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The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob

Category: Comedy /
In this riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities, Victor Pivert, a blustering, bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Slimane, an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assasins from Slimane's country, but also the police, who think Pivert is a murderer. Pivert ends up posing as Rabbi Jacob, a beloved figure who's returned to France for his first visit after 30 years in the United States. Adding to the confusion are Pivert's dentist-wife, who thinks her husband is leaving her for another woman, their daughter, who's about to get married, and a Parisian neighborhood filled with people eager to celebrate the return of Rabbi Jacob.

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1973-10-17
Run time: 100 minute / 1:40
Director: Gérard Oury
Writers: Danièle Thompson, Gérard Oury, Josy Eisenberg.
Production Companies : Horse Film, Les Films Pomereu, Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie (SNC)
Production Countries: France, Italy


Louis de Funès
as Victor Pivert
Suzy Delair
as Germaine Pivert
Marcel Dalio
as Rabbi Jacob
Claude Giraud
as Mohamed Larbi Slimane / Rabbi Zeiligman
Renzo Montagnani
as Farès
Janet Brandt
as Tzipé Schmoll, grandmother
André Falcon
as Minister
Xavier Gélin
as Alexandre, general's son
Henri Guybet
as Salomon, Pivert's driver
as Moishe Schmoll
as Antoinette Pivert
Denise Provence
as Esther
Jacques François
as General
Claude Piéplu
as Divisional Commissioner Andreani
Georges Adet
as Old Levi
Paul Bisciglia
as Pump attendant
Philippe Brigaud
as Deputy Minister
Gérard Darmon
as Farès henchman
Noël Darzal
Michel Duplaix
as Policeman in Orly
Robert Duranton
as CRS in Orly
Malek Kateb
as Aziz, Farès henchman
Michel Fortin
as Biker policeman
Micheline Kahn
as Hannah
El Kebir
as Farès henchman
Pierre Koulak
as Omar, Farès henchman
Alix Mahieux
as Patient at the dentist
Maria Gabriella Maione
as Olivia, dentist's secretary
Catherine Marshall
as Female model
Jean-Jacques Moreau
as Police biker
Yves Peneau
André Penvern
as Assistant to Andréani
Denise Péronne
as General, mother of Alexander
Roger Riffard
as Assistant to Andréani
Michel Robin
as Priest of the Invalides
Dominique Zardi
as Cook of "L'Etoile de Kiev"
Ari Aricardi
as Man rue des Rosiers (uncredited)
as Participant in the black wedding (uncredited)
Charles Bayard
as Wedding guest (uncredited)
Christine Boisson
as Wedding guest (uncredited)
Guy Bonnafoux
as Man rue des Rosiers (uncredited)
Robert Chevrigny
as Wedding guest (uncredited)
Jérôme Deschamps
as Friend of Alexandre (uncredited)
Robert Favart
as Wedding guest (uncredited)
Marcel Gassouk
as Butcher (uncredited)
Robert le Béal
as Wedding guest (uncredited)
Olivier Lejeune
as Friend of Alexandre (uncredited)
Francis Lemaire
as Sergeant (uncredited)
Paul Mercey
as Vindictive motorist (uncredited)
Clément Michu
as Policeman in front of the church (uncredited)
Frédéric Norbert
as Flower delivery man (uncredited)
Jacques Pisias
as Policeman in Orly (uncredited)
Vincent Ropion
as Child invited to the wedding (uncredited)
Annick Roux
as Ground hostess (uncredited)
Zvee Scooler
as New York Rabbi (uncredited)
Raymonde Vattier
as Marquise (uncredited)
Pierre Vaudier
as Master of ceremonies (uncredited)
Henri Decaë Director of Photography

Danièle Thompson Screenplay

Vladimir Cosma Original Music Composer

Gérard Oury Screenplay

Gérard Oury Director

Josy Eisenberg Screenplay

Bertrand Javal Producer

Albert Jurgenson Editor

Théobald Meurisse Production Design

Gérard Beytout Producer

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