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The Magnificent One

1974 1h 30m Comedy Action Fantasy List
Reviews 85% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
A French writer's (Jean-Paul Belmondo) neighbor (Jacqueline Bisset) becomes his lover in a spy-novel fantasy. Read More Read Less

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Derek Smith Slant Magazine Across Cartouche and Le Magnifique, Philippe de Broca truly manages to have his cake and eat it too. Jun 13, 2021 Full Review Frank J. Avella Edge Media Network About 20 minutes in, the film takes a narrative turn - one I did not see coming, but even if you do, just adds layers to the work and then doesn't let up. Rated: B+ Jun 8, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Jacqueline Bisset fantástica. E a tal guinada da narrativa que o Frank Avella falou acontece. Mas são várias ao longo do filme. Sempre assim: Reações dele pra ela. "Te amo, te odeio." Dele pro seu personagem: "Te coloco lá em cima, te jogo na lama!". São guinadas que variam de intensidade por causa dos ciúmes que ele tem de seu personagem que aumenta e diminui ao longo da ação. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review camille l Tiré d'une idée de Francis Veber et réécrite par Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Le Magnifique est une comédie assez moderne pour l'époque, souvent drôle et franchement originale. Véritable ancêtre des Austin Powers, le film souffre tout de même beaucoup de Jacqueline Bisset, du rythme particulièrement anémique de la deuxième partie (alors que la première passe comme un charme) et de la répétition de ses gags qui font de moins en moins mouche. Au fur et à mesure que les minutes passent, le soufflé retombe et la grosse surprise finale passe alors entre les gouttes. Jean-Paul Belmondo est fait pour ce rôle, tout comme Vittorio Caprioli. La musique de Claude Bolling est vraiment bonne. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member In the beginning I thought "This is an awful over the top action comedy" - and then came the twist. This is a pure work of art, just wonderful and very french. Great, timeless movie! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Fiction is spliced with reality for hack spy novelist Francois Merlin, when his neighbor, beautiful college student Christine selects Merlin as the subject of her term paper in this campy 1970s action-comedy. In Christine's presence, Merlin's reality shifts between his boring life and the thrilling world of his heroic spy character. Surreal camp......... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member i think my brain juice was drained in the last 93 minutes of this silly movie... i need a real movie after this! :p Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member French movie released in 1973, starring the stunning Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Paul Belmondo. Francois Merlin is an espionnage-book writer. Francois Merlin is an espionnage-book writer. Le Magnifique is a slapstick spoof of B-series espionage movies and novels.Great fun, this absolutely crazy comedy is very original and unique.All the Austin Powers movies are based on this. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A French writer's (Jean-Paul Belmondo) neighbor (Jacqueline Bisset) becomes his lover in a spy-novel fantasy.
Director
Philippe de Broca
Producer
Alexandre Mnouchkine, Georges Dancigers
Screenwriter
Philippe de Broca
Genre
Comedy, Action, Fantasy
Original Language
French (France)
Runtime
1h 30m