The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)

Original Title: Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob

Comedy, Crime, Made in Europe
1h 40min
Age rating


Louis de Funès
Victor Pivert
Suzy Delair
Germaine Pivert
Marcel Dalio
Rabbi Jacob
Claude Giraud
Mohamed Larbi Slimane / Rabbi Zeiligman
Janet Brandt
Tzipé Schmoll, grandmother
Xavier Gélin
Alexandre, general's son
Henri Guybet
Salomon, Pivert's driver
Moishe Schmoll
Antoinette Pivert
Claude Piéplu
Divisional Commissioner Andreani
Paul Bisciglia
Pump attendant
Philippe Brigaud
Deputy Minister
Gérard Darmon
Farès henchman
Michel Duplaix
Policeman in Orly
Malek Kateb
Aziz, Farès henchman
Michel Fortin
Biker policeman
El Kebir
Farès henchman
Pierre Koulak
Omar, Farès henchman
Alix Mahieux
Patient at the dentist
Maria Gabriella Maione
Olivia, dentist's secretary
André Penvern
Assistant to Andréani
Denise Péronne
General, mother of Alexander
Roger Riffard
Assistant to Andréani
Michel Robin
Priest of the Invalides
Dominique Zardi
Cook of "L'Etoile de Kiev"
Ari Aricardi
Man rue des Rosiers (uncredited)
Participant in the black wedding (uncredited)
Charles Bayard
Wedding guest (uncredited)
Christine Boisson
Wedding guest (uncredited)
Guy Bonnafoux
Man rue des Rosiers (uncredited)
Robert Chevrigny
Wedding guest (uncredited)
Jérôme Deschamps
Friend of Alexandre (uncredited)
Robert Favart
Wedding guest (uncredited)
Marcel Gassouk
Butcher (uncredited)
Robert le Béal
Wedding guest (uncredited)
Olivier Lejeune
Friend of Alexandre (uncredited)
Francis Lemaire
Sergeant (uncredited)
Paul Mercey
Vindictive motorist (uncredited)
Clément Michu
Policeman in front of the church (uncredited)
Frédéric Norbert
Flower delivery man (uncredited)
Jacques Pisias
Policeman in Orly (uncredited)
Vincent Ropion
Child invited to the wedding (uncredited)
Annick Roux
Ground hostess (uncredited)
Zvee Scooler
New York Rabbi (uncredited)
Raymonde Vattier
Marquise (uncredited)
Pierre Vaudier
Master of ceremonies (uncredited)


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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