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The Black Flag Waves Over the Scow (1971)

Le drapeau noir flotte sur la marmite (original title)
Old man Victor, is a bore of a grocer who always tells sailing tales of the seven seas. None believes him, but his nephew wins a model boat building contest and gets to make the model into ... See full summary »


Michel Audiard


Michel Audiard (dialogue), René Fallet (adaptation) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Victor Ploubaz
Ginette Leclerc ... Marie-Ange Ploubaz
Eric Damain Eric Damain ... Pierre Simonet
Jacques Marin ... Antoine Simonet
Micheline Luccioni ... Paulette Simonet
Claude Piéplu ... Alexandre Volabruque
André Pousse ... Balloche
Jean Carmet ... Staline
Roger Lumont Roger Lumont ... Calibeux
Ginette Garcin ... Séverine
Jacques Hilling Jacques Hilling ... Fernand
Raymond Meunier Raymond Meunier ... Tartinville
Jacqueline Doyen Jacqueline Doyen ... Léontine Coulibeaux
Gilberte Géniat Gilberte Géniat ... Mme Volabruque
Yves Barsacq Yves Barsacq ... Ravasson, l'instituteur


Old man Victor, is a bore of a grocer who always tells sailing tales of the seven seas. None believes him, but his nephew wins a model boat building contest and gets to make the model into an actual boat. This is where Uncle Victor comes in, as a supervisor for the construction, and when the funds for the boat fall through, he even chips in to finish the build. Having been constructed in the backyard, however, makes it tough to get to the Seine River. The whole family has to chip in as one thing after another goes awry. What will become of the troublesome boat, and will Victor ever return to the grocery? Written by Samb Hicks

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13 October 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Czarna flaga powiewa nad Rondlem See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Jean Gabin plays here a character very close to the one he had in Un Singe En Hiver. See more »


Music by Richard Wagner (uncredited)
Pathe Marconi recording
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The old man and the boy
19 November 2015 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

That's a real rare gem which I talk about, although it's a Michel Audiard's film starring Jean Gabin. Never released in VHS or DVD, never. I don't believe it. Maybe a copyright issue, unexplained and so complicated too. Anyway, it is available on You Tube for those among you who could be interested. It's a typical French and especially Audiard story here. The tale of a man - Jacques Marin, a word that in french means sailor !!! - who dreams to sail over the seven seas aboard a ship, and not a cruiser, nor a cargo. And because he knows nothing about this, he asks his uncle, played by Gabin, to help him achieving his dream. And in this story you also have a young kid who dreams of adventure and long journeys aboard ships. And the kid meets Gabin who impersonates an old adventurer, a very experienced sailor. Whom he is absolutely not. This kid who makes the old man his god, the old man who is nothing at all, who has never been what he pretends to be for the kid. And those sequences between the young kid with his dreams and the old man lost in his unachieved ones, are so poignant, moving. A film that makes you feel great emotions. Gabin is here at his peak. No one else but him could have played this character. No one. Such a shame this had never been released in DVD. Only aired, thirty years ago.

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