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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

They Weren't Born Yesterday! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Top selling movie in France in 1993. 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

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 Love at Second Sight (2019) 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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Funniest 'Foreign' Movie I've Seen
2 February 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I admit I haven't seen more than probably 40 or 50 "foreign" films, but of those, this is still the funniest one I have watched. The major problem I had with it was that the dialog (and the humorous lines) came so fast I barely had time to read the subtitles. It gets a little tiring after awhile trying to keep up with the reading and viewing at the same time, at that pace.

As with all comedies, you get smart and stupid scenes. You get more stupid when you have more slapstick, but you also have more laugh-out-loud moments. Such is the case here, as Jean Reno and Christian Clavier portray clownish 11th-century men who suddenly find themselves in modern-day France. Time-travel films almost always are fascinating, whether it's sci-fi or comedy.

Most of the jokes center around the guys trying to figure out today's modern conveniences, such as toilets, and the problems they have trying to figure them out. Also, there are big problems with the men's relatives, who are trying to figure out who these strange-acting guys are all about!

As for family viewing: not suitable. There is no sex and no nudity, but there is rough language which is why it's rated "R."


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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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