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Bankers Also Have Souls (1982)

Le cadeau (original title)
Gregoire is retiring after many years with the same bank, and his collegues surprise him with the gift of a beautiful call girl, Barbara. Thinking she is a conquest, he impersonates the ... See full summary »

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Michel Lang

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Michel Lang, Italo Terzoli (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Mondy ... Grégoire Dufour
Claudia Cardinale ... Antonella Dufour
Clio Goldsmith Clio Goldsmith ... Joyane, aka Barbara
Jacques François ... Jacques Loriol
Renzo Montagnani ... L'émir Fayçal de Krator
Cécile Magnet Cécile Magnet ... Charlotte Legueden
Henri Guybet ... André
Rémi Laurent Rémi Laurent ... Laurent
Yolanda Jilot ... Jennifer (as Yolande Gilot)
Laurence Badie Laurence Badie ... Marie-Laure, la secrétaire de Loriol
Christophe Bourseiller ... Jean-Philippe Loriol
Duilio Del Prete ... Umberto
Jacqueline Dufranne Jacqueline Dufranne
Leila Fréchet Leila Fréchet ... Sandrine
Caroline Jacquin Caroline Jacquin
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Gregoire is retiring after many years with the same bank, and his collegues surprise him with the gift of a beautiful call girl, Barbara. Thinking she is a conquest, he impersonates the bank president, leading to a comedy of mistaken identities. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

24 March 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bankers Also Have Souls See more »

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Mono

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References Follow the Fleet (1936) See more »

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Broadway
English lyrics by Maurice Bergman
French lyrics by Eddy Marnay
Music by Michel Legrand
Performed by Clio Goldsmith and Pierre Mondy
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Worth Seeing
13 December 2001 | by laveanSee all my reviews

I disagree with the review that called this a lame sex farce...I first became aware of this movie while watching Siskel and Ebert who referred to it as one of their favorite foreign films of the year. I thought it was a light hearted, typical French Comedy. I think the reviewer fails to understand that the typical French Comedy is either based on mistaken identity, or a mistiming problem or a combination of both.

The French seem to have honed this genre to a fine art. Take for example the Dinner de Cons which does both, timing problems and mistaken identity. There are a few exceptions such as Ripoux, or My New Partner but this is pretty much what to expect from a French Comedy.

In the Gift, the first mistaken identity is the woman on the train. The hero who is retiring from the bank is given an expensive call girl for the weekend to accompany him on his last business trip to Venice...he does not know she is a professional and he believes she is attracted to him...thereafter there are series of timing errors and other mistaken identifications which leads to his wife coming to Venice, his son, his boss, etc. while he is hob knobing with shieks and tycoons...

No one is hurt, everyone comes out ahead and it is a fun movie...I saw in the recommendation of Siskel and Ebert and wasn't sorry.


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