Trivia / Les Visiteurs

  • Acting for Two: Several characters' descendants/ancestors are played by the same actors and actresses (see the Identical Grandson entry for the complete list). Christian Clavier really takes the cake, as he acts for four in The Corridors of Time.
  • Box Office Bomb: In France, 5 million cinema ticket sales were needed for The Revolution to start being profitable. It made only slightly above 2 million.
  • Dawson Casting: Valérie Lemercier was 29 and played the daughter of a duke on her wedding day in Middle Ages. Medieval girls used to get married when they were much younger and had children well before they hit their twenties. Unless she's a widow but this is unlikely.
    • In The Revolution, the 45 years old Sylvie Testud plays Charlotte Robespierre (who was 33 in 1793) and 53 years old Nicolas Vaude plays a 34 years old Maximilien Robespierre.
  • Deleted Scenes: The Corridors of Time has 17 minutes worth of deleted scenes. See here.
  • Development Hell: With a whopping 18 years Sequel Gap between The Corridors of Time and The Revolution, it was a given. The failure of the American-French produced remake nearly destroyed Gaumont (the film series' production companynote ) in the early 2000s and was certainly a factor that hindered hopes of a second sequel for a long time.
  • The Other Darrin: Frénégonde and Béatrice were played by Valérie Lemercier in the first film. She didn't like the sequel's script and refused to reprise the roles, so Muriel Robin replaced her.
    • Didier Pain played King Louis VI the Fat in the first film. Patrick Descamps played him in The Revolution.
  • Production Posse: Besides Les Visiteurs, Christian Clavier worked with director Jean-Marie Poiré in Le Père Noël est une ordure (Santa Claus Is a Stinker), Papy fait de la Résistance (Gramps Is in the Resistance), Twist again in Moscow, Mes Meilleurs copains (My Best Pals), Operation Corned Beef and Les Anges Gardiens (Guardian Angels).
    • Besides Les Visiteurs and its remake, Christian Clavier and Jean Reno were paired in Operation Corned Beef and The Corsican Investigation.
    • For The Revolution, Christian Clavier personally decided to cast several actors who appeared alongside him in Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu? (Serial (Bad) Weddings), namely Ary Abittan, Pascal Nzonzi and Frédérique Bel.
  • Real-Life Relative: Christian Clavier (Jacquouille/Jacquart) and Marie-Anne Chazel (Ginette) were married for 10 years when the first film came out (they have divorced since).
  • Role Reprisal: Jean Reno and Christian Clavier reprised their role in The Revolution 18 years after The Corridors of Time.
  • Sequel Gap: The Revolution came out after a whopping 18 years gap to start where The Corridors of Time left off.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: Based on Jacquouille's Catch Phrase "OH-KAYYYYY!". Unlike most examples of this trope, this one came out way before the Internet became widespread as, believe it or not, it was actually released as a single in 1993. See here.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Whenever Jacquouille and his descendants meet (all played by Christian Clavier).
    • In The Corridors of Time, Jacquart is locked in a rats-infested dungeon and a smelly peasant named "Prosper the Manure Gatherer" (who happens to be Jacquouille's brother) brings him food. Both are played by Christian Clavier, again.
    • The Corridors of Time has a deleted scene where Jacquouille talks to Prosper.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The first and second film are slowly shaping up into this as The '90s are getting further and further away. The most blatant outdated things yet are cathode ray tubes televisions, VHS cassettes and Polaroid instant cameras.
    • People buying things in francs (the French currency at the time). The franc was gradually replaced by the euro, starting in 1999. Read more here.
  • Working Title: The Revolution was initially called La Terreur (The Terror, as in Reign of Terror) before the change was made in late 2015.
  • Written by Cast Member: Christian Clavier wrote all the films' screenplays and played Jacquouille and his descendants.


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