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The Restaurant (1966)

Le grand restaurant (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy | 9 September 1966 (France)
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Top-notch french restaurant owner Monsieur Septime is involved into crime when one of his famous guests disappears.

Director:

Jacques Besnard

Writers:

Jacques Besnard (adaptation), Jean Halain | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis de Funès ... Monsieur Septime
Bernard Blier ... Le commissaire divisionnaire
Maria-Rosa Rodriguez Maria-Rosa Rodriguez ... Sophia
Venantino Venantini ... Henrique
Juan Ramírez Juan Ramírez ... Le général
Noël Roquevert ... Le ministre
Folco Lulli ... Le président Novalès
Yves Arcanel Yves Arcanel ... Henri
René Berthier René Berthier
Albert Dagnant Albert Dagnant ... Un conspirateur
Robert Dalban ... Le conspirateur francais
Eugene Deckers ... Le complice de Novalès (as Eugène Deckers)
Robert Destain Robert Destain ... Le baron
Bernard Dumaine Bernard Dumaine ... Le client satisfait
Jacques Dynam ... Un serveur
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Storyline

M. Septime rules the renowned Paris restaurant "Chez Septime" with an iron fist. Grovelling before his rich and powerful customers, M. Septime feels free to treat his employees like children at best or like slaves at worst. M. Septime would be very happy if things just continued the way they are. But Destiny will have it otherwise. Indeed one day, Novales, a South American president, disappears while dining in his restaurant and it looks as if Septime has something to do with it. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

9 September 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

What's Cooking in Paris See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gaumont International See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First film directed by Jacques Besnard. See more »

Goofs

As Septime and the secretary tumble down the hill their clothes get covered with snow, but when they reach the bottom they're clean again. See more »

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Featured in Louis de Funès ou Le pouvoir de faire rire (2003) See more »

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The moment « El Presidente » vanishes, the story too ! (vhs) (DVD)
7 October 2009 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

A cult comedy is from my point of view, a movie in which you can't remember all the funny moments and therefore, you are always happy to discover them again and again.

So, there, I knew that De Funes was a terrible, tyrannic boss of a great restaurant but his manners eluded me while they are really funny! He's truly the best actor in this field and beyond, a very talented one. As Al (Pacino), I feel that De Funes exudes humanity, compassion and class behind all his jokes…

In addition, as it figures among the oldest movies I saw, it was great to see Paris an half-century ago. Besides cars and trends, I feel that Paris was more "green" with trees than actually.

Unfortunately, when the main thing is served, the script becomes strange: a mix between Bond for the aquatic car and the Pink Panther for the winter sequence… We are far away of the restaurant!

In conclusion, great appetizers but the menu left me wanting for more!


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