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The Fugitives (1986)

Les fugitifs (original title)
Jean is taken hostage at a bank by a foolish bank robber. As Jean left prison an hour earlier, the police assume he's the robber. Everything goes comically wrong. The robber's little daughter joins the fugitives.

Director:

Francis Veber

Writer:

Francis Veber
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Richard ... François Pignon
Gérard Depardieu ... Jean Lucas
Jean Carmet ... Martin
Maurice Barrier ... Superintendant Duroc
Jean Benguigui ... Labib
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... Idriss
Anaïs Bret Anaïs Bret ... Jeanne
Philippe Lelièvre ... Adjoint de Duroc
Yveline Ailhaud Yveline Ailhaud ... Femme-flic
Didier Pain Didier Pain ... Maître-chien
Marc Adjadj Marc Adjadj
Alain Algara Alain Algara
Eric Averlant Eric Averlant
Jean-Pierre Becker Jean-Pierre Becker
Pierre Belot Pierre Belot
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Storyline

Coming out from jail, Lucas has decided to change his life and behave like a good citizen. But when he is taken hostage in a bank by a hare-brained robber, no cops can believe he is not part of this action. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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The oddest "odd couple" from "Les Comperes" are back in a gag-filled comic masterpiece of role reversal and farcical misadventure.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 December 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fugitives See more »

Filming Locations:

Bordeaux, Gironde, France

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Francis Veber: [François Pignon] features a likeable idiot called François Pignon. See more »

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Featured in Francis Veber artisan du rire: La saga Pignon (2001) See more »

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I Know It's A Lie
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Classic Comedy
3 June 2001 | by Slick-50See all my reviews

Pierre Richard and Gerard Depardieu reteam to star in this dynamite comedy about an ex-con (Depardieu) who has just been released from the slammer when he is taken hostage by bumbling robber (Richard) during a moronic bank heist which the robber hopes will help find a cure for his daughter who hasn't spoken since her mother died, three years ago. When the plug is pulled on Richard's bank heist, the police are summoned and Depardieu, out of the many hostages in the bank at the time, is selected to be the robber's ticket out without a shot being fired, but then, of course, the cops think Depardieu is pulling the heist and the two become fugitives. There is only one way out of this fine mess: cross the border, which is exactly what they do in what is potentially the funniest scene in film history. The two men pose as husband and wife (Richard wears a wig, of course), and his daughter's hair is cut and she poses as the son, but crossing the border isn't as easy as it was originally made out to be. Richard's daughter thinks she is going to vomit and Richard shows her how, by sticking his head out the window, thus losing the wig, which is flattened by a passing truck. Everything is back to normal after having retrieved the wig, but Richard is then mistaken for a pregnant woman and is rushed to hospital by roadblocking police. All fits in nicely in what is a modern comic gem.


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