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On Guard !

On Guard !

A Feature film by Philippe de Broca

Produced by Alicéleo

Release in France : 03/12/1997

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Actors (33)

Production and distribution (5)

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Foreign production companies :

Gemini Filmproduktions, Prima, CGG Tiger Cin. ca

French distribution :

Pathé Distribution

Co-productions :

TF1 Films Production, DA Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

TF1 International

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It would take Chevalier de Lagardère sixteen years to avenge his friend the Duke of Nevers, assassinated by the infamous Gonzague, king of Parisian finance in the lavish Regency era. Sixteen years, that right may triumph, that honour be saved... that love be found.


"On Guard"... Ten years ago I said to myself, I'd like to give it a shot, inspired by the lingering memory of having seen the film at the age of seven. I took another look at the Marais/Bourvil version and I thought well, that's been done and well done. However, four years ago, I gave it serious thought anew, and three years ago I asked Jean Cosmos to work on a first draft. Two years ago I gave Philippe de Broca to read. Philippe, Jean Cosmos and Jérôme Tonnerre then worked for 18 months on the screenplay producing 23 versions ! That was followed by 6 months of preproduction and 16 weeks of shooting. Via this adventure, I'd wanted to bring back to life a genre I'd lost sight of, and to film it with the means of today. It's wonderful to be able to share a childhood dream and to see that others take the same joy in sharing it with you." (Patrick Godeau)

Full credits (17)

Executive Producer :

Patrick Godeau

Line producer :

Françoise Galfrè

Co-producer :

Vittorio Cecchi Gori

Sound Recordist :

Henri Morelle

Camera Operator :

Yves Agostini

Editor :

Henri Lanoé

Music Composer :

Philippe Sarde

Costume designer :

Christian Gasc

Still Photographer :

Jean-Marie Leroy

Author of original work :

Paul Féval

Screenwriters :

Jérôme Tonnerre, Jean Cosmos, Philippe de Broca

Director of Photography :

Jean-François Robin

Assistant Operators :

Jean-Paul Agostini, Alain Dutartre

Production manager :

Catherine Lapoujade

Production Designer :

Bernard Vezat

Choreographer :

Corinne Devaux

Sound Mixer :

William Flageollet

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Feature film

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France, Germany, Italy

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Majority French (France, Germany, Italy)

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2 h

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Posters (1)



Festival Selections (4)

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1998

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1998)


Feature Films

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)

Selection (9)

Best Costume Design : Christian Gasc

Best Production Design : Bernard Vezat

Best Cinematography : Jean-François Robin

Best Editing : Henri Lanoé

Best Original Music : Philippe Sarde

Best Supporting Actor : Vincent Perez

Best Actor : Daniel Auteuil

Best Actress : Marie Gillain

Best Film

Acapulco French Film Festival - 1997

Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1997)


French Feature Films

Lumiere Awards - 1997

Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)


French Films

Awards (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)


César award for best costume design : Christian Gasc

Lumiere Awards - 1997

Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)


Meilleur Acteur : Daniel Auteuil

Delegations (2)

Lumiere Awards - 1997

Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)