes in the "gendarme"-series, situated in the beautiful south of France (St. Tropez).

Louis de Funes again plays Ludovic Cruchot. When his colleague-gendarme Beaupied (Maurice Risch) sees a flying saucer, no one believes him. Not much later however, Cruchot also sees the saucer. The two gendarmes try to convince their colleagues that they must do something to defeat the aliens, especially when it becomes clear that these aliens can copy the looks of anyone they like, including the gendarmes. But how do you catch aliens you can not distinguish from your own colleagues?

Don't complain about the special effects. They are bad. The saucer, when flying, is very poorly pasted in the film, especially in the final scene where it flies over the St Tropez harbor. It doesn't matter, even contributes to the overall fun-factor of this movie.

The movie contains more than enough memorable scenes, that is if you like its kind of humour. De Funes singing in a nuns-choir is hilarious. De Funes patting everybody on the back (to check if they sound hollow) and stabbing his boss in his ass (because he thinks he's an alien) is great. Also the scenes where Baupied's alien look-a like offers him a flower and where De Funes' cap is set on fire by an alien are classics.

The movie gives him enough room to display his famous neurotic character. A must see for fans of De Funes and of French comedy. 7/10 points.

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