In 1936, a French boxer on his way to the Berlin Olympic Games befriends a local Jewish boy and decides to save him from the Nazis.


Gérard Oury


Danièle Thompson (screenplay), Gérard Oury (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Credited cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Jo Cavalier
Marie-France Pisier ... Gaby Delcourt
Rachid Ferrache Rachid Ferrache ... Simon Rosenblum
Frank Hoffmann Frank Hoffmann ... Günther von Beckmann
Günter Meisner ... Adolf Hitler / Angela Hitler
Benno Sterzenbach ... Major Aschbach - Gestapo officer
Yves Pignot Yves Pignot ... Lucien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Auzel Maurice Auzel ... L'entraîneur de boxe
Agnia Bogoslava Agnia Bogoslava
Peter Bonke Peter Bonke
Jean-Marie Djebaili Jean-Marie Djebaili
Gerhard Doleschall Gerhard Doleschall
Stéphane Ferrara Stéphane Ferrara ... Micholo, un boxeur
Gerd Roman Frosch Gerd Roman Frosch
Claus Fuchs Claus Fuchs ... Dieter


In this action comedy the French boxer Jo Cavalier is charmed on the train to Berlin for the Olympics in Hitler's Germany by the little boy Simon Rosenblum who asks his autograph; when it turns out his adorable young fan is a Jewish orphan in danger of persecution, he risks his one shot at Olympic glory to save Simon and his family, helped only by a German officer-gentleman who became his friend in World War I, by an adventurous escape to Switzerland, Nazi troops on their heals and braving impossible odds in roller coaster-style. Written by KGF Vissers

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In the German version Hitler (Meisner) speaks in front of his generals at the Obersalzberg about a detergent named Akropatz ("Gentlemen, only Akropatz makes a pot really clean!"). In the french version he speaks about his plans for invasion. In a second scene he says that somebody has sent him tights: "...and I hate tights!" In the original version Hitler asks for "more living space for the growing German race". See more »


The coat of arms from the Romanian flag in front of the hotel where the French delegation has been accommodated was adopted only after 1965. See more »


Featured in Cinemania: I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008) See more »

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the last very good film buy Gerard Oury
7 June 2012 | by lalouxfrancoisSee all my reviews

I don't know why but i just keep watching this movie with pleasure. Not a absolute classic, but that movie has a special "taste" that makes it so special in my eyes, and warms me in a strange way.

Not the best work of Gerard Oury, but certainly his last very good one.

Belmondo is perfect, as most other actors are.

The story is absolutely not serious, but takes place during very dark times for Europe, giving a nice message behind the good laughs that you have.

Give it a try, don't take it seriously and, if like me you are fond of Belmondo, you will certainly have a good time watching this film.


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German | French

Release Date:

27 October 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ace of Aces See more »

Filming Locations:

Bad Tölz, Bavaria, Germany See more »


Box Office


FRF40,000,000 (estimated)
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Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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