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French Leave / Touch and Go

French Leave / Touch and Go

A Feature film by Philippe de Broca

Produced by Les Films Ariane

Release in France : 01/09/1971


    Before the Allied invasion of North Africa in World War II, there was still plenty of confusion, and wartime national alliances often conflicted with personal friendships. Valentin (Michel Piccoli), a French black marketer, rescues Basil (Michael York), an English fighter pilot, off the coast of Italian-occupied Libya. The pilot is discovered by the police when Valentin leaves him with friends in order to visit with his Italian girlfriend. As a result, both Valentin and Basil are held in custody. They escape together and flee to the (neutral) Swiss Embassy, where they get help in the form of a car driven by the ambassador's wife. This wartime comedy recounts their adventures on the journey out of Libya.

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    Actors (15)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films Ariane

    Foreign production company :

    Vides Cinematografica

    Co-production :

    Columbia France

    French distribution :

    Columbia France

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    Full credits (9)

    Author of original work :

    Robert Beylen

    Screenwriters :

    Philippe de Broca, Jean-Loup Dabadie

    Director of Photography :

    René Mathelin

    Editor :

    Henri Lanoé

    Music Composer :

    Michel Legrand

    Producers :

    Georges Dancigers, Alexandre Mnouchkine

    Foreign Producer :

    Franco Cristaldi

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Louis Ducarme

    Continuity supervisor :

    Suzanne Durrenberger

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    Feature film

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    War, Exile, Freedom

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    France, Italy

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Italy)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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