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Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)

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An adventure set in the early part of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions.

Director:

Luc Besson

Writers:

Luc Besson (screenplay), Jacques Tardi (comic books)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louise Bourgoin ... Adèle Blanc-Sec
Mathieu Amalric ... Dieuleveult
Gilles Lellouche ... Inspecteur Albert Caponi
Jean-Paul Rouve ... Justin de Saint-Hubert
Jacky Nercessian ... Marie-Joseph Espérandieu
Philippe Nahon ... Le professeur Ménard
Nicolas Giraud ... Andrej Zborowski
Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre ... Agathe Blanc-Sec (as Laure de Clermont)
Gérard Chaillou Gérard Chaillou ... Président Armand Fallières
Serge Bagdassarian ... Ferdinand Choupard
Claire Pérot ... Nini les Gambettes
François Chattot François Chattot ... Raymond Pointrenaud
Stanislas de la Tousche Stanislas de la Tousche ... Le chauffeur Pointrenaud
Youssef Hajdi ... Aziz
Mohamed Aroussi Mohamed Aroussi ... Traître égyptien
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Storyline

Desperate to cure her near catatonic sister, intrepid authoress Adèle Blanc-Sec braves ancient Egyptian tombs and modern Egyptian lowlife to locate a mummified doctor and get him back to Paris. Her hope is that oddball Professor Espérandieu will then use his unusual powers to bring the doctor back to life so he, in turn, can use his centuries-old skills on the unfortunate sister. In Paris however Espérandieu is already causing mayhem, having brought to life what was a safe museum egg but is now a very active pterodactyl. Paris 1911 may not be the healthiest place to be. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Rated PG for some violence, language, brief sensuality and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Official site [Japan]

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France | USA

Language:

French | English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 April 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Adèle and the Secret of the Mummy See more »

Filming Locations:

Cairo, Egypt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,607,170 (France), 18 April 2010, Wide Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,522,487, 6 May 2011
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

President Fallières has a Scotch terrier called Nelson. This is ironic given that two of greatest defeats suffered by the French Navy (the Battles of the Nile and Trafalgar) were inflicted by the British admiral, Horatio Nelson. See more »

Goofs

Near the opening scenes, immediately after the can-can scene, when Mr Ferdinand Choupard arrives in front of the Jeanne D'Arc monument, the speaker says he's in the "place des pyramides" but it appears the place got this name only in 5 January 1932: in 1911, at the time when the story goes, its name was still "place de Rivoli". See more »

Crazy Credits

The initial credits show Egyptian figures next to the names the contributors. The figures are based on traditional Egyptian art, but with modifications reflecting the role of the person name in the credit e.g. carrying musical instruments or a power lead. The figures 'morph' between credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

US version was cut by ca. 2 minutes to secure a PG rating. The scene where Adèle takes a bath was edited to remove nudity and smoking. In addition Professor Espérandieu's beheading and Adèle's accident at the tennis game were edited to remove frightening images. See more »


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Nini La Gigolette
Written by Henri Peuson and Victor Thiels
Performed by Yohane Gilbert
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Complete tosh
27 March 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADELE BLANC-SEC is the latest movie from the normally reliable French director Luc Besson, and sad to say it's a complete piece of nonsense. Apparently the big-screen adaptation of some popular French comic books, this sees the titular character embarking on a whimsical fantasy adventure involving dinosaurs and mummies.

It's as silly as it sounds, but I had hoped for some exotic, globe-trotting intrigue - after all, we mustn't forget that the French are the ones who brought us the wonderful TINTIN comics, after all. But this turns out to be an oddball affair through and through, with the humour aimed at a distinctly juvenile audience and yet adult scenes elsewhere.

Sadly, this is one of those films that delights in sub-par CGI animation, so the pterodactyl scenes are pretty naffy. The nadir comes with a pair of CGI animated gorillas - don't expect RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES style quality here, these two are horrendous and it makes me wonder about the state of film-making when it's cheaper to animate two gorillas than to simply visit the zoo and film them with a traditional camera.

There are many familiar French faces in the cast, including Mathieu Amalric (MUNICH) and Giles Lellouche (POINT BLANK), but most play caricatures hidden beneath prosthetics and make-up. Louise Bourgoin's titular heroine is a real bitch of a character, somebody who's rude and hateful to everybody around her, so that makes her hard to warm to. In fact, the only stuff I enjoyed in this film were the reanimated mummies, who are genuinely funny and wacky creations. Everything else is a chore.


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