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Les anges gardiens (1995)

Gerard Depardieu plays a sleazy Paris nightclub owner and ex-detective who flies to Hong Kong to rescue the young son of a friend murdered by the Chinese mob. He leaves the boy in the hands... See full summary »

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Jean-Marie Poiré
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Antoine Carco / Son ange gardien
Christian Clavier ... Père Hervé Tarain / Son ange gardien
Eva Grimaldi ... Regina Podium
Yves Rénier ... Yvon Radmilo dit « la pince »
Alexandre Eskimo Alexandre Eskimo ... Bao
Laurent Gendron Laurent Gendron ... Lucky
Eva Herzigova ... Tchouk Tchouk Nougat (as Eva Hertzigova)
Jean Champion Jean Champion ... Grand-père du Père Tarain
Anna Gaylor Anna Gaylor ... Mère du Père Hervé Tarain
Nathalie Sejean Nathalie Sejean ... Maryse
Jennifer Herrera Jennifer Herrera ... Luna
Dominique Marcas Dominique Marcas ... Mère Angelina
Ysé Tran Ysé Tran ... Lily Wang
Stéphanie Jaubert Stéphanie Jaubert ... Yasmina
William Miale William Miale ... Johnny
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Storyline

Gerard Depardieu plays a sleazy Paris nightclub owner and ex-detective who flies to Hong Kong to rescue the young son of a friend murdered by the Chinese mob. He leaves the boy in the hands of an earnest priest (Christian Clavier), who escorts him back to Paris. Soon Clavier and Depardieu are fighting it out, each shadowed by his good or evil guardian angel. Written by A Verdade

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Cantonese | Italian

Release Date:

11 October 1995 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Anjos da Guarda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€16,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

The Hong Kong-Paris flight is said to land in Paris at 5:30AM local time. It takes-off during daylight, but with an approximate flight time of 13 1/2 hours and the time zone difference, the plane should have left Hong Kong at around 10:00PM local time (when it would have been dark). See more »

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Alternate Versions

German theatrical versions omitted a few shorter scenes of graphic violence to get a "Not under 12 years" rating. The VHS based on that version also misses these scenes, which include:
  • Yvon, father of Bao, gets hit by the knife thrown by the member of the triads; Bao screaming; another short scene where the knife in Yvon's back is shown.
  • The traitor who sold the passports to Yvon & Bao gets his neck broken by the triads hit man.
  • The Chinese friend of Yvon is shot by the triads hit man after being thrown through the front window of the car at the harbor.
  • The director of the bank of shanghai is strangled by the triads hit man in front of smiling Mr. Mo.
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Soundtracks

Strangers In The Night
Performed by Sharon
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Can't stop laughing
6 June 2004 | by rnapier-1See all my reviews

This film cam back into my hands recently as a brand new film in the budget range on a certain on line store. I took the opportunity to view it for the first time in 2 or more years.

The premise of this film (good and bad consciences coming down to earth to chastise their respective owners) via a ridiculous Hong Kong subplot, with Triads by the carload, is only really an excuse (a very good one) to exercise the talents of Christian Clavier and Gerard Depardieu. This film is most definitely one to watch in French only, I checked out the dubbed version and it is without any merit, almost as bad as the dub for Le Diner de Cons but that is another story.

Clavier is at full strength as the irritating Father Tarain ("a-i-n like Pain") and he brings his facial expressions and slightly precious voice to the character. The sequences in the ecumenical archives, in the plane and in the Chinese restaurant just make me cry with laughter. Depardieu is satisfyingly "un-Gérard-like" in this film, he seems content to have a good time and frankly this pays off in spades.

The action sequences are suitably hammy, the girls are suitable stunning (any film that packs in the entire Crazy Horse troupe, Eva Grimaldi, Eva Herzegovina and a dozen other gorgeous girls in various states of undress has obviously got a good grip on things!) and the whole package rolls along nicely. Well worth a viewing on a lazy Sunday afternoon, if only to hear "Bonjour Georges" and "Je vous présente le Père Pain" one more time. Undemanding fun, 8 out of 10.


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