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Ace of Aces ()

L'as des as (original title)
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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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Jo Cavalier
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Gaby Delcourt
Rachid Ferrache ...
Simon Rosenblum
Frank Hoffmann ...
Günther von Beckmann
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Adolf Hitler / Angela Hitler
Benno Sterzenbach ...
Major Aschbach - Gestapo officer
Yves Pignot ...
Lucien
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Maurice Auzel ...
L'entraîneur de boxe
Agnia Bogoslava
Peter Bonke
Alain David
Jean-Marie Djebaili
Gerhard Doleschall
Stéphane Ferrara ...
Micholo, un boxeur
Gerd Roman Frosch
Claus Fuchs ...
Dieter
Michael Gahr ...
Brückner - Hitler's adjutant
Tamara Kafka
Marc Lamole
Christoph Lindert ...
Herr Hammel
Jean-Roger Milo ...
Emile
Hubert Münster
Dominique Nato
Jacqueline Noëlle
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Un boxeur
Pierre Semmler
Hans Strecke ...
Customer
Sonya Tuchmann ...
Sarah Rosenblum (as Sonja Tuchmann)
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Lazare Rosenblum
Ernest von Rintelen
Hans Wyprächtiger ...
Oberleutnant 'Grandpa' Rosenblum
Rolf M. Degener ...
Steiner (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Ulrich Johannson ...
Chauffeur (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Gérard Oury

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Danièle Thompson ... (screenplay) &
Gérard Oury ... (screenplay)
 
Horst Wendlandt ... (German dialogue) (as Gregor Gubanow)

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Jean-Paul Belmondo ... producer
Alain Poiré ... producer
Thomas Schühly ... executive producer
Horst Wendlandt ... producer

Music by

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Vladimir Cosma

Cinematography by

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Xaver Schwarzenberger

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Albert Jurgenson

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Josef Moosholzer ... (casting germany) (as Josef Mossholzer)
Sabine Schroth

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Rolf Zehetbauer

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Marc Frédérix
Herbert Strabel

Costume Design by

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Jacques Fonteray

Production Management

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Alain Belmondo ... production manager
Rolf M. Degener ... production manager
Marc Goldstaub ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Stefaan Schieder ... first assistant director

Sound Department

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Nadine Muse ... sound editor
Alain Sempé ... sound

Stunts

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Jean-Paul Belmondo ... stunt performer
Claude Carliez ... stunt coordinator
François Doge ... stunts
Jacques Dubourg ... stunts
Dominique Julienne ... stunt driver
Rémy Julienne ... stunt coordinator
Jean Salis ... stunts

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Ilan Zaoui ... choreographer

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Das As der Asse (West Germany)
  • Ace of Aces (Ireland, English title)
  • Ace of Aces (Canada, English title)
  • Ace of Aces (World-wide, English title)
  • Ace of Aces (United States)
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  • 100 min
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Budget FRF40,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
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 »
Movie Connections Featured in I anodos kai i ptosi tou Nazismou (2008). See more »

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