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Ace of Aces (1982)

L'as des as (original title)
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.

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Gérard Oury
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Jo Cavalier
Marie-France Pisier ... Gaby Delcourt
Rachid Ferrache Rachid Ferrache ... Simon Rosenblum
Frank Hoffmann Frank Hoffmann ... Gunther von Beckman
Günter Meisner ... Adolf Hitler / Angela Hitler
Benno Sterzenbach Benno Sterzenbach ... Major Aschbach - Gestapo officer
Yves Pignot Yves Pignot ... Lucien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Auzel Maurice Auzel
Agnia Bogoslava Agnia Bogoslava
Peter Bonke Peter Bonke
Alain David Alain David
Jean-Marie Djebaili Jean-Marie Djebaili
Gerhard Doleschall Gerhard Doleschall
Stéphane Ferrara Stéphane Ferrara ... Un boxeur
Gerd Roman Frosch Gerd Roman Frosch
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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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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

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 »

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Budget:

FRF 40,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Broke the opening admissions record in Paris selling 463,028 tickets in its first week. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

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Ace of Aces-A good 'comedy' film directed by Gérard Oury who made one of French cinema's most seen films.
4 June 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

World War I and II have always been a good setting for European cinema as different films have been made by France, Germany and Italy which speak about two major conflicts which have brought mankind close to the brink of disaster. As we discuss the portrayal of wars in cinema, we need to mention that it is the French directors who have portrayed world wars in a comic fashion as opposed to the seriousness which a war film demands. Hence, it is with immense pride can one state that a long time before Italian comedy actor/director Roberto Benigni (Life is beautiful), French cinema was the first national cinema to give comic touches to wars especially in their humorous portrayal of Nazism. For example : PAPY FAIT DE LA RESISTANCE directed by Jean-Marie Poiré. Ace of aces is one such film which recreates the magic of comedy during a war by lampooning Nazi soldiers and their leader Adolf Hitler who were in power in Germany during 11th Summer Olympic Games which were held in 1936 in Berlin. For this film, French superstar Jean-Paul Belmondo is paired with Marie-France Pisier who get rid of their differences in order to help a Jewish family. It is not only the star cast which has worked wonders for this film as Gérard Oury has added too many popular cinema elements to make his film a nice viewing experience for all types of viewers regardless of their age or taste. One gets to see an incredible chase of airplanes in the skies, a French boxing team, a bear in a car chased by Nazi soldiers, Der Fuehrer 'Adolf Hitler' and his sister and even a short documentary footage of American sprinter Jesse Owens. You would not hesitate in watching this film as it represents a true example of light comedy in cinema if you have already enjoyed and seen 'La Grande Vadrouille'.


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