La Grande Vadrouille
|La Grande Vadrouille|
French theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gérard Oury|
|Produced by||Robert Dorfmann|
|Written by||Marcel Jullian|
Louis de Funès
|Music by||Georges Auric
|Edited by||Albert Jurgenson|
|1 December 1966|
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.
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.
- André Bourvil as Augustin Bouvet
- Louis de Funès as Stanislas Lefort
- Terry-Thomas as Sir Reginald ("Big Moustache")
- Claudio Brook as Peter Cunningham
- Mike Marshall as Alan MacIntosh
- Marie Dubois as Juliette
- Pierre Bertin as Juliette's grandfather
- Andrea Parisy as Sister Marie-Odile
- Mary Marquet as The Mother Superior
- Benno Sterzenbach as Major Achbach
- Paul Préboist as The fisherman