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The Devil by the Tail

The Devil by the Tail

A Feature film by Philippe de Broca

Produced by Les Productions Artistes Associés, Fildebroc Productions

Release in France : 06/02/1969

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Actors (13)

Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producers :

Les Productions Artistes Associés, Fildebroc Productions

French distribution :

United Artists

Foreign production company :

Produzioni Europee Associati (PEA)

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An eccentric family in need of money turns their crumbling chateau into a hotel in order to renovate the old place. Repairs are made to the aging structure, but they only have one guest and too many empty rooms. The young granddaughter, with the help of her mechanic boyfriend, manages to make sure all the cars that stop at his garage are in need of overnight repairs. The hotel business soon improves as tourists are stranded and forced to seek lodging at the chateau. Cesar (Yves Montand) leads a trio of bank robbers to the hotel. Posing as aristocratic nobles, the crooks hide out in the splendor of the old house, charming the ladies and winning at poker games to pass the time. The mother of the family offers herself as a lure to draw more guests, who often take advantage of her adulterous yearnings. The hotel business does very well as the family saves their ancestral home after a dubious start in this romantic comedy.

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Full credits (16)

Assistant directors :

Christian Fuin, Georges Pellegrin

Producers :

Michelle de Broca, Philippe de Broca

Foreign Producer :

Alberto Grimaldi

Assistant Operator :

Michel Lebon

Production Manager :

Jean Pieuchot

Assistant editor :

Christiane Lack

Production Designer :

Dominique André

Costume designer :

Jacques Fonteray

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Daniel Boulanger, Claude Sautet

Screenwriters :

Philippe de Broca, Daniel Boulanger

Director of Photography :

Jean Penzer

Camera Operator :

Gilles Bonneau

Editor :

Françoise Javet

Continuity supervisor :

Suzanne Durrenberger

Music Composer :

Georges Delerue

Still Photographer :

Georges Pierre

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Feature film

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Runtime :

1 h 38 min

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