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Le vélo de Ghislain Lambert (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 24 October 2001 (Belgium)
In the 70s, there was Merckx and there were the others. Ghislain Lambert was one of the others. This is his story, a quite simple one. The story of a modest Belgian bike racer. His greatest ambition in life? To become a champion. His greatest tragedy? Not having the legs his heart deserves.

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Philippe Harel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Poelvoorde ... Ghislain Lambert
José Garcia ... Claude Lambert
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Maurice Focodel
Sacha Bourdo ... Denis
Emmanuel Quatra Emmanuel Quatra ... Riccardo Fortuna
Jean-Baptiste Iera Jean-Baptiste Iera ... Fabrice Bouillon
Christelle Cornil Christelle Cornil ... Babette
Fernand Guiot Fernand Guiot ... M. de Kimpe
Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert ... Mme Lambert (as Jacqueline Pappaert)
Guy Van Riet Guy Van Riet ... Carlos
Isabelle Giami Isabelle Giami ... Monique
Koen De Koker Koen De Koker ... Freddy
Nicole Valberg Nicole Valberg ... Mme Vandenbroek
Michel de Warzee Michel de Warzee ... M. Vandenbroek
Jean-Pierre Gos ... Docteur Mabuse
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Storyline

In the 70s, there was Merckx and there were the others. Ghislain Lambert was one of the others. This is his story, a quite simple one. The story of a modest Belgian bike racer. His greatest ambition in life? To become a champion. His greatest tragedy? Not having the legs his heart deserves. Written by Aline

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Official Sites:

Bac Films [France] (French)

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

24 October 2001 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Biciklista See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 77,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,582,489 (France), 2 November 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

The Distracted (Le Distrait) est shown in the cinema, it was released in 1970/1971 but the newsreel speaks about a visit in the Congo by the King under the Belgian administration which ended in 1960... See more »

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Philippe Harel directs a film about a loser who emerges as a true hero !!!!
14 July 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Ghislain Lambert's Bicycle is not a simple film about cycling.It is a film about one of the life's little heroes who does not give up.Although there are numerous references to lives of cyclists and races,there is no documentary footage in the film.Director Philippe Harel has presented his film as a work of fiction with numerous intelligent episodes involving Ghislain,his brother,his friends and his wife.If the current generation is aware of cycling and its exploits then it might be due to the popularity of American cyclist Lance Armstrong.He brought so much glory to the sport.However,it was a different story in seventies.It was a time when Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx was the true king of cycling.This was also the time when our eponymous hero Ghislain Lambert started to pedal.However,he was not able to achieve fame and glory as achieved by Eddy.This did not deter him to marry the girl of his choice and have children.Lastly, if a viewer is looking for a nice film about sports,one need not travel far as 'Le vélo de Ghislain Lambert' is a perfect choice which fluctuates between comedy and drama.


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