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Le Gendarme et les extra-terrestres (The Gendarme and the Extra-Terrestrials) is a 1979 French Science Fiction comedy film starring Louis de Funès and Michel Galabru, and the fifth installment of the Gendarme de Saint-Tropez series.

Cruchot has discovered that aliens have arrived in the town in a Flying Saucer. The aliens (which are made of metal) can duplicate the forms of humans and have telekinetic powers. They promptly impersonate the policemen, which soon creates confusion.


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Le Gendarme et les extra-terrestres provides examples of:

  • The '70s: This is a 1979 film.
  • Accidental Pervert: Cruchot jumps on the back of a young American tourist in bikini, because he thinks she is an alien and he wants to handcuff her. Both Josépha and the tourist's husband catch him in this strange position.
  • The Alcoholic: The American tourist who hides alcohol in her suntan oil bottle.
  • Alien Invasion: Infiltration type. The aliens can impersonate whoever they want.
  • Alien Lunch: They drink oil.
  • Da Chief: The Colonel (Jacques François).
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Fougasse and Merlot are not there any more and nobody notices.
  • Coming in Hot: The gendarmes perform an emergency water landing with the flying saucer in the end, after nearly crashing into Saint-Tropez and disrupting the parade.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The flying saucer keeps on landing in the exact same place and the gendarmes are always there when it does.
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  • Disguised in Drag: Cruchot disguises himself as a nun to avoid being caught by Gerber (the whole brigade thinks he is crazy and wants to keep him locked).
  • Drives Like Crazy:
    • Josépha in the opening sequence. Even a police roadblock cannot stop her.
    • Sister Clotilde (France Rumilly), who is now Mother Superior, is back.
  • Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: The aliens quickly rust when exposed to water, being made of metal. The brigade simply assaults them with backpack water sprayers.
  • Eureka Moment: Cruchot is the one coming up with the idea on how to defeat the titular "Extra-terrestrials'':
    Ludovic Cruchot: RUSTED! THAT'S IT... WE GOT THEM! WE GOT THEM MY ADJUDANT! THEY RUST!
    Gerber: And then?
    Cruchot: THEY RUST! WE GOT THEM!
    Gerber: But how do we spot them among the population?
    Cruchot: The shower!
  • Fanservice: The beach scene, with the aliens impersonating three young women in blue bikini and the American tourist.
  • Flying Saucer: The aliens fly one and the gendarmes make a copy of it.
  • Genre Shift: The previous films were comedies set in a fairly normal universe. This one goes fully Science Fiction, with an Alien Invasion and what comes with it.
  • Humanshifting: The aliens can impersonate whoever they want.
  • In a Single Bound: The three aliens in bikini can jump very high.
  • Kill It with Water: The aliens rust and soon die if they are sprayed with water.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: The aliens are made of metal and they rust.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: Because of the aliens' ability to take human form, it happens countless times.
    • Cruchot thinks Gerber is an alien. He makes him drink oil and then he stabs him in the buttocks.
    • Cruchot then thinks that the colonel is an alien. He stabs him in the buttocks.
    • Cruchot later thinks an American tourist is an alien. So he jumps on her back to handcuff her.
  • Mundane Solution: Backpack water sprayers to kill nigh invincible aliens.
  • Nuns Are Funny: There is a whole sequence in the convent with Cruchot disguised as a nun for extra fun.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Cruchot dons a nun habit, he hides his face behind his hand and he pulls faces and this is enough to be unrecognisable by Gerber.
  • Properly Paranoid: Knowing the aliens are made of metal, Cruchot tries to stung random people in order to bust them — but everyone think he is just crazy.
  • Punk in the Trunk: Two gendarmes are trapped in Josépha's trunk in the opening sequence.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Beaupied and later Cruchot recite a personal version of The Fox and the Crow by Jean de La Fontaine. Of course this is to flatter their superior.
    • Tricard, Berlicot and Taupin recite Les Bijoux by poet Charles Baudelaire after kissing the aliens.
  • Shrug Take: When the gendarmes notice that their cranium makes a metallic sound when they knock on it.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Beaupied (Maurice Risch) and Taupin (Jean-Pierre Rambal) replace Fougasse (Jean Lefebvre) and Merlot (Christian Marin).
  • Yes-Man: Beaupied towards Cruchot and Cruchot towards Gerber. They both recite the same poetry for their superior.
  • Zeerust: The flying saucers, the watches of the aliens...

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