La Grande Vadrouille

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La Grande Vadrouille
La Grande Vadrouille poster.jpg
French theatrical release poster
Directed by Gérard Oury
Produced by Robert Dorfmann
Written by Marcel Jullian
Starring Bourvil
Louis de Funès
Claudio Brook
Terry-Thomas
Music by Georges Auric
Hector Berlioz
Cinematography André Domage
Alain Douarinou
Claude Renoir
Edited by Albert Jurgenson
Release dates 1 December 1966
Running time 132 minutes
Country France
United Kingdom
Language French
English
German

La Grande Vadrouille (French pronunciation: ​[la ɡʁɑ̃d vaˈdʁuj]; literally "The Great Stroll"; originally released in the United States as Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At!) is a 1966 French comedy film about two ordinary Frenchmen helping the crew of a Royal Air Force bomber shot down over Paris make their way through German-occupied France to escape arrest.

For over forty years, until the release of Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis in 2008, La Grande Vadrouille was the most successful French film in France, topping the box office with over 17,200,000 cinema admissions. It remains the third most successful film ever in France, of any nationality, behind the 1997 version of Titanic and Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, both of which were seen by over 20,000,000 cinemagoers.[1][2]

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Summer 1941. Over Nazi-occupied France, a Royal Air Force B17 Flying Fortress becomes lost after a mission and is shot down over Paris by German flak. The crew, Sir Reginald, Peter Cunningham and Alan MacIntosh, parachute out over the city, where they run into and are hidden by a house painter, Augustin Bouvet, and the grumbling conductor of the Opéra National de Paris, Stanislas Lefort. Involuntarily, Lefort and Bouvet get themselves tangled up in the manhunt against the aviators led by Wehrmacht Major Achbach as they help the airmen to escape to the free zone with the help of Resistance fighters and sympathisers.

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