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Fanfan (2003)

Fanfan la Tulipe (original title)
In this 2003 remake of the classic 1952 French film, Fanfan la Tulipe is a swashbuckling lover who is tricked into joining the army of King Louis XV by Adeline La Franchise, who tells Fanfan that by doing so, he will eventually marry one of the king's daughters.


Gérard Krawczyk
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Perez ... Fanfan la Tulipe
Penélope Cruz ... Adeline La Franchise
Didier Bourdon ... Louis XV
Hélène de Fougerolles ... Mme de Pompadour
Michel Muller ... Tranche Montagne
Philippe Dormoy Philippe Dormoy ... Fier-à-bras
Jacques Frantz ... La Franchise
Gérald Laroche Gérald Laroche ... Corsini
Guillaume Gallienne ... La Houlette
Gilles Arbona Gilles Arbona ... Le maréchal
Jean-Pol Dubois Jean-Pol Dubois ... L'aumônier
Yves Pignot Yves Pignot ... Guillaume
Jean-François Lapalus Jean-François Lapalus ... L'oncle de Lison
François Chattot François Chattot ... Le curé
Jacques Dynam ... Chaville
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In this 2003 remake of the classic 1952 French film, Fanfan la Tulipe is a swashbuckling lover who is tricked into joining the army of King Louis XV by Adeline La Franchise, who tells Fanfan that by doing so, he will eventually marry one of the king's daughters. Written by Adam Blinkinsop

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An evaded young with a promised career and deep dreams joins Louis XV army and after many heroics, it all comes true
5 August 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Set during Seven years war , an European war between France : king Louis XV and Austria : Maria Teresa and intervention of various countries as England and Prussia . A peasant and swordsman called Fanfan: Vincent Perez escapes un unwanted marriage by joining the army of Louis XV,Regiment D'Aquitaine . Later on , he meets Adelina who is a fortune teller who speaks him about his important future . After being promised by Adelina Franchise , Penelope Cruz , she promised him a glorious career in the French army , an illustrious future and a royal marriage to king's daughter . And Fanfan attempts to make the promised faith of his true . As Fanfan refuses to forget his dream and decides to fullfill his destiny of the fake prediction.

This stirring flick packs thrills , emotion , fencing , swashbuckling with bounds , leaps and jumping through windows . An amusing and funny satire of swashbucklers and historical love story movies, including a light criticism of the aristocracy , war , the mighty and the military . The picture relies heavily on the continuous pursuists , chases , swordplay and excessive and non much-sense fast-movement . It contains an evocative and appropriate musical score by Alexandre Azaria as well as a colorful cinematograhy by Gerard Simon .Lavishly produced by the prestigious Luc Besson and his production company called Eurocorp .The motion picture was professional but regularly directed by Gerard Krawczyk .He is an artisan who has made a few and usually successful films such as Taxi 2, 3, 4 , Wasabi , The red inn, Heroines and I hate actors .

This one results to be a remake of the classic French 1955 film and made in its particular style, including fantastic adventures , adequate 18th setting with impressive castles and breathtaking battles , adding a cast of thousands of extras . Handsome and good-looking Vincent Perez delivers a likeable performance as the brave swordsman who becomes involved into twisted intrigues located both , military headquaters and royal court . Penelope Cruz gives a sympathetic interpretation as Adeline Franchise who tells Fanfan's fate , as she predicted he will get fame , fortune and glory ; as he will eventually marry one of the king's daughters .Support cast is pretty well such as : Didier Bourdon , Michael Muller and Helene Fougerolles as Madame Pompadour ,Louis XV's lover .

Other fims based on this story with writings from Rene Fallet and Rene Weeler are the followings : Silent vintage movie 1925 by Rene Lerance ; and the classic 1955 by Christian Jaque by Gerard Philipe, Genenieve Page and Gina Lollobrigida

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Release Date:

14 May 2003 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Monpazier, Dordogne, France See more »


Box Office


EUR21,740,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,686, 10 August 2003

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DTS | Dolby Digital


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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