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The Umbrella Coup (1980)

Le coup du parapluie (original title)
A womanizer balances his wife, mistress, and love interest.

Director:

Gérard Oury

Writers:

Gérard Oury, Danièle Thompson (as Danielle Thompson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Richard ... Grégoire Lecomte
Valérie Mairesse ... Sylvette, alias Bunny
Christine Murillo Christine Murillo ... Josyane Leblanc
Gordon Mitchell ... Moskovitz, le tueur
Gérard Jugnot ... Frédo
Maurice Risch Maurice Risch ... Le producteur de Paris
Dominique Lavanant Dominique Lavanant ... Mireille
Axelle Abbadie Axelle Abbadie ... Juliette, la fleuriste
Yaseen Khan Yaseen Khan ... Radj Kahn
Didier Sauvegrain Didier Sauvegrain ... Stanislas Lefort, dit Constantin Patakis, alias Pierre Juvet, dit 'La Folle'
Mike Marshall Mike Marshall ... Le docteur
Roger Carel ... Salvatore Bozzoni
Vittorio Caprioli ... Don Barberini
Gert Fröbe ... Otto Krampe, dit La Baleine (as Gert Froebe)
Patrick Lecocq Patrick Lecocq ... Le journaliste télé
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Storyline

A womanizer balances his wife, mistress, and love interest.

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 October 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Umbrella Coup See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the secondary music (like the theme we hear in the answer-phone, or the one we hear on the radio) are taken from The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972). See more »

Goofs

In the latter part of the movie, when the car is leaving the airport car park, there is a van in the background with a poster on it which says "Gerard Oury et Pierre Richard en 'Le coup du parapluie". See more »

Quotes

Sylvette dite Bunny: What kind?
Grégoire Lecomte: 'Butch Cassidy', 'The Sting'...
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Alternate Versions

The USSR release was cut by 15 minutes by censors. See more »

Connections

References City Lights (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday To You
Written by Patty S. Hill & Mildred J. Hill
Performed by the orchestra in the hotel
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Quick-footed comedy with a nice ensemble
19 January 2017 | by IndustriousAngelSee all my reviews

Criticism first: The plot (or "plot") feels contrived and really doesn't make much sense. So, it's a good thing that they didn't care for sense but went for a quick-footed firework of gags instead - a bit like Airplane! from the same year.

Now, the pros: Most of the gags do work, slapstick as well as running gags, funny banter and visual gags. The rhythm is relentless, there's not a boring minute in this movie. But what makes it really shine is the excellent cast with lots of character faces - Gert Fröbe as villain "La baleine", Gordon Mitchell as a grumpy hit-man, Gérard Jugnot as a sideline booking agent, "Khan" the exotic bodyguard, Valerie Mairesse as love interest / police officer "Bunny" - and among them, Pierre Richard in his usual shtick as a harmless guy completely out of his depth but still self-confident to a fault - and chasing every skirt crossing his way while his enemies are dropping like flies. Recommended, just don't expect sense and blood but a lot of good-natured laughs. This really is a nice comedy!


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