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The Visitors (1993)

Les visiteurs (original title)
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A medieval knight and his servant ask 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 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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They Weren't Born Yesterday! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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 dinner plates that Jacquouille drops and smash on the floor totally shatter yet a complete plate is kicked by Jean-Pierre as he walks through the smashed plates. See more »

Quotes

Jacquouille la Fripouille: Don't drink it
[the potion]
Jacquouille la Fripouille: , Sire! You might turn into a frog, a bat, a goat, or a nun's arse!
Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail: You're right. Drink first!
Jacquouille la Fripouille: Me?
Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail: Let's see if you turn into a nun's arse. If you do, I'll seek revenge.
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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 Presque adultes: Le + 1 de sa vie (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto pour violon et orchestre en Mi mineur
(Extraits)
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn (as Félix Mendelsshon)
Performed by The Czech Symphony Orchestra
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Brilliant, funny movie, if you speak/understand french well, a medium slapstick comedy if you read subtitles
4 June 2003 | by perfectisolationSee all my reviews

I just finished watching the movie, and it was hilarious. I was laughing outloud at many many points. However, as my title indicated, it was the original french track that made me laugh. As is always the case for biliguals, one cant help but listen to the track and read the subtitles at the same time. Unfortunately, the subtitles do not do justice to the movie.

There are just too many semantic jokes that play off names and locations that could not be translated and make sense. That is why in so many reviews there seems to be a sharp contrast in views of whether or not this was a joke-a-minute movie.

The hollywood remake is awful, in fact,it never really made any sense and and the jokes were far and few in between. This one makes much more sense, and the meeting of people and their descendants makes for many more laughs.

The other factor is the acting and casting. This is just the nature of subtitled movies - one very rarely gets the fantastic acting and language ability of actors when reading the watcher is reading a yellow line, especially in comedy. Those who listen to the movie in its original french thikn the acting was fantastic, the voice casting (something i think is terribly important in acting [say, could Ashton Kutcher play Maximus from Gladiator, no, a high pitched voice could not do it]) is brilliant, but reading a crummy translation (and it was crummy) wont do the film justice.

8/10 for francophiles 6/10 for subtitle readers


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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:

FRF50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,792, 14 July 1996

Gross USA:

$659,810

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$659,810
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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