A bigoted Frenchman finds himself forced to impersonate a popular rabbi while on the run from a group of assassins - and the police.

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Gérard Oury

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Gérard Oury (screenplay), Danièle Thompson (screenplay) | 8 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis de Funès ... Victor Pivert
Suzy Delair ... Germaine Pivert
Marcel Dalio ... Rabbi Jacob (as Dalio)
Claude Giraud ... Mohamed Larbi Slimane / Rabbi Zeiligman
Renzo Montagnani ... Le colonel Farès
Janet Brandt ... Tzipé Schmoll, la grand-mère
André Falcon André Falcon ... Le ministre
Xavier Gélin Xavier Gélin ... Alexandre, le fils du général
Henri Guybet ... Salomon, le chauffeur de Pivert
Popeck Popeck ... Moishe Schmoll (as Jean Herbert)
Miou-Miou ... Antoinette Pivert
Denise Provence Denise Provence ... Esther Schmoll
Jacques François ... Le général
Claude Piéplu ... Le commissaire divisionnaire Andreani
Georges Adet Georges Adet ... Le vieux Lévi
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In this riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities, Victor Pivert, a blustering, bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Slimane, an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assasins from Slimane's country, but also the police, who think Pivert is a murderer. Pivert ends up posing as Rabbi Jacob, a beloved figure who's returned to France for his first visit after 30 years in the United States. Adding to the confusion are Pivert's dentist-wife, who thinks her husband is leaving her for another woman, their daughter, who's about to get married, and a Parisian neighborhood filled with people eager to celebrate the return of Rabbi Jacob. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Adventure | Comedy

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Louis de Funès admitted later in an interview that if any trace of racial prejudice remained in him, shooting this film helped him "clean his soul". See more »

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Fares and his thugs are not really speaking Arabic but mumbling something instead. See more »

Quotes

Victor Pivert: [astonished, to Salomon, his driver] Salomon, you're Jewish?
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Alternate Versions

In the english dubbed version, the last line is changed From, "That's alright sir, we'll take you anyway" to "That's alright sir, nobody's Perfect". Then in the ending credits, they thank Billy Wilder for the last line, which is a steal from the last line from "Some Like It Hot". See more »

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This is one of the best comedies in the French cin...
17 August 1998 | by Ali-14See all my reviews

This is one of the best comedies in the French cinema. Louis de Funes plays the role of Victor Pivert, an industrialist with a Napoleonic complex and a tendency for racist viewpoints, who inadvertantly teams up with, Mohamed Larbi Slimane, an exiled Arab political oposition candidate who is on the run from hired assassins in Paris. Pivert and Slimane masquerade as two Jewish rabbis in order to save their lives. What follows are hillarious scenes taking place in the Jewish section of Paris as well as in the surrounding areas. Watch out for the incredible mime scenes by Louis de Funes at the gas station and in the Orly airport.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | Hebrew | Yiddish | Arabic

Release Date:

18 October 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mad Adventures of 'Rabbi' Jacob See more »

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Budget:

FRF18,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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