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Les visiteurs (1993)

A medieval nobleman and his squire are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. He enlists the aid of his descendent to try to find a way to return home, all the... See full summary »

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Cast

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Frénégonde de Pouille / Béatrice de Montmirail
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Ginette la clocharde
Christian Bujeau ...
Jean-Pierre
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Fabienne Morlot
Gérard Séty ...
Edgar Bernay
Didier Pain ...
Louis VI le Gros
Jean-Paul Muel ...
Marechal des Logis Gibon
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Jacqueline (as Ariel Séménoff)
Michel Peyrelon ...
Edouard Bernay
Pierre Vial ...
Wizard Eusebius / Monsieur Ferdinand
François Lalande ...
Priest
Didier Bénureau ...
Frédéric Baptiste ...
Freddy
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A medieval nobleman and his squire are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. He enlists the aid of his descendent to try to find a way to return home, all the while trying to cope with the cultural and technological changes distinguishing his time from ours. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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When an 11th century knight and his loyal servant try to go back in time, only one thing will stand in their way. The 20th century. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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12 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Visitors  »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$700,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,800,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Top selling movie in France in 1993. See more »

Goofs

The bathroom basin that overflows and floods the house has a overflow hole to stop it doing just that. It is clearly visible in a close up shot of the basin. See more »

Quotes

Intern Beauvin: Your patient is very dangerous - he nearly tore my scrotum apart.
Jacquouille la Fripouille: Limp scrotum! Limp scrotum!
[laughs]
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Crazy Credits

After the final credits role, stick around for a "Hello to all you credits-lovers!" accompanied by a waving medieval knight. See more »

Connections

Referenced in La Haine (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto pour violon et orchestre en Mi mineur
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Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Félix Mendelsshon)
Performed by The Czech Symphony Orchestra
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Funniest 'Foreign' Movie I've Seen
2 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I admit I haven't seen more than probably 40 or 50 "foreign" films, but of those, this is still the funniest one I have watched. The major problem I had with it was that the dialog (and the humorous lines) came so fast I barely had time to read the subtitles. It gets a little tiring after awhile trying to keep up with the reading and viewing at the same time, at that pace.

As with all comedies, you get smart and stupid scenes. You get more stupid when you have more slapstick, but you also have more laugh-out-loud moments. Such is the case here, as Jean Reno and Christian Clavier portray clownish 11th-century men who suddenly find themselves in modern-day France. Time-travel films almost always are fascinating, whether it's sci-fi or comedy.

Most of the jokes center around the guys trying to figure out today's modern conveniences, such as toilets, and the problems they have trying to figure them out. Also, there are big problems with the men's relatives, who are trying to figure out who these strange-acting guys are all about!

As for family viewing: not suitable. There is no sex and no nudity, but there is rough language which is why it's rated "R."


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