La Chèvre

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La Chèvre
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Directed by Francis Veber
Produced by Alain Poiré
Written by Francis Veber
Starring Pierre Richard
Gérard Depardieu
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Release date
  • 9 December 1981 (1981-12-09) (France)
  • 1 December 1982 (1982-12-01) (Mexico)
Running time
95 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $ 56.6 million

La Chèvre (English title: Knock on Wood, literal translation: The Goat) is a 1981 French comedy film directed by Francis Veber, starring Pierre Richard and Gérard Depardieu. It is the first of three films featuring Richard and Depardieu as a comic duo.

An American remake of this film was made in 1991, starring Martin Short and Danny Glover, entitled Pure Luck.


La Chèvre features Depardieu as the tough-guy private detective Campana, hired to find Marie, the daughter of a rich businessman, who has mysteriously disappeared while vacationing in Mexico. The case turns out to be complicated – several attempts to find her have already failed. A psychologist, Meyer, who works for the businessman, suggests a plan. Marie is known to be extremely unlucky and accident-prone; the psychologist advises sending someone equally accident-prone to find her, on the theory that what happened to her may also happen to him, and thus, following her steps while the detective tags along, the daughter can be found and returned home. Richard's character Perrin is an awkward, accident-prone accountant who works for the businessman, and is chosen to implement the scheme. The adventures of an odd duo begin...


Release history and facts[edit]

Country Release date
France 9 December 1981
Germany 19 March 1982
Netherlands 15 July 1982
Mexico 1 December 1982
Italy 13 February 1983
Soviet Union 1985
United States 26 July 1985

The movie is sadly infamous in Italy for a burning of a cinema in Turin in which it was projected, killing 63 people.


The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of 1985 by the U.S. National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.[1]


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