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Le bossu (1997)

TV-14 | | Drama, Adventure | 20 March 1998 (USA)
The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates. The Count has kept secret the existence of the Duke's ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lagardère / Le bossu
... Gonzague
... Duc de Nevers
... Aurore
Yann Collette ... Peyrolles
Jean-François Stévenin ... Cocardasse
Didier Pain ... Passepoil
Charlie Nelson ... Esope
Claire Nebout ... Blanche
... Philippe d'Orléans
Jacques Sereys ... Caylus (as Jacques Sereys Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
... Paolo
Ludovica Tinghi ... Ornella
James Thierrée ... Marcello (as James Thiérrée)
... Giuseppe
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The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates. The Count has kept secret the existence of the Duke's bastard, recently born. When the Duke learns of his child, he journeys to wed the mother, a baron's daughter, in her father's isolated chateau. The occupants of the castle are surprised and murdered by the Count and his men. The only ones to escape are the Duke's friend, the skilled swordsman Lagardère, and the infant, a girl, now the rightful heiress to the Duke's vast fortune. The Count believes the pair to have drowned, when in fact they have been concealed by a travelling troupe of Italian players. Twenty years pass. The Count has discovered that the two survive and seeks to have them slain. But Lagardère gains the confidence of the Count, and employment as his bookkeeper, through his clever disguise as a hunch-back... Written by David Carless

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Si tu ne viens pas à Lagardère, Lagardère ira à toi!

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Also Known As:

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,158, 22 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$96,750, 9 February 2003
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When the Duc dubs Lagardère, the sword he draws and uses is a fencing foil, complete with guarded tip, rather than the rapier he uses in a later scene. See more »

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Fabulous, gripping and well-acted
21 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

This was buried away on channel 4 at 2.00 a.m. one morning and I taped it out of passing interest, only to be mesmerised when I watched it a few days later. So much so that I had to watch it all the way through without even a break for a cup of tea. It's easy to say, in hindsight, that the storyline is predictable, but I didn't find that at the time and, believe me, you can't see the twists coming when you watch it. In fact the film builds great moments of tension.

The sword fight scenes, which I would normally fast forward, were really intense and believable. This is good old fashioned story telling with glorious scenery and the requisite number of nail biting moments.


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