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The Party (1980)

La boum (original title)
This is the story about the first love experiences of a teenage-girl.


Claude Pinoteau


Danièle Thompson (story), Claude Pinoteau (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Brasseur ... François Beretton
Brigitte Fossey ... Françoise Beretton
Sophie Marceau ... Vic Beretton
Denise Grey ... Poupette
Jean-Michel Dupuis Jean-Michel Dupuis ... Étienne
Dominique Lavanant ... Vanessa
Bernard Giraudeau ... Éric Lehman
Jacques Ardouin Jacques Ardouin ... Père de Raoul
Diane Bellego Diane Bellego ... Éliane (as Evelyne Bellego)
Richard Bohringer ... Guibert
Bernard Born Bernard Born ... Skating Rink Bouncer
Jean-Claude Bouillaud Jean-Claude Bouillaud ... Père Boum 2
Micheline Bourday Micheline Bourday ... Journaliste 'VSD'
Florence Brunold Florence Brunold ... Femme enceinte
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Brassac


13-year-old Vic is new in her high school; soon she makes friends with Penelope. Together they check out the guys in quest for a great love. But Vic's parents are their handicap, since they won't allow her to attend the "boum", a big party. But with some help of grandma Poupette it works out anyway and Vic falls in love with Matthieu. At the same time her parents' marriage is on the edge when her father's ex-girlfriend demands a last night together. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Screenwriter Danièle Thompson got the idea for the film by coming home one afternoon to find her then teenage daughter Caroline Thompson having organized a party at their home without telling her. She initially conceived the project as a potential Happy Days (1974)-style TV series. See more »


Referenced in Les enfants de la boum (2001) See more »


It Was Love
Performed by The Cruisers
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Lyrics by Jeff Jordan
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so awesome
25 October 2005 | by misspiggieSee all my reviews

My french teacher allowed my class to watch the entire thing.It's a wonderful movie. There was one slow song that kept playing throughout the entire film, but at the moment I cannot recall the name of it. I give it a ten out of ten because it was funny, shocking, and even a smidge sad at points. Nowadays it would most definitely be rated PG-13 at least, because it does contain profanity and some sexual references. All of the foreign films shown to us in class were loved by all, such as Jean De Florette and Manon De la Source, which are both equally fabulous movies. I must say that I greatly enjoyed the lead female character's haircut. It really looked good on her.

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17 December 1980 (France) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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