French Fried Vacation

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French Fried Vacation
Les bronzes.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Patrice Leconte
Produced by Yves Rousset-Rouard
Screenplay by Patrice Leconte
Le Splendid
Starring Josiane Balasko
Michel Blanc
Marie-Anne Chazel
Christian Clavier
Gérard Jugnot
Thierry Lhermitte
Music by Michel Bernholc
Serge Gainsbourg
Cinematography Jean-François Robin
Trinacra Films
Release date
  • 1978 (1978)
Running time
92 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $17.3 million[1]

French Fried Vacation (Les Bronzés) is a cult 1978 French comedy film directed by Patrice Leconte. The film satirizes life at holiday resorts such as Club Med. It is one of many films by the French troupe Le Splendid. Josiane Balasko, Michel Blanc, Marie-Anne Chazel, Gérard Jugnot, Thierry Lhermitte and Christian Clavier wrote and created together the play "Amours, Coquillages et Crustacés", and drew the scenario for Les Bronzés from this café-théâtre piece.[2] The film has achieved cult status in France, where it sold 2.2 million tickets during its initial theatrical release.

It was followed by two sequels, also directed by Patrice Leconte: Les Bronzés font du ski (1979) and Les Bronzés 3: Amis pour la vie (2006)


Gigi, Jerome, Christiane, Jean-Claude, and Bernard visit a resort in the Ivory Coast, the Club Med village of Assinie. Bernard subsequently meets up with his wife, Nathalie, who has already spent a week there, and they are all welcomed by Popeye and the eccentric emcees, Bobo and Bourseault. The film follows the humorous couplings and uncouplings of the group, and especially Popeye's attempt to seduce record numbers of women and, in stark contrast, Jean-Claude's failure to seduce even one.


Filming location[edit]

Although the movie depicts the adventures of a group of GOs and GMs at Club Med Assinie, the shooting was made mostly at Valtur village Les Paletuviers, next to the Club Med resort.


  1. ^ "Les Bronzés (1978)". JP Box Office. Retrieved 22 November 1978.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Paris Match No.2921 12–18 May 2005

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