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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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The film was not expected to have much success at release, debuting at the sixth place of the French box-office, but admissions kept growing day after day, eventually reaching and staying at the first place for a month and remaining in French theaters for 35 weeks, or over 8 months, becoming the most successful film of 1980 in France with 4,378,430 tickets sold, over Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). This was just that start of a major international success, with over 15 million tickets sold across Europe. By the time the film reached Italian screens in late 1981, the soundtrack's single "Reality", had been a huge hit for months and the film became a phenomenon, becoming the biggest film of the year in Italy, beating out E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) with nearly 8 million admissions, almost double that of France. See more »


References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »


Go On For Ever
Performed by Richard Sanderson
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Lyrics by Jeff Jordan
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French cult teenage movie
1 August 2003 | by aurorezewhiteSee all my reviews

Every French girl between the age of 15 and 35 knows this classic movie by heart!

La Boum takes place in Paris (Saint Germain des Prés) in the early eighties. 13 year-old Vic and best friend Penelope are dealing with high-school life, first loves and the problems in their parents' couples. The first half of the movie is about Vic trying to convince her parents to let her attend her first "boum" (home party), with the help of her hilarious grand-grand mother. Of course, Vic falls in love at the party, and the second half of the movie focuses on the relationship.

"La Boum" is a beautiful movie about adolescence, with great comedy moments and fabulous actors. Any teenage girl or anyone who's into the 80s culture should see it. It also has a very parisian touch that I love. We see so many movies taking place in american high schools, kids driving to school, playing fields, cheerleaders, etc etc... "La Boum" shows the life in Paris as it really is, for a change. This was the first role of Sophie Marceau (later to be a James Bond villain).

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17 December 1980 (France) See more »

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