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La totale! (1991)

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To his family, François Voisin is nothing more than a humdrum civil servant. In truth, for the past twenty years he has been working as a crack secret agent. All goes well until François ... See full summary »

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Claude Zidi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thierry Lhermitte ... François Voisin
Miou-Miou ... Hélène Voisin
Eddy Mitchell ... Albert Grelleau
Michel Boujenah Michel Boujenah ... Simon / Marcel
Jean Benguigui ... Sarkis - un trafiquant d'armes
Annick Alane Annick Alane ... Pascaline (as Annik Alane)
Claudine Wilde Claudine Wilde ... Vanessa - une call-girl (as Claudy Wilde)
François Hadji-Lazaro ... Braquet - le chef des services secrets
Yan Epstein Yan Epstein ... Izmir
Sagamore Stévenin ... Julien Voisin
Jean-Guillaume Le Dantec Jean-Guillaume Le Dantec ... Paul
Pierre Pellerin Pierre Pellerin ... Gérard
Alain Stern Alain Stern ... Philippe
Thierry Liagre Thierry Liagre ... Vincent
Paulina Zidi Paulina Zidi ... Paulina Voisin
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Storyline

To his family, François Voisin is nothing more than a humdrum civil servant. In truth, for the past twenty years he has been working as a crack secret agent. All goes well until François discovers that his son has been skipping school. Using all the resources at his disposal, the irate father tracks his son to find out where he goes when he is not in school. Then François learns that his wife Hélène is having an affair with another man. With the aid of the latest hi-tech surveillance equipment, the jealous husband finds that his rival is a second-hand car salesman masquerading as an international terrorist. To win back Hélène, François contrives an elaborate scheme in which she is coerced into playing the role of a secret agent herself. The scheme backfires badly, and François and Hélène end up in the hands of a ruthless terrorist group. Written by Soumitra

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Adventure | Comedy

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 December 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jackpot! See more »

Filming Locations:

Evry, Essonne, France See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film has been remade in 1994 by James Cameron as the Hollywood blockbuster True Lies. See more »

Goofs

Around 01:01:50, Hélène is talking to François through a two-way mirror. Around 01:01:54, she turns her look to her left, to Albert. Later, around 01:02:18, when she get up, she's looking at François again. She can't see them through a mirror like this. See more »

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Remade as True Lies (1994) See more »

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Hollywood occasionally gets it right
2 January 1999 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

I would usually be the last one to prefer an American remake to a French original. The remakes generally lose the quality that made them seem worthy of a remake in the first place.

To me, one of the very few exceptions to this rule would be the case of La totale! and True Lies, with Arnold Schwarzenegger. If you have occasion to see this film, you will recognize nearly every scene. The remake added some scenes -- mostly spectacular ones -- and a much, much bigger budget. And a certain something else, a je ne sais quoi, a panache, a joie de vivre which the Gallic original is lacking. Surprising, but true. No lie.


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