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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

    Synopsis

    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.

    Source : allmovie.com

     

    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)

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    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

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Comedy

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    1968

    French release :

    06/02/1969

    Runtime :

    1 h 38 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    34543

    Visa issue date :

    04/02/1969

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Rating restrictions :

    None

    Posters (2)

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