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Trivia / Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez

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  • Actor Allusion: The opening of the first movie has Cruchot chasing after a chicken thief in a rural setting. This is quite similar to the setup of a former Louis de Funès movie, Ni vu, ni connu, although he had the role of the poacher in this one.
  • Author Existence Failure: Jean Girault, the longtime director of the franchise, died of tuberculosis while filming The Gendarme and the Gendarmettes in 1982. The death of Louis de Funès the following year ended it for good.
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  • Reality Subtext: The beginning of the first film, with Cruchot being promoted from gendarme in a small alpine village to sergeant in the town of Saint-Tropez, nicely reflects Louis de Funès's rise from minor roles to first billing with this movie. Further reinforced by the Deliberately Monochrome opening (most of his movies prior to this one being in black and white).
  • What Could Have Been: While being panned by critics (as usual in the franchise), The Gendarme and the Gendarmettes was a smash hit in France the year it came out. The producers considered a seventh film despite the death of director Jean Girault (some sources evoked Japan as a possible setting), but the death of Louis de Funès put an end to their hopes.
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  • You Look Familiar: Mario David plays Frédo le boucher in Le Gendarme se marie. In Le Gendarme et les extra-terrestres, he plays a guy who steals an oil can.


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