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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

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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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Amazing.
22 May 2006 | by kipdunlapSee all my reviews

I spent 3 weeks in France on a foreign exchange/home-stay program and happened to see this film. I was only a second-year french student, but despite the language barrier, I laughed.. SO HARD.. at that movie. I'm sure my host family thought I had lost it. This is one of those movies you wipe the tears from your eyes after laughing so hard about. I'd give my right arm for a DVD of it. It brings to mind a sort of Inspector Cleauseau funniness. These kids are horrible pranksters, and the things they came up with don't quite hit you until the prank is pulled off. All in all, its just a fantastic movie. I wonder if I'll ever see it again...


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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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