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The Under-Gifted (1980)

Les sous-doués (original title)
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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Storyline

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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Comedy

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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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Films 7 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Often subtitled "Les Sous-Doués passent le Bac" to distinguish it from its sequel. See more »

Goofs

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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13 June 2015 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

Indeed, there is one genre in which American movies usually fail and french one are rather inspired : comedy ! And for my country, Zidi was among the best for that : he had really the talent to pick classic positive characters and put them borderline, so the fun ! Before policemen taking bribes, here he plays with cheating students ! It's light, natural not spoofs or too intellectual so you laugh really hard and have great fun ! The appeal of this movie is his great casting as well : today movies are brand-names, who's who of too much paid people but then, movies were open to unknown newcomers : they were fresh, full of energy and if some has built a career so far, it's has been a one-shot for the others… At last, this movie is also interesting because it happens in a France that has disappeared : if those students are lazy, they show some political ideas, they dress well. Today, students have nothing in their heads, guys dress with sport-ware all day and girls wear less to show more ! Actually, it's maybe the first time I watched this movie : when it was aired on TV, i was a kid so in a period which means no TV at night except Tuesday and Saturday, so i heard about it in school playground with my friends talking about it ! I'm on board for their summer sequel next week !


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