7.1/10
32,405
86 user 17 critic

The Visitors (1993)

Les visiteurs (original title)
Trailer
1:47 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Jean-Marie Poiré
Reviews
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Mel Brooks was hired to write and record English-language dialogue for the U.S. release. But the version did not test well with audiences, and co-writer/director Jean-Marie Poiré hated it, saying Brooks had turned it from a comedy about a French knight into a parody with French accents so thick it was almost impossible to understand. So Miramax held up U.S. release until the summer of 1996, with standard subtitles. Brooks was paid $500,000 for his efforts, however. See more »

Goofs

When Godefroy arrives at Béatrice's, he complains that "there's no longer any hectare of forest". Hectare is a surface area unit that was invented during the French Revolution. See more »

Quotes

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

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 Fresh Bait (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonie Ecossaise
(Extraits)
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (as Félix Mendelsshon)
Performed by The Czech Symphony Orchestra
See more »

User Reviews

Immensely Enjoyable
17 June 2004 | by jordaanSee all my reviews

Looking at some of the other comments, not everyone is in agreement here, but I have really liked "Les Visiteurs". The original is so good, its a pity they had to spoil with the Americanized version - 'Just Visiting' - which is at best an insult on the intelligence of the American viewing public.

For us that do not understand French, they have done a tremendous job with the English subtitles (translating a kind of 'medieval' French into a comparable type of old English – modern swearwords included). In fact, the job is so well done, that we had a lot of laughs just by comparing the film's verbal antics to the translation. Even though I do not speak French myself, it is quite clear that a lot of effort had gone into this. Sometimes the conversations are fast and furious, so it's worthwhile to see the movie a second time. Even on the second pass, there was a lot to laugh at.

This is meant to be slapstick and the story is a total farce, so it's hard to see why some viewers apparently expected more. I thought it was well done, and very well executed. Even though this whole thing is intended as a joke, the reactions of the medieval guys are quite believable.

The movie is a blast!


68 of 71 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 86 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | German | English

Release Date:

12 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Visitors See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

FRF50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,792, 14 July 1996

Gross USA:

$659,810

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$659,810
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed