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
Gérard Oury
Danièle Thompson
Georges Tabet
André Tabet
Starring Bourvil
Louis de Funès
Claudio Brook
Music by Georges Auric
Hector Berlioz
Cinematography André Domage
Alain Douarinou
Claude Renoir
Edited by Albert Jurgenson
Release date
1 December 1966
Running time
132 minutes
Country France
United Kingdom
Language French
Budget $2.3 million

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 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]


Summer 1941. Over German-occupied France, a Royal Air Force bomber becomes lost after a mission and is shot down over Paris by German flak. Three of 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, a puppet show operator, Juliette, and the grumbling conductor of the Opéra National de Paris, Stanislas Lefort. Involuntarily, Lefort, Juliette 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.



The film was made by the same team who did the enormously successful The Sucker (1965).[3]


The film was the most popular of 1966 at the French box office with admissions of 17,275,169. (This was almost twice as much as the second most popular, Dr Zhivago, which had 9,816,305.)[4]

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