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Quarter to Two Before Jesus Christ (1982)

Deux heures moins le quart avant Jésus-Christ (original title)
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Rahatlocum is a North African Roman colony where Julius Caesar came to spend an expensive holiday. The revolt rumbles among the small people who find a leader in the person of Ben-Hur Marcel.

Director:

Jean Yanne

Writer:

Jean Yanne (scenario)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Coluche ... Ben-Hur Marcel / Aminemephet
Michel Serrault ... César
Jean Yanne ... Paulus
Françoise Fabian ... Laetitia
Michel Auclair ... Le consul Demetrius
Mimi Coutelier ... Cléopâtre
Darry Cowl ... Faucuius
Paul Préboist ... Le gardien du lion
Daniel Emilfork ... Tatouius
André Pousse ... Un centurion
Michel Constantin ... Le secutor
Philippe Clay ... Le héraut
José Artur José Artur ... Reginus
Yves Mourousi Yves Mourousi
Léon Zitrone Léon Zitrone
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Rahatlocum is a North African Roman colony where Julius Caesar came to spend an expensive holiday. The revolt rumbles among the small people who find a leader in the person of Ben-Hur Marcel.

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Comedy

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According to Valérie Mairesse, she had shot a long scene opposing Jean Yanne which finally had to be cut because the film would have been considered too long. Her actual screen presence reduced to a few seconds was none the less credited as "with the friendly participation of". See more »

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References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

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More a clownery than a comedy
20 May 2020 | by johnpierrepatrickSee all my reviews

First, a non-French may have quite a few difficulties to detect / understand every reference (I'll take the example of the "CRS" - acronym of Roman security guards but also used to name well-known specialized police forces). Yes there are funny and well thought anachronisms. They were actually the biggest interest I found, as the movie was crowded by it, the game was to detect more than the friends you were watching it with (Don't watch it alone!)

But the movie is merely a succession of sketches, only a few funny. Overuses clichés and stereotypes. It surfs (and really a too long time) of the previous huge success Michel Serrault had with "La cage aux folles".

In a few words: comical - at some occasions, appalling - often


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 October 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Die verrücktesten 90 Minuten vor Christi Geburt See more »

Filming Locations:

Monastir, Tunisia

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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