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The Visitors (1993)

Les visiteurs (original title)
A medieval knight and his servant are asking a familiar wizard to move them back in time to prevent father-in-law's accidentally killing. Instead, they fly away to the 20th century.

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Jean-Marie Poiré
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Clavier ... Jacquouille la Fripouille / Jacquard
Jean Reno ... Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail
Valérie Lemercier ... Frénégonde de Pouille / Béatrice de Montmirail
Marie-Anne Chazel ... Ginette la clocharde
Christian Bujeau ... Jean-Pierre
Isabelle Nanty ... Fabienne Morlot
Gérard Séty Gérard Séty ... Edgar Bernay
Didier Pain Didier Pain ... Louis VI le Gros
Jean-Paul Muel Jean-Paul Muel ... Marechal des Logis Gibon
Arielle Sémenoff ... Jacqueline (as Ariel Séménoff)
Michel Peyrelon Michel Peyrelon ... Edouard Bernay
Pierre Vial Pierre Vial ... Wizard Eusebius / Monsieur Ferdinand
François Lalande François Lalande ... Priest
Didier Bénureau Didier Bénureau ... Intern Beauvin
Frédéric Baptiste Frédéric Baptiste ... Freddy
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Storyline

A medieval nobleman and his squire are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. He enlists the aid of his descendent to try to find a way to return home, all the while trying to cope with the cultural and technological changes distinguishing his time from ours. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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When an 11th century knight and his loyal servant try to go back in time, only one thing will stand in their way. The 20th century. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | German | English

Release Date:

12 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Besucher See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$700,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,800,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name "Jacquouille la Fripouille" translates roughly as "Jack the Knave" or "Jacques the Scoundrel" but the original French contains a pun which is very audible to French-speaking listeners, as the first name is pronounced as "Jacques Couille", "couille" being the French slang word equivalent to the English "balls" (for "testicles"). See more »

Goofs

The horse Godefroy is riding which they found in the pasture after arriving in the future has no saddle, yet in several shots of him riding the horse a saddle is clearly visible. No saddle is visible once Godefroy jumps off the horse in the church. See more »

Quotes

Intern Beauvin: Your patient is very dangerous - he nearly tore my scrotum apart.
Jacquouille la Fripouille: Limp scrotum! Limp scrotum!
[laughs]
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Crazy Credits

After the final credits role, stick around for a "Hello to all you credits-lovers!" accompanied by a waving medieval knight. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Love at Second Sight (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonie Ecossaise
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Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Félix Mendelsshon)
Performed by The Czech Symphony Orchestra
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My favorite movie!
16 May 2003 | by fijochaSee all my reviews

When I saw the low rating on this movie, I knew I had to submit a vote because, in my opinion, it make discourage many others from watching one of the funniest movies ever. The plot is very original, a knight and his servant, who were supposed to return in the past only several hours to correct a fatal error in judgment, mistakenly get zapped to modern times. Imagine medieval eyes seeing asphalt and a horse less steel chariot (a car of course) rolling towards them. The men, used to witches and sorcerers, believe it is some sort of devil machine. When the car stops, they promptly attack it. A black man exits and the medievals yell: "A Saracen, a Saracen!". I saw this movie in its original language: French. If you can understand French, I very strongly recommend it. This is slapstick at its best. You will want to buy the movie and watch it over and over because you will always discover something else you missed. It is a jewel!


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