The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob

The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)


  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 1973-10-17
  • User Rating: 7.3/10 from 941 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 40min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Horse Film
  • Production Country: France, Italy
  • Director: Gérard Oury
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In this riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities, Victor Pivert, a blustering, bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Slimane, an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assasins from Slimane's country, but also the police, who think Pivert is a murderer. Pivert ends up posing as Rabbi Jacob, a beloved figure who's returned to France for his first visit after 30 years in the United States. Adding to the confusion are Pivert's dentist-wife, who thinks her husband is leaving her for another woman, their daughter, who's about to get married, and a Parisian neighborhood filled with people eager to celebrate the return of Rabbi Jacob.

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  • Louis de Funès

    as Victor Pivert
  • Suzy Delair

    as Germaine Pivert
  • Marcel Dalio

    as Rabbi Jacob
  • Claude Giraud

    as Mohamed Larbi Slimane / Rabbi Zeiligman
  • Renzo Montagnani

    as Farès
  • Janet Brandt

    as Tzipé Schmoll, grandmother
  • André Falcon

    as Minister
  • Xavier Gélin

    as Alexandre, general's son
  • Henri Guybet

    as Salomon, Pivert's driver
  • Popeck

    as Moishe Schmoll
  • Miou-Miou

    as Antoinette Pivert
  • Denise Provence

    as Esther
  • Jacques François

    as General
  • Claude Piéplu

    as Divisional Commissioner Andreani
  • Georges Adet

    as Old Levi
  • Paul Bisciglia

    as Pump attendant
  • Philippe Brigaud

    as Deputy Minister
  • Gérard Darmon

    as Farès henchman
  • Noël Darzal

  • Michel Duplaix

    as Policeman in Orly
  • Robert Duranton

    as CRS in Orly
  • Malek Kateb

    as Aziz, Farès henchman
  • Michel Fortin

    as Biker policeman
  • Micheline Kahn

    as Hannah
  • El Kebir

    as Farès henchman
  • Pierre Koulak

    as Omar, Farès henchman
  • Alix Mahieux

    as Patient at the dentist
  • Maria Gabriella Maione

    as Olivia, dentist's secretary
  • Catherine Marshall

    as Female model
  • Jean-Jacques Moreau

    as Police biker
  • Yves Peneau

  • André Penvern

    as Assistant to Andréani
  • Denise Péronne

    as General, mother of Alexander
  • Roger Riffard

    as Assistant to Andréani
  • Michel Robin

    as Priest of the Invalides
  • Dominique Zardi

    as Cook of "L'Etoile de Kiev"
  • Ari Aricardi

    as Man rue des Rosiers (uncredited)
  • Baaron

    as Participant in the black wedding (uncredited)
  • Charles Bayard

    as Wedding guest (uncredited)
  • Christine Boisson

    as Wedding guest (uncredited)
  • Guy Bonnafoux

    as Man rue des Rosiers (uncredited)
  • Robert Chevrigny

    as Wedding guest (uncredited)
  • Jérôme Deschamps

    as Friend of Alexandre (uncredited)
  • Robert Favart

    as Wedding guest (uncredited)
  • Marcel Gassouk

    as Butcher (uncredited)
  • Robert Le Béal

    as Wedding guest (uncredited)
  • Olivier Lejeune

    as Friend of Alexandre (uncredited)
  • Francis Lemaire

    as Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Paul Mercey

    as Vindictive motorist (uncredited)
  • Clément Michu

    as Policeman in front of the church (uncredited)
  • Frédéric Norbert

    as Flower delivery man (uncredited)
  • Jacques Pisias

    as Policeman in Orly (uncredited)
  • Vincent Ropion

    as Child invited to the wedding (uncredited)
  • Annick Roux

    as Ground hostess (uncredited)
  • Zvee Scooler

    as New York Rabbi (uncredited)
  • Raymonde Vattier

    as Marquise (uncredited)
  • Pierre Vaudier

    as Master of ceremonies (uncredited)
Sound Vladimir Cosma Original Music Composer
Art Théobald Meurisse Production Design
Production Bertrand Javal Producer
Writing Gérard Oury Screenplay
Camera Henri Decaë Director of Photography
Editing Albert Jurgenson Editor
Writing Josy Eisenberg Screenplay
Directing Gérard Oury Director
Writing Danièle Thompson Screenplay
Production Gérard Beytout Producer
Costume & Make-Up Jean-Pierre Eychenne Makeup Artist
Sound William Robert Sivel Sound
Writing Roberto De Leonardis Writer