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The Under-Gifted (1980)

Les sous-doués (original title)
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Baptiste 'Bebel' Lavalle and his classmates in Versailles' private high-school Louis XIV enjoy their carefree life enough to deliberately fail the exams, a national record of zero ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Zidi

Writers:

Michel Fabre, Didier Kaminka (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Galabru ... Le commissaire
Maria Pacôme ... Lucie Jumaucourt (as Maria Pacome)
Daniel Auteuil ... Baptiste Lavalle, alias Bebel
Philippe Taccini Philippe Taccini ... Julien Senquin
Tonie Marshall ... Catherine Jumaucourt
Hubert Deschamps ... Léon Jumaucourt
Raymond Bussières ... Gaston (as Raymond Bussieres)
Georges Anderson Georges Anderson ... Le père de Togo
Féodor Atkine ... Le père de MC 2 (as Feodor Atkine)
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Mohammed
Gaëtan Bloom Gaëtan Bloom ... Gaëtan (as Gaetan Bloom)
Richard Bohringer ... Le pion
Jean Cherlian Jean Cherlian ... Le menuisier (as Jean Cherian)
Etienne Draber Etienne Draber ... Le père de Julien
Hélène Dublin Hélène Dublin ... Sarah (as Helene Dublin)
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Baptiste 'Bebel' Lavalle and his classmates in Versailles' private high-school Louis XIV enjoy their carefree life enough to deliberately fail the exams, a national record of zero graduating pupils. Permissive headmaster Léon Jumaucourt's bitchy wife Lucie takes charge, determined to make them pass. She's no match for Bebel's tricks, despite cruel abuse, but the gang also annoys the public, including the dumb police commissioner. After a mix-up between their bomb-alert prop and a real terrorist group's African embassy attack, Bebel's bunch is condemned to pass their exams or go to jail, and the commissioner, charged with supervision, is in no mood to let them off easily. Written by KGF Vissers

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The prank with the hearing aid wouldn't work because the professor would hear his own amplified voice when saying "speak louder" to the pupils. See more »

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Featured in La boîte à bonus de la boîte à bac (2014) See more »

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French cult classic
9 March 2005 | by Topher-26See all my reviews

An absolute must-see for those into teenage comedies. I really wish this one was distributed worldwide as it is somewhat reminiscing of Animal House and The Breakfast Club, but just much, much funnier.

The plot: The story of a bunch of students in a tiny private school. Always up to no good, they end up blowing up part of the school. As a result, they can be sent to jail or... pass their baccalaureate. Since they are absolute losers, they'll come up with the zaniest tricks and devices to cheat during both the written and oral exams (both supervised by the police !). This film is a riot from beginning to end, and after that, you will never forget the "Learning Machine" or Mr. Bruce, the sports teacher.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 April 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Los incorregibles See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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