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Dressed as a clown, the clever rascal Grimm holds up the most secure bank of Montreal and takes 30 hostages. While confusing and ridiculing the police with his strange behavior, he calmly ... See full summary »

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Alexandre Arcady

Writers:

Alexandre Arcady, Jay Cronley (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Grimm
Kim Cattrall ... Lise
Guy Marchand ... Georges
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Simon Labrosse
Jacques Villeret ... Jeremie (Chauffeur de Taxi)
Jean-Claude de Goros Jean-Claude de Goros ... Inspecteur Fox
Tex Konig Tex Konig ... Lasky
Raymond Aquilon Raymond Aquilon ... Frankie (Le Gardien)
Georges Carrère Georges Carrère ... Directeur de Banque
Yvan Ponton ... Tremplin
Guy Provost ... Le Maire
Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge ... Enfant au Lapin
Richard Niquette ... Otage (4 Enfants)
Yves Jacques ... Otage 400 S
Sophie Stanke Sophie Stanke ... Infirmiere
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Dressed as a clown, the clever rascal Grimm holds up the most secure bank of Montreal and takes 30 hostages. While confusing and ridiculing the police with his strange behavior, he calmly manages to rid the bank of a fortune. But then an unsatisfied companion arouses trouble... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Comedy | Crime

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France | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 October 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezva finta See more »

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Budget:

CAD8,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby | Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Quick Change (1990) was the last adaptation of a Jay Cronley novel for around fourteen years until the French film Nos amis les flics (2004) which was adapted from his novel "Cheap Shot". The first filmed version of Quick Change (1990)'s source novel "Quick Change" was a French film too, Hold-Up (1985), which starred Jean-Paul Belmondo. See more »

Goofs

The airline operating the flight from Montreal to Paris is first shown as the fictional "TA" airline, as seen on the ticket folders or air sickness bag held by some characters and on the display board above the gate (which shows the flight number as "TA 403"). However, a P.A. announcement repeatedly refers to the same flight as "Air Canada flight 403". The airport scene concludes with the captain's announcement welcoming passengers aboard Air Canada followed by shots of an Air Canada Boeing 747 taking off. See more »

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Music by Serge Franklin
Lyrics by Julius Robinson
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HOLD-UP (Alexandre Arcady, 1985) **1/2
14 February 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is an earlier French film version of Bill Murray's QUICK CHANGE (1988) which was here adapted by distinguished screenwriter Francis Veber (its American appeal extends to the attractive Montreal locations and a title song in English!). Jean-Paul Belmondo, at 52, is pretty wacky as the bank robber-dressed-as-clown. The supporting cast is not very well-known but the main characters (Belmondo's meek partner, his police nemesis and his disgruntled ex-cellmate) are all played with gusto; also featured in the film as the love interest (of sorts) is future Hollywood starlet Kim Cattrall.

Having only read a negative review of it on the "Films De France" website, I found the film to be quite engaging overall with a surprisingly consistent first half; it does peter out eventually but is enlivened again in its latter stages by the appearance of the fat cab driver (Jacques Villeret). Alexandre Arcady is a new name for me but his half-hour interview on the R2 DVD supplements is fairly interesting (albeit if only in French) as he says that Belmondo violently bumped his head while performing one of the film's stunts himself; also worth watching was the featurette seeing celebrated stunt co-ordinator Remy Julienne rehearsing the scene in which Belmondo's car breaks into another bank through the front glass facade.


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