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The Visitors (1993)

Les visiteurs (original title)
A medieval knight and his servant ask a familiar wizard to move them back in time to prevent father-in-law's accidentally killing. Instead, they fly away to the 20th century.

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Jean-Marie Poiré
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Clavier ... Jacquouille la Fripouille / Jacquard
Jean Reno ... Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail
Valérie Lemercier ... Frénégonde de Pouille / Béatrice de Montmirail
Marie-Anne Chazel ... Ginette la clocharde
Christian Bujeau ... Jean-Pierre
Isabelle Nanty ... Fabienne Morlot
Gérard Séty Gérard Séty ... Edgar Bernay
Didier Pain Didier Pain ... Louis VI le Gros
Jean-Paul Muel Jean-Paul Muel ... Marechal des Logis Gibon
Arielle Sémenoff ... Jacqueline (as Ariel Séménoff)
Michel Peyrelon Michel Peyrelon ... Edouard Bernay
Pierre Vial Pierre Vial ... Wizard Eusebius / Monsieur Ferdinand
François Lalande François Lalande ... Priest
Didier Bénureau Didier Bénureau ... Intern Beauvin
Frédéric Baptiste Frédéric Baptiste ... Freddy
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | German | English

Release Date:

12 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Besucher See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,792, 14 July 1996

Gross USA:

$659,810

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$659,810
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Top selling movie in France in 1993. See more »

Goofs

When Godefroy arrives at Béatrice's, he complains that "there's no longer any hectare of forest". Hectare is a surface area unit that was invented during the French Revolution. See more »

Quotes

Jacquouille la Fripouille: Don't drink it
[the potion]
Jacquouille la Fripouille: , Sire! You might turn into a frog, a bat, a goat, or a nun's arse!
Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail: You're right. Drink first!
Jacquouille la Fripouille: Me?
Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail: Let's see if you turn into a nun's arse. If you do, I'll seek revenge.
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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

Symphonie Ecossaise
(Extraits)
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Félix Mendelsshon)
Performed by The Czech Symphony Orchestra
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Simply Brilliant
14 November 2006 | by tjodeaSee all my reviews

I cannot fault the first reviewer's summary of this movie. However, I would not agree that it is best enjoyed in French. I have a very basic understanding of the language but I knew where the subtle gags were... Okay, I admit not all of them but there again I miss the ones in English films too. You only have to watch the faces and the eyes to grasp what it is the characters are talking (well mostly fighting) about anyway. That is where this film stands up because the acting is absolutely brilliant. It is a true gem of a film and the relationships between the characters are immense. Firstly the relationship between Reno and Lemercier is truly a thing of beauty, especially in the future as Reno courts Lemercier and she slowly falls for his charm. Secondly the dynamic of Reno and Clavier (who is a very under-rated actor and a shame that he has not been in more films to reach English speaking audiences) Their master and servant relationship is hilariously done, Reno as the aloof nobleman and Clavier as the clumsy fool and is in all honesty a work of genius. When the two first arrive in the future and stumble upon a road they attack a postal van, thinking it to be a work of evil - I cried with laughter. All I can really say is please watch this movie and never the remake (I mean NEVER) Clavier steals the show to be honest, in both his roles. Reno is excellent and Lemercier is both beautiful and hugely talented (again, it is a shame she hasn't been in more films for English speakers).


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