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King of the Airways (1994)

Louis 19, le roi des ondes (original title)
Louis has always had a dream, to be on television. But when he enters a contest and wins, the first prize involves a cameraman following him everywhere for three months. The only problem is... See full summary »

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Michel Poulette
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Drainville ... Louis Jobin
Zhenhu Han Zhenhu Han ... Sam Ying (as Zenhu Han)
Chantal Fontaine ... Reporter
Gilbert Lachance ... Remi
Jean L'Italien ... Roger
Dominique Michel ... Aline Jobin
Alexandra Boulianne Alexandra Boulianne ... Chanteuse de la chorale
Mireille Thibault ... Chanteuse de la chorale
Sylvie Bouchard Sylvie Bouchard ... Chanteuse de la chorale
Yves Jacques ... Michel Gobeil
Patricia Tulasne Patricia Tulasne ... Charlotte Dubreuil
Marcela Seguel Marcela Seguel ... Marie-Laurence Despins
Stephanie Laplante Stephanie Laplante ... Scripte t.v
Pierre Paquin Pierre Paquin ... Realisateur t.v
Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge ... Technicien a la regie
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Louis has always had a dream, to be on television. But when he enters a contest and wins, the first prize involves a cameraman following him everywhere for three months. The only problem is that Louis has a boring life, so the TV executives decide to put some excitement in it. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Comedy | Romance

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Connections

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New York, New York
Written by John Kander & Fred Ebb
Performed by Dominique Michel
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First to emerge, even before Truman or Ed
23 May 2003 | by vanilleSee all my reviews

Of course some movies and show have taken the idea (whole or part of it). Still the innovative idea of the reality show belongs to Louis 19. It's the story of an invisible man : he is nobody at his job, in the bus, for the kids. Even his mother keeps peeking on him. But one day he enters this contest and wins, making a show of his so-called life. He is followed everywhere, at every moment for good or not.

This movie shows us a side of the media industry to which we are not accustomed to think about. How do celebrities deal with the fact that there will always be someone to watch you, even in the most private moments of your life? It's a great movie that showed me that Québec cinema match the American in some instance. But don't be fooled. It's not "another movie about reality show". It's the first movie about it. ;)


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il divo della porta accanto See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD3,100,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Color
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