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The Crazy Years of the Twist (1985)

Les folles années du twist (original title)
"Any cause,as just as it can be ,spawns scheming,cowardice,fright and treason"


Mahmoud Zemmouri


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Villeret ... M'sieur John Wayne
Mustapha El Anka Mustapha El Anka ... Si Tayeb
Malik Lakhdar-Hamina Malik Lakhdar-Hamina ... Boualem
Fawzi B. Saichi Fawzi B. Saichi ... Salah
Richard Bohringer ... Gomez
Marina Moncade Marina Moncade ... Mauricette
Jean-Marie Galey Jean-Marie Galey ... Le militaire
Areski Nebti Areski Nebti ... Kaddour
Élisabeth Lafont Élisabeth Lafont ... La pied-noire
Fanny Mergui Fanny Mergui ... Mme Bacri
Djamel Allam Djamel Allam ... Le présentateur TV
Jean-Pierre Sentier Jean-Pierre Sentier ... Le bouliste
Georges Trillat Georges Trillat ... Le barman
Amar Ouyacoub Amar Ouyacoub ... Un ami de Si Tayeb
Ali Abdoun Ali Abdoun ... Un ami de Si Tayeb


The story takes place in a small town of Algeria ,in the two last years of the colonial war ;from January 1960 to the Evian agreement and the independence ( on the 3rd of July,1962)via the self- determination referendum and the generals putsch). Boualem and Sahah ,two would be heroes want to join the FLN - National Liberation Front"- ,the rebels who fight in the mountains,much to their parents' fear who are afraid their offspring may be injured among those fighters. Written by dbdumonteil

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Comedy | Drama




Algeria | France


Arabic | French

Release Date:

26 February 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Die verrückten Jahre des Twist See more »

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Boualem and Salah
20 May 2019 | by zutterjp48See all my reviews

At the beginning of the film we can read a very important explanation of the director about this film: in short words the true subject of the film is the people and its survival of everyday: its heroism, its cowardice, its opportunism or its indifference to the conflict !! This film shows the tribulations of two young, Boualem and Salah from the last years of the war of Algeria till the independence. Mahmoud Zemmouri gave his film a great touch of humour.

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