Dr. Anansa Linderby (Beverly Johnson) is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task.
The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor (Sir Peter Ustinov) of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Richard Burton) ... See full summary »
Famous detective Charlie Chan (Sir Peter Ustinov) is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco Detective (Brian Keith) solve a mysterious series of murders. With his bumbling ... See full summary »
Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.
With his mauve taxi, the old philosopher Dr. Seamus Scully (Fred Astaire) runs around the small green roads of the south of Ireland, becoming confident of his patients, while trying to help them find their way.
In 1920s Turkey, young peasant Memed (Simon Dutton) elopes with beautiful Hatche (Leonie Mellinger), who was promised in an arranged marriage to the local potentate Abdi Aga's (Sir Peter Ustinov's) son, and later joins a group of bandits.
During the Cold War, John Goldfarb (Richard Crenna) crashes his spy plane in the Middle East and is taken prisoner by the local government. His captor, King Fawz (Sir Peter Ustinov), soon ... See full summary »
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A tiny, otherwise inconsequential and powerless European country called Concordia holds the deciding vote in a crucial United Nations resolution. As the U.S. and Soviet Union try to ... See full summary »
Victor (Sir Peter Ustinov) is a screenwriter whose last work about the Marechal Pétain is refused by his producer. To add insult to injury, he tells Victor he is paunchy. The unfortunate man becomes obsessed by his weight. He goes out of his way to lose pounds, abetted by his wife, Corinne (Bernadette Lafont), who puts him on a diet. He must also go to a health center where he takes exercise. Nothing really works. One day, in a brewery, he cannot stand his diet anymore, and he has a gastronomic meal. Desperate, he tries his luck at a Weight Watchers reunion.Written by
In the famous comic Asterix ,Obelix (see "Le Tour De Gaule" ) does not consider himself fat ;neither does Victor,till a producer tells him he is paunchy.
Michel Vorcoret 's five movies represent one of the absolute nadirs of the French cinema of the seventies,the likes of his "Bidasses" and others.
" Nous Maigrirons Ensemble " is a notch or two above the usual level ,thanks to its main actors,Peter Ustinov ,who impresses me with his perfect French ,and Bernadette Laffont.They must really be very very talented to make this flick watchable.
The screenplay is essentially made of sketches, and their quality is quite uneven;not bad moments: the visit to the doctor with the undecipherable jargon who charges his patient 500 Francs ; the meal when Corinne puts Victor on a diet ;the weight watchers meeting where the nutritionist acts like a teacher who hands their papers to her students ;the Freudian analysis of obesity by Dr Genevieve (Sylvie Joly,who ,left to her own devices par a non'existent director, hams it up though).
On the other hand ,some gags are heavy-handed, hackneyed: Victor stuck in his car door ,or in the cement;the health center with the obligatory grotesque queen; for good measure, Corinne's hairdresser is also a gay; Victor gobbling Choucroute in front of a crippled man in a wheelchair is sheer bad taste too ;the meeting with the blonde and the break-up with Catherine,with a "moving" score of syrupy violins drowns the final scenes out.
Ustinov was so talented an actor that he manages to survive such a poor work.
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