|Directed by||Francis Veber|
|Produced by||Alain Poiré|
|Written by||Francis Veber|
|Music by||Vladimir Cosma|
|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.
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...
- Pierre Richard as François Perrin
- Gérard Depardieu as Campana
- Pedro Armendáriz Jr. as The Captain
- Corynne Charbit as Marie Bens
- Maritza Olivares
- André Valardy as Meyer
- Jorge Luke as Arbal
- Sergio Calderón as Prisoner
- Michel Robin as Alexandre Bens
- Robert Dalban as The technician
- Jacqueline Noëlle
- Michel Fortin as The man at Orly
- Marjorie Godin
- Jean-Louis Fortuit
- Pulcher Castan
Release history and facts
|France||9 December 1981|
|Germany||19 March 1982|
|Netherlands||15 July 1982|
|Mexico||1 December 1982|
|Italy||13 February 1983|
|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.
- La Chevre/Knock On Wood at Films de France site.
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