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The Eighth Day ()

Le huitième jour (original title)
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An unusual and wonderful friendship develops between a busy but unhappy salesman and a resident of a mental asylum.

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  • Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations.
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Harry
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Georges
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Julie
Henri Garcin ...
Le directeur de la banque
Isabelle Sadoyan ...
la mère de Georges
Michele Maes ...
Nathalie (as Michèle Maes)
Fabienne Loriaux ...
la soeur de Georges - Fabienne
Alice van Dormael ...
Alice
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Juliette
Marie-Pierre Meinzel ...
La vendeuse du magasin du chaussures
Sabrina Leurquin ...
La serveuse du snack
Laszlo Harmati ...
Luis Mariano
Alain Bougnet
Magali Cote
Jean Désert
Michele Gousset ...
(as Michèle Gousset)
Philippe Minck ...
(as Philippe Hinck)
Dominique Lecat
Fernand Leclercq
Guy De Longree
Nicolas Meeus
Isabelle De Nuyer ...
(as Isabelle de Nayer)
Yvan Pelgrins ...
(as Ivan Pelgrims)
Vincent Rapaillerie
Jacques Stacs ...
(as Jacques Staes)
Axel Steiniger
Vanvlierberghe Christian ...
(as Christian Van Vlierberghe)
Claude Vienne
Kim Chi N'Guyen ...
Le bébé mongol
Stéphane Keyser ...
L'homme 'dentofresh'
Roland De Pauw ...
le cuisinier TV (as Roland Depauw)
Séréna Ruspoli ...
La mariée
Jo De Backer ...
Le marié
Nathalie Ponlot ...
La señorita
Dieudonné Kabongo ...
L'éboueur
Lotfi Yahya Jedidi ...
L'éboueur
Patrick Harcq ...
L'éboueur
André Simon ...
Le clochard
Monique Florin ...
la mère de Nathalie (as Monique Fluzin)
Jean Bollery ...
le père de Nathalie
Jean-Henri Compère ...
L'éducateur
Dominic Gould ...
le collègue de Harry
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Le policier du commissariat
Alexandre von Sivers ...
Le médecin
Jean Luc Preaux ...
Le piéton (as Jean-Luc Piraux)
Christian Hecq ...
Le gérant du magasin de chaussures
Saleem Ebrahim ...
L'hindou (as Ebrahim Salem)
Rémy Julienne ...
Le camionneur
Didier De Neck ...
le beau-frère de Georges
Pierre Godeau ...
le neveu de Georges
Marc Godeau
Eric De Staercke ...
Le serveur du snack (as Erik de Staercke)
Pauline Zerla ...
La fillette au restaurant
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Le père au restaurant
Hélène Roussel ...
la mère de Julie
Laurette Vankeerbergen ...
La nettoyeuse (as Laurette Vankeerberghen)
Tam Vo ...
Le pianiste japonais
Didier Ferney ...
Le 1er vendeur du show-room
Marc Schreiber ...
Le 2ème vendeur du show-room
Yves Degen ...
Le gérant du show-room
Georges Siatidis ...
Le policier du show-room
Raymond Lescot ...
Une grosse légume
Sophie De Kerkhove ...
La fille du dancing
Bernard Eylenbosch ...
Le garçon du dancing
Yasmine Van Hevel ...
La fille du slow
Gerard Hernandez ...
(voice) (as Gérard Hernandez)
Patricia Houyoux ...
(voice)
Jacqueline Ghaye ...
(voice)
Michael Kuhn ...
Big cheese
José Covo ...
French cheese
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Freddy Bournane ...
Un éboueur (uncredited)
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English Teacher (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Jaco Van Dormael

Written by

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Jaco Van Dormael ... ()

Produced by

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Philippe Godeau ... producer
Dominique Josset ... executive producer
Eric Rommeluere ... executive producer (as Eric Rommeluère)

Music by

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Pierre van Dormael

Cinematography by

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Walther van den Ende ... (as Walther Vanden Ende)

Film Editing by

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Susana Rossberg

Editorial Department

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Sandrine Deegen ... assistant editor
Patrick Delamotte ... color grader
Frédérique Delmeiren ... assistant editor
Anne Frey ... assistant editor
Julie Ghesquiere ... assistant editor (as Julie Ghesquière)
Maria Holland ... negative cutter
Dominique Loreau ... videotape editor
Aurore Moutier ... assistant editor
Roger Vervoenen ... color grader

Production Design by

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Hubert Pouille

Set Decoration by

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André Fonsny

Costume Design by

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Tess Hammami
Anne van Nyen ... (as Anne Van Nyen)
Yan Tax ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Mabi Anzalone ... makeup artist
Caroline Case ... assistant makeup artist
Cédric Gérard ... makeup artist
Kaatje Van Damme ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Baudoin Capet ... unit production manager
Bernard De Dessus les Moustier ... unit production manager
Michèle Tronçon ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Renaud Alcalde ... first assistant director
Marcus Himbert ... third assistant director
Manu Kamanda ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Gert Beyns ... props
Stephan Busschots ... carpenter (as Stéphan Busschots)
Guy Cantraine ... property master
Erick Caussin ... carpenter
Céline De Streel ... set designer
Diane Delafontaine ... painter
Marie Eynard ... storyboard artist
André Fonsny ... set dresser
Anouk Francis ... set designer
Claire Pierlot ... painter
Yvette Proszwimmer ... head painter
Stephan Rubens ... construction manager (as Stéphane Rubbens)
Bruno Ruwet ... carpenter
Didier Smidts ... carpenter
Gilbert Stoffyn ... assistant art director
Laurent Stoffyn ... carpenter
Bart van Lint ... carpenter
Eric Verheyden ... buyer
Ludo Volders ... assistant art director
Charlie Cantraine ... assistant set dresser (uncredited)
Patrick Dechesne ... art department (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Philippe Baudhuin ... sound engineer
Philippe Bourgueil ... sound editor
Sandrine Deegen ... assistant sound editor
Djoum ... music mixer
François Groult ... sound
Dimitri Haulet ... sound trainee
Michèle Hubinon ... re-recording mixer
Daniel Léon ... musical sound engineer
Jo Masset ... post-synchronisation
Ndiaga N'Dour ... musical sound engineer
Jörn Poetzl ... foley artist (as Joern Poetzl)
Olivier Struye ... boom operator
Bruno Tarrière ... sound
Dominique Warnier ... sound

Special Effects by

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Olivier de Laveleye ... pyrotechnician / special effects supervisor
Marc Jouveneau ... special effects
Jean-François Pierlot ... pyrotechnician
Pierre Wuidart ... special effects assistant

Visual Effects by

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David Aïm ... motion control assistant
Pierre Biecher ... digital artist
Pascal Charpentier ... visual effects supervisor
Olivier Cotte ... digital effects artist
Christian Foucher ... digital effects artist
Christian Guillon ... visual effects producer
Fred Place ... digital compositor
Paul Swendsen ... visual effects matte painter

Stunts

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Dominique Julienne ... stunts
Rémy Julienne ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jean-Francois Baudelet ... Flying Cam cameraman (as Jean-François Baudelet)
Jacques Borguet ... steadicam operator
Yves Cape ... first assistant operator
Dany Cleyet-Marrel ... hot air balloon operator
Jean-Michel David ... steadicam operator
Marc Detiffe ... still photographer
Jérôme Di Cola ... video operator (as Jerôme Dicola)
Olivier Dirksen ... additional electrician
Luc Drion ... camera operator
Jean-François Garreau ... grip
Chris Hacken ... gaffer
Elin Kirschfink ... electrician trainee
Dries Leerschool ... grip
Guy Maezelle ... video operator
Tom Oversteijns ... grip (as Tom Oversteyns)
Alain Peeters ... rigging grip
Vincent Piette ... electrician
Wim Robberechts ... operator: helicopter (as Wim Robbrechts)
Jean Claude Rémy ... Flying Cam pilot (as Jean-Claude Rémy)
Pierre Stenuit ... electrician: second unit (as Pierre Steenuit)
Benoît Theunissen ... grip (as Benoit Theunissen)
Ella Van den Hove ... first assistant operator
Dirk Van Rampelbergh ... electrician (as Dirk Van Rampelberg)
Yves Vandermeeren ... second camera operator
Didier Versolatto ... additional electrician
Bruno Verstraete ... electrician: second unit (as Bruno Verstraeten)
Zoë Vinck ... electrician trainee
Zoé Vink ... electrician
Philippe Cointepas ... focus puller (uncredited)
Johanne Debas ... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Dominique Delguste ... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Pierre Dermience ... electrician (uncredited)
Didier Schokkaert ... camera trainee (uncredited)
Marie Spencer ... second assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Gerda Diddens ... casting
Patrick Hella ... casting
Chantal Marchal ... casting
Brigitte Moidon ... casting
Justine Pellerin ... casting
Geneviève Robillard ... casting
Laurette Vankeerberghen ... casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tess Hammami ... costumer
Natasha Francotte ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Karim Bey ... location manager trainee
Laurence Bregentzer ... location scout
Bernard De Dessus les Moustier ... location manager
Albine De Wasseige ... location manager trainee
Isabelle Hespel ... location scout
Arne Labeeuw ... location manager trainee
Marianne Lambert ... assistant location manager
Valère Le Dourner ... assistant location manager
Dimitri Linder ... location scout
Barbara Motte ... location scout
Marie-Françoise Plissart ... location scout
Mireille van Keerberghen ... assistant location manager (as Mireille Vankeerberghen)
Françoise Vercheval ... location scout

Transportation Department

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Laurent Duhaut ... driver
Pierre-Yves Le Cunff ... driver
Augustin Viatte ... driver

Other crew

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Rita Boey ... english coach
Daniel Bouloux ... assistant to Daniel Auteuil
Danilo Catti ... pre-production assistant
Didier De Neck ... script doctor
Marie Dumora ... documentation
Sophie Dupont ... speech therapist
Virginie Ferrant ... production secretary
Béatrice Hureau ... production secretary
Joëlle Keyser ... script supervisor
Daniel Lipnik ... coach: 'Luis Mariano'
Béatrice Margenat ... dance coach
Anne Serrié ... production administrator
Bernard Vander Donckt ... production adminstrator
Laurette Vankeerberghen ... dialogue coach: Georges / script doctor
Bernard Vander Donckt ... production accountant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Georges has Down's syndrome, living at a mental-institution. Harry is a busy businessman, giving lectures for young aspiring salesmen. He is successful in his business life, but his social life is a disaster since his wife left him and took their two children with her. This weekend his children came by train to meet him, but Harry, working as always, forgot to pick them up. Neither his wife nor his children want to see him again and he is driving around on the country roads, anguished and angry. He almost runs over Georges, on the run from the institution since everybody else went home with their parents except him, whose mother is dead. Harry tries to get rid of Georges but he won't leave his new friend. Eventually a special friendship forms between the two of them, a friendship which makes Harry a different person. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Also Known As
  • The Eighth Day (United States)
  • The Eighth Day (World-wide, English title)
  • Am achten Tag (Germany)
  • El octavo día (Spain)
  • A opta zi (Romania)
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  • 118 min
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Budget FRF25,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Both Pascal Duquenne and Daniel Auteuil tied for the Best Actor Award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival for their roles in this film. This was the first time such an event had happened. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Devil's Own/Cats Don't Dance/B*A*P*S/The Sixth Man/The Eighth Day/The Substance of Fire (1997). See more »
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Quotes Harry: [fed up with Georges] Get out! Go find some other sucker to help you out!
[leaves Georges in the rain. He eventually comes back]
Harry: Put this on, you'll get soaked and chill.
[puts his coat on Georges]
Georges: [overjoyed] You like me!
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