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The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe [VHS]

Bernard Blier , Pierre Richard , Yves Robert    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Actors: Bernard Blier, Pierre Richard, Jean Rochefort, Mireille Darc
  • Directors: Yves Robert
  • Language: English, French
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004CPTQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,102 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Secret agency chief Toulouse knows that his assistant is after his job. To thwart his deputy's ambitions he sets a trap by arranging for him to investigate a 'nobody' he has picked out at Orly Airport. In fact this decoy is a harmless violinist completely innocent of any crimes. But even his ordinary life under the constant scrutiny of surveillance appears to be weird and suspicious.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Director Yves Robert (who cameos as a conductor) and co-writer Francis Veber's The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe is built around a simple idea: that any innocent man seen at close range looks inherently suspicious. In this case the man is Pierre Richard's weak-willed concert violinist who unwittingly finds himself used by Jean Rochefort's secret service chief to distract ambitious rival Bernard Blier into revealing his own private spy network. Unfortunately the set up takes so long that the picture is in danger of turning into a genuine run of the mill spy thriller for the first half hour, but once it gets going and Richard is allowed to display his impressive talent for physical comedy, whether it be with a dropped cigarette or a flawless pratfall, and best friend Jean Carmet goes through an impressive display of numbed reactions to the mounting number of dead bodies no-one else ever seems to discover, it's not too hard to understand why it became one of the best loved French comedies both at home and abroad. Vladmir Cosma's infectiously enjoyable theme tune with Gheorghe Zamfir on the pan pipes doesn't hurt any either.

While there's a fairly adequate UK DVD with both this and the sequel, the remastered French widescreen DVD is a better bet, with a superior English subtitle translation and some decent extras with the main players that are unfortunately unsubtitled.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Comedy with Great Soundtrack, 20 Dec 2006
By Galina - Published on Amazon.com
This comedy/mystery is simply delightful. You can call it a masterpiece of its genre(s) or you can just enjoy its great timing, hilarious physical comedy, its story that involves spies, murders, and a sexy blonde (Mireille Darc) in a dress you have to see to believe. Pierre Richar is excellent as the blond man of the title who one day became a "person of great interest" for two rival departments in the French secret service. As we know, it is very difficult to find a black cat in a dark room especially if the cat is not in the room and that's what the experienced employees of the secret service try to do - to find the sense in the routine activities of a man they are convinced is an important spy and who is in reality an absent-minded and oblivious violinist and the object of the practical jokes by his fellow musicians.

If it is not enough, there is a soundtrack written by Vladimir Cosma and performed by the King of Pan Flute, a famous Romanian musician Gheorghe Zamfir. Cosma recalls that when he was composing the music for The Tall Blond Man, he was thinking of the movie "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" and he wanted to use the elements of the Eastern European music. His idea to use the themes of Romanian doinas played by Zamfir was a stroke of genius. Once you hear the melodies, you won't be able to forget them.

5 to the movie and 5+ to the soundtrack
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, but this VHS Tape is Awful 22 Dec 2004
By daveinaustin - Published on Amazon.com
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After years of trying to get a copy of this wonderful movie and checking on Amazon, suddenly it became available on VHS at Amazon last summer and I ordered a copy. What arrived, is NOT an original studio release. Instead it was a generic tape with a typed white label. When I put it in to view, what I found was a very grainy image with a dubbed English soundtrack. I was very disappointed.

My guess is that someone found a copy of the 1972 poor U.S. release at a flea market somewhere and has taken a position that the copyright has entered the public domain after 28 years as per statutory section 17 USC 303 of the copyright law and is publishing copies of that worn out flea market copy.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars histerical!!! 22 Nov 1998
By Faith - Published on Amazon.com
The first time I saw this movie was at the university's library. I was laughing so hard, that I was almost kicked out of the library. The copy was in French with English sub. Then, I bought my own copy, and it turned out to be dubbed. It was still very funny, but not as funny as original. And The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe can not be even compared to the American remake. The original is 1000 TIMES BETTER!!!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly funny 11 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I saw this movie 8 times in movie theaters in Europe and I watched it from my VCR many times. Each times I suffered severe pain of abdominal muscles from laughing. More, next day, going to my office by Commuter Railroad I recalled fragments of this movie and I started laughing again making other passengers looking at me in rather strange way. No doubt, it is a perfect comedy. American remake is rather poor comparing to this orginal.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest French comedies of the 70's! 2 Sep 2002
By David S. Rose - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one great, classic, comedy! When it was released in 1973 it became such a hit in France that it was quickly released internationally, where it became a major hit in the US as well. The story of an unwitting schnook who is thought to be a superspy by warring factions of the French secret service provides ample fodder for farce, both slapstick and otherwise. This original version is MUCH better than the American remake starring Tom Hanks and Tom Arnold, and the casting is so perfect as to take your breath away. Among other things, I defy any male with a pulse to keep his jaw in place when the stunningly beautiful Mireille Darc (later to be Alain Delon's girlfriend) turns around in a certain black dress [grin].
For trivia buffs, it is interesting to note a few facts such as (1) the part of the conductor during the concert scene was a cameo by the director, Yves Robert; (2) the score was one of the first showcases for the pan-flute music of Zamphir; and (3) the film was such a hit that it spawned an immediate sequel (The Return of the Tall Blond Man).
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