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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... See more »

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Le commissaire
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Lucie Jumaucourt (as Maria Pacome)
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Baptiste Lavalle, alias Bebel
Philippe Taccini ...
Julien Senquin
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Catherine Jumaucourt
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Léon Jumaucourt
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Gaston (as Raymond Bussieres)
Georges Anderson ...
Le père de Togo
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Le père de MC 2 (as Feodor Atkine)
Henri Attal ...
Mohammed
Gaëtan Bloom ...
Gaëtan (as Gaetan Bloom)
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Le pion
Jean Cherlian ...
Le menuisier (as Jean Cherian)
Etienne Draber ...
Le père de Julien
Hélène Dublin ...
Sarah (as Helene Dublin)
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Jeanne Hamilton (as Catherine Erhardy)
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Bruce Kateka
Patrick Laurent ...
Graffiti
Françoise Michaud ...
Caroline
Pétronille Moss ...
Ruth (as Petronille Moss)
Honoré N'Zué ...
Togo (as Honore N' Zue)
Marie-Thérèse Orain ...
Marthe (as Marie-Therese Orain)
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Mme le juge
Magali Renoir ...
Patricia ('Miss Vuitton')
Gilles Roussel ...
MC2
Mathieu Schiffman ...
L'écolo
Philippe Vallauris ...
Le père de Caroline
Mohamed Zinet ...
Mustapha, le terroriste à la couscoussière
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Nardon ...
Le grand dadais (uncredited)
Patrick Zard ...
Zard (uncredited)

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Claude Zidi

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Michel Fabre ... ()
 
Didier Kaminka ... (dialogue)
 
Claude Zidi ... (dialogue)

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Claude Zidi ... producer

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Bob Brault

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Paul Bonis

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Nicole Saunier

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Amina Mazani ... assistant editor

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Jacques Voizot

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Jean-Jacques Albert ... unit production manager
Pierre Gauchet ... production manager
Catherine Mazières ... unit production manager

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Hélène Bernardin ... assistant director
Patrice Bertrand ... third assistant director
Jean Cauchy ... trainee assistant director
Frédéric Sauvagnac ... second assistant director

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Dominique Hennequin ... sound mixer
Jean-Pierre Lelong ... foley artist
Jean-Bernard Thomasson ... boom operator
Jean-Louis Ughetto ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ariane Damain ... second assistant camera
Daniel Leterrier ... camera operator
Roger Robert ... key grip
Jean-Paul Toraille ... first assistant camera

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Philippe Adler ... lyricist: theme song

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Danièle Desouches ... script supervisor

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  • AMLF (1980) (France) (theatrical)
  • Sacil (1981) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Tobis (1981) (West Germany) (theatrical)

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • The Under-Gifted (World-wide, English title)
  • Los cateados (Spain)
  • Los incorregibles (Spain)
  • Придурки на экзаменах (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Надарените (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 92 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in La boîte à bonus de la boîte à bac (2014). See more »

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