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Quarter to Two Before Jesus Christ (1982)

Deux heures moins le quart avant Jésus-Christ (original title)
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Rahatlocum is a North African Roman colony where Julius Caesar came to spend an expensive holiday. The revolt rumbles among the small people who find a leader in the person of Ben-Hur Marcel.

Director:

Jean Yanne

Writer:

Jean Yanne (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Coluche ... Ben-Hur Marcel / Aminemephet
Michel Serrault ... César
Jean Yanne ... Paulus
Françoise Fabian ... Laetitia
Michel Auclair ... Le consul Demetrius
Mimi Coutelier ... Cléopâtre
Darry Cowl ... Faucuius
Paul Préboist ... Le gardien du lion
Daniel Emilfork ... Tatouius
André Pousse ... Un centurion
Michel Constantin ... Le secutor
Philippe Clay ... Le héraut
José Artur José Artur ... Reginus
Yves Mourousi Yves Mourousi
Léon Zitrone Léon Zitrone
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Rahatlocum is a North African Roman colony where Julius Caesar came to spend an expensive holiday. The revolt rumbles among the small people who find a leader in the person of Ben-Hur Marcel.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 October 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Die verrücktesten 90 Minuten vor Christi Geburt See more »

Filming Locations:

Monastir, Tunisia

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Great comedy, but is it translatable ?
31 March 2006 | by fledinahetSee all my reviews

This film is probably one of the best comedies shot in France in the 80's (with "Papy fait de la Résistance" by Jean-Marie Poirée), being a blend of Monty Python's humour with strong influence by Goscinny (the father of Astérix and other Franco-Belgian cartoons), especially in its use of anachronisms and burlesque humour. It also features a great cast with Coluche (playing the French average man as Ben Hur Marcel, the son of a garage man and plotter in spite of himself) and Serrault (an effeminate Cezar) at their best, and a handful of hilarious special guests (actors Darry Cowl, Paul Preboist, Michel Constantin, TV journalists Yves Mourousi and Leon Zitrone). Of course you should not expect very subtle humour here and sometimes it does not work ; moreover, this film has been intended for a French audience and it might be difficult to translate some of the jokes, whereas some situations might not ring a bell for non-French viewers. When Monty Python's "Life of Bryan" plays with the historical background, in 2h-15 it is a pure pretext for comedy. A must for Christmas time in France.


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