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The Cabbage Soup (1981)

La soupe aux choux (original title)
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2 buddy farmers are visited by aliens who like their domestic cabbage soup.


Jean Girault


René Fallet (novel), Jean Halain | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis de Funès ... Claude Ratinier (Le Glaude)
Jean Carmet ... Francis Chérasse (Le Bombé)
Jacques Villeret ... l'Oxien (La Denrée)
Claude Gensac ... Amelie Poulangeard
Henri Génès ... le brigadier chef
Marco Perrin ... le maire
Christine Dejoux Christine Dejoux ... Francine
Gaëlle Legrand ... Catherine Lemouette
Catherine Ohotnikoff Catherine Ohotnikoff
Philippe Ruggieri Philippe Ruggieri ... Robert
Philippe Brizard Philippe Brizard ... Le facteur
Max Montavon Max Montavon ... Le frère Poulangeard
Thierry Liagre Thierry Liagre ... Le médecin
Perrette Souplex Perrette Souplex ... Aimée
Carole Nugue Carole Nugue


Two old french countrymen are living a quiet life in their little old farms. The first one, Claude Ratinier, aka "le Glaude" (Louis de Funès), is a widower, and the second one, Francis Chérasse, aka "Cicisse" (Jean Carmet), is single. They spend their days drinking liters of wine and pastis, reminding themselves the good old times. One evening, they happen to start a farting contest, which seems to provoke a lightning storm... Then they go to sleep, but somebody has been quite interested by their kind of expression, and is preparing to change their life... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


At the time when the movie was made, De Funes was reluctant to keep acting as he found he was now too old to do so. He agreed to do this movie because he realized how much he had in common with his character. See more »


When Le Glaude retrieves the lock of hair from the grandfather clock, the clock-face door swings open. In the next shot we can see the door over his shoulder and it's closed. See more »

Alternate Versions

The German version was edited to reduce running time. 8 minutes were cut from the VHS tape, with another 2 minutes removed from the DVD. See more »


Valse Brune
Music by Georges Krier
Lyrics by Georges Villard
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Louis de Funès at his best considering his health
18 February 2003 | by codco231See all my reviews

This was Mr de Funès on one of his last movies. Even if the health was not all there, he still had the touch and wacky ways of making us laugh. It had a moral, not to make fun at you elders, even if they are living in the past manners. You need to be open minded and you must be a fan of Mr de Funès to really appriciate his style of humour.

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Release Date:

2 December 1981 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bombon, Seine-et-Marne, France See more »

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2.35 : 1
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