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Film: La Grande Vadrouille

La Grande Vadrouille (The Great Stroll) is a 1966 French war comedy directed by Gérard Oury, starring Louis de Funès, Bourvil and Terry-Thomas. The US release title was Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At! It went on to become the most successful movie at the French box office with 17 millions cinema admissions until it was topped by Titanic (almost 22 millions) in 1998, and remained the most successful French movie at the French box office until it was topped by Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (20 millions) in 2008.

Summer 1942. Over Nazi-occupied France, a Royal Air Force B17 Flying Fortress becomes lost after a mission and is shot down over Paris by German Flak. The crew, Sir Reginald Brook (Terry-Thomas), Peter Cunningham and Alan MacIntosh, parachutes out over the city, where they run into and are hidden by a house painter, Augustin Bouvet (Bourvil), and the grumbling conductor of the Opéra National de Paris, Stanislas Lefort (Louis de Funès). Involuntarily, Lefort and Bouvet get themselves tangled up in the manhunt against the aviators led by Wehrmacht Major Achbach as they help the airmen to reach the Free Zone with the help of Résistance fighters and sympathizers.


La Grande Vadrouille provides examples of the following tropes:


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Black MarketWorks Set in World War IILacombe, Lucien
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