'''''Les Visiteurs''''' (''The Visitors'') is a classic French FishOutOfTemporalWater comedy film released in 1993, starring Creator/JeanReno, Christian Clavier and Valérie Lemercier.

In the year [[TheHighMiddleAges 1123]], Godefroy (a proud French knight) saves the life of his king and is rewarded with the title of Count of Montmirail and is given leave to marry his betrothed. On his way home, he finds and captures a witch, taking her prisoner to be judged and burnt alive. She slips a poison into his drink, causing him to hallucinate, and when he returns to see his betrothed running towards him pursued by her father, he thinks she's being chased by a bear, [[BoomHeadShot shooting him dead]] with his crossbow. The wedding obviously called off (and his servant Jacquouille stealing and hiding jewels from the corpse), Godefroy consults his father's magician to travel back in time to prevent the accidental killing. Unfortunately, the mage screws up, sending Godefroy and Jacquouille several hundred years into the future.

Once the two wake up, their medieval outlook on life quickly get into trouble and are caught by the police, released into the custody of Beatrice, the Countess of Montmirail and Godefroy's descendant, who mistakes Godefroy for a long-lost cousin who looks exactly like him. The two return to the castle, which has been modified in the 18th century and turned into a luxury hotel by Jacquard, Jacquouille's own descendant. Godefroy searches the castle for clues the mage might have left in the dungeons, while Jacquouille goes to the chapel to retrieve the stolen jewelry. Godefroy obtains the recipe for returning to his own time, but Jacquouille refuses, having found himself a girlfriend. Godefroy brings him back by force, but Jacquouille tricks Jacquard into drinking the potion.

The movie ends with Godefroy successfully fighting off the witch's potion and [[BoomHeadshot shooting her]] with his crossbow, saving his marriage to be, Jacquouille living a happy life with his girlfriend in the 1990's, and the unfortunate Jacquard stranded in the past.

There is a sequel ('''''The Visitors II: The Corridors of Time''''') in which Jacquard and Jacquouille are returned to their rightful times just to find out that Jacquouille [[StableTimeLoop created a temporal paradox]] by stealing Beatrice's father's jewels, and an American remake, Film/JustVisiting (''Les Visiteurs en Amérique'').

As of May 2013, Christian Clavier is working on a screenplay for a third movie, which will ignore the remake.

!!''Les Visiteurs'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ArrowCam
* BawdySong:
-->''[[GroinAttack Et on lui pelera le jonc]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-URl0PmKqyQ comme au bailli du Limousin]]\\
On l'a pendu avec ses tripes!''
* BurnTheWitch
** Godefroy is returning home when he hears of a witch living on his lands, he and his men then decide to raid her hideout.
-->'''Godefroy''': One does not torture women on my lands. Burning her will be enough!
** Jacquard is sentenced to be burnt for sorcery by an inquisitor in the sequel.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Jacquard. His hotel is invaded by smelly uncivilized men from Middle Ages while he's trying to impress important foreign guests, his car gets destroyed, he gets sent to a time period full of aforementioned smelly uncivilized people ... Things go FromBadToWorse in the sequel, as he is almost [[BurnTheWitch burnt alive]] and gets tortured by an inquistor who forces him to drink huge quantities of water, which makes him piss endlessly afterwards. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And he caught scabies.]]
%% ConspicuousCG is an animation trope and not relevant here.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
** Godefroy inverts it for most of the film, only to finally get his stuff together at the end for a major MomentOfAwesome.
** Jacqouille during the Burgundian raid on Godefroy's fief in the sequel.
* CurbStompBattle: Godefroy is surrounded by a French riot squad and while [[LastStand giving a valiant defence]], his sword and shield are no match for their modern shields and batons. Eventually he is tackled and given Valium to be subdued.
* DanceLine: In the American remake, there's a scene towards the end of the film which ushers [[spoiler:Hunter being discovered]].
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: [[JustifiedTrope Obviously]], from the black postal worker being called a Moor/Saracen to Jacquouille's refusing to sit at the table like the high-born folks.
* TheDungAges: Our heroes carry the traditional garb of their time (meaning they '''STINK'''), and the first thing Beatrice's dentist husband notices is the horrible state of their teeth. Godefroy convinces Jacquouille that his body is rotting when he tells him to breathe on an unsuspecting person, the horrified reaction sends Jacquouille to devour toothpaste.
* EpicFlail: Godefroy uses a mace to destroy a "devil's cart" (a postal van).
* [[EternalEnglish Eternal French]]: Godefroy and Jacquouille have no problems communicating in the [=20th=] century.
* EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth: Averted in the French movies, played straight in the American remake.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: The two main characters are scared and confused by modern concepts, such as cars, planes, television, charging into churches bellowing "SANCTUARY!" no longer being an appropriate response to the law... And reversed when two of the modern characters are sent back in time.
* ForeignRemake: The Visitors [[CulturalTranslation IN AMERICA]]!
* FountainOfYouth: The witch Godefroy captured in the beginning of the movie gave an old woman one of her potions, causing her to transform into a younger (but just as ugly) woman.
* GolfClubbing: Jean-Pierre uses his golf club this way in the sequel.
* GroinAttack: Godefroy grabs a doctor by the groin and pins him against the wall.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Among other examples, ''baiser'' used to mean "kiss", while in modern French it means, well, "fuck". Also, to mean the act of washing Godefroy uses the word ''lavement'', which means "enema".
** One gag stems from the double meaning of "maîtresse", a transparent cognate of "mistress", both in its somewhat antiquated meaning of "female master" and that of "extra-marital lover". Jacquouille describes Béatrice, who he mistakes for Dame Frénégonde, as his "mistress" to "Dame" Ginette. The latter reacts by calling her a stuck-up "poufiasse" (insult vaguely similar in register to "bitch" or "slag"). Unaware of the word's meaning, Jacquouille takes it for a honorific and proceeds to actually call Godefroy's descendant, "Dame Béatrice la Pouffiasse".
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: King Louis VI of France (also known as Louis VI [[TheMagnificent the Fat]]).
* IdenticalGrandson: Played by the same actors, obviously.
** Godefroy's descendant Beatrice is the spitting image of his betrothed Frénégonde.
** Jacquouille and Jacquard's uncanny resemblance is commented on (everyone thinks Jacquouille is Jacquard's incredibly embarrassing and socially ignorant brother, no matter how much Jacquard denies it).
** Godefroy is at first thought to be the family's long-lost cousin Hubert, [[NoodleIncident presumably dead in a race car driver in Borneo.]]
** Also the wizard and his descendant.
* IdiotBall: The magician forgot one main ingredient (quail eggs) of the potion, sending Godefroy and Jacquouille to the 20th century instead of sending them a few days back in time.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: According to Jacquouille, the magic potion "tastes like pig dung". [[FridgeLogic One can only wonders how does he know what pig dung tastes like]], but Jacquouille being Jacquouille...
* JabbaTableManners: Frénégonde's father.
"Father, you promised you wouldn't ''burp'' at dinner!"\\
* LingerieScene
* MedievalMorons: Godefroy and Jacquouille destroy a postal van, believing it to be sorcerous. In another scene, they drink from the toilet, not understanding how faucets work, and bathe fully clothed.
** Jacquouille is this all the way. However, he is [[StreetSmart wood smart]].
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: When first going to the castle, a large ring on Godfroy's finger begins smoking and shaking, as does its temporally stable version in a display case in the castle. As they get closer, the two rings burst free and fly off towards each other, colliding in midair and setting fire on Jacquard's car.
* NightmareFuel: Godefroy's hallucinations and the TimeTravel transformations with major UncannyValley component. In-universe, the appearance of the rot-toothed hobo-lookalike heroes sends Beatrice's children screaming.
* OffWithHisHead: The English knight who ambushes the French king and Godefroy at the beginning. The king's sword strike only beheads his armor, because he retracted his head inside the breastplate. He reveals his head, and then Godefroy's strike successfully beheads him. The headless corpse wanders for a few seconds and collapses.
* RunningGag: The postman.
* ScaryBlackMan: The postman scares Jacquouille away believing him to be a Saracen in a devil-cart.
* SeekingSanctuary: "ASILE! ASILE!"
* ShoutOut: Numerous stylistic references to ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', right down to the music, which is a [[MusicalPastiche blatant pastiche]]. Lampshaded by Dame Ginette rambling about "that tall good-looking guy who rides horses like [[Creator/KevinCostner Kewin Costère]] !"
** BilingualBonus to the extent that the group {{Era}} who provided much of the soundtrack specialized in OminousLatinChanting... despite ''not actually singing in Latin'' but in Latinish-sounding gibberish: the lyrics were ''meant'' to have no definite meaning. In this sense it's a bit of a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] of the obligatory OminousLatinChanting in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''.
* SuperStrength: Godefroy {{Neck Lift}}s a hospital orderly with no trouble.
* TakeThat: The French riot police are infamous in France for being very brutal (they are employed as lifeguards, viewed by some as serious overkill).
* MoralGuardian / SourPrude: Valérie Lemercier as Béatrice portrayed this so well that today, many French people's image of what's left of the nobility [[note]]stereotypically [[ChristianityIsCatholic religious]], speaking with an unusual accent and vocabulary, and comically out of touch with contemporary life (whatever the era in which they are depicted), often giving the impression that they, themselves, are also Visiteurs)[[/note]] basically amounts to Dame Béatrice exasperatedly addressing Jacquouille as "Monsieur Ouille". "Couille" is slang for testicle -- one sub translated Jacquouille's name as "Jackass" and had Béatrice calling him "Mr. Kaas", which achieves a similar effect.
** Additionally, for the same reasons, Clavier as Jacquard pretty much embodies the "nouveau riche" archetype[[note]]recent bourgeoisie, typically with working-class backgrounds and distinctly "low-class" mannerisms who tend to marry into cash-strapped nobility for the prestige of the name[[/note]].
* TimeTravel
* TimeyWimeyBall: Because we can see Godefroy and Jacquouille's descendants in the present, a GenreSavvy viewer may believe the whole thing is a StableTimeLoop (granted the "timeline replacement" bit near the end of the movie, is only there to motivate Godefroy)... Except there's the whole infamous ring scene, where the two "Bague du Hardi" from the past and the present fuse together. It makes no logical sense and, even granted "AWizardDidIt", MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext. Apparently, that an only ring could be present in two samples at a time because of TimeTravel was found a logical paradox by the writers, never mind that it only applies to the ring and to nothing else in the film. In short, it's pure VoodooShark.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Godefroy is an all-around sword-swinging {{Badass}}, but he gets carsick.
* WorldOfHam
* WouldHitAGirl: The English duke, who backhands his treacherous niece while wearing steel gauntlets and shoots her chaperone at point-blank range with a crossbow.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: The dialogues are full of butchered Old French.