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The Man from Acapulco (1973)

Le magnifique (original title)
Francois Merlin is an espionnage-book writer. He likes to mix every-day character he can met in his book. In his book, he is Bob Saint Clar, his neighbour Christine appears as Tatiana and ... See full summary »

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Bob Saint-Clar / François Merlin
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Tatiana / Christine
Vittorio Caprioli ...
Karpof / Charron
Hans Meyer ...
Colonel Collins
Monique Tarbès ...
Mrs. Berger
Bruno Garcin ...
Pilu
Raymond Gérôme ...
General Pontaubert
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The electrician
Fabrizio Moresco
André Weber ...
The plumber
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Le vendeur
Bernard Musson ...
Interpreter
Thalie Frugès ...
Publishing House Hostess
René Barrera ...
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Francois Merlin is an espionnage-book writer. He likes to mix every-day character he can met in his book. In his book, he is Bob Saint Clar, his neighbour Christine appears as Tatiana and his editor Georges Charon as Colonel Karpoff. Written by Jean-Yves Simon <simon@wotangate.micro.ti.com>

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DE BROCA, the director of "King of Hearts"..."That Man from Rio"..."Cartouche", now returns with the rousing adventure comedy "Le Magnifique" with BELMONDO and BISSET


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The Man from Acapulco  »

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Trivia

7th highest grossing movie in France for its year. See more »

Goofs

When Bob Saint-Clair is on a canoe in Alaska, he picks up his rifle and aims it and we hear two shots, but nothing comes out of the rifle. See more »

Quotes

Bob Saint-Clair: Did they ever find the shark that devoured Rodriguez?
Tatiana: Yes, it turned up in a canning factory.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, a man inside a telephone booth is picked up by a helicopter, flown out of town to the coast, and eventually dropped into the sea. See more »

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Referenced in Ally McBeal: Love Is All Around: Part 1 (2002) See more »

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Concerto Pour Piano Tueurs Et Orchestre
Written and Performed by Claude Bolling
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This film careens wildly through moments of high camp, pathos and outright slapstick
15 March 2003 | by (Cambridge, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Albanian agents are smuggling missile platforms into Mexico. An American agent is devoured by a shark in a phone booth. Superspy Bob St. Cloud is sent to Acapulco to investigate. There he meets the beautiful Tatiana, but their romance is interrupted when they are attacked by an army of Albanian scuba divers, armed with machine guns. In the middle of the carnage, a cleaning woman pushes a vacuum cleaner up the beach. She enters the door of a small beach house where...

In a shabby Parisian flat, Francois Merlin, writer of cheap fiction, is pounding out his forty-third spy novel. He sees a young sociology student through the window of a nearby flat. Though he's never met her, she becomes part of his novel.

From this beginning French director Philippe de Broca (King of Hearts) creates a bizarre comedy of frustrated desires and fantastic dreams. Like Walter Mitty, Merlin creates a fantasy life within his novels far more exciting than his own.

French film star Jean-Paul Belmondo shows great versatility in a duel role as the campy hero Bob St. Cloud and the burnt-out Francois Merlin. Jacqueline Bisset is the vampish spy, Tatiana, as well as Christine, the sociology student who studying the popular appeal of Merlin's escapist novels. Vittorio Caprioli also plays a dual role as Bob St. Cloud's arch-enemy, the evil Colonel Karpoff, and as Merlin's smarmy publisher Georges Charon.

De Broca is a master of light comedy and his film careens wildly through moments of high camp, pathos and outright slapstick, as the story switches back and forth between the fantasy of Merlin's novel to the reality of his own life. In the end Merlin must battle his own fictional alter ego, as well as his publisher, for the love of the fair Christine.


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