Initial releaseNovember 22, 1978 (France) ScreenplayChristian Clavier, Michel Blanc, Thierry Lhermitte CastChristian Clavier (Jerome), Michel Blanc (Jean-Claude Dusse), Thierry Lhermitte (Popeye), Josiane Balasko (Nathalie Morin), Gerard Jugnot (Bernard Morin) Similar moviesDirected by Patrice Leconte, Michel Blanc movies, France movies
French Fried Vacation (Les Bronzés) is a cult 1978 French comedy film directed by Patrice Leconte. The film satirizes life at holiday resorts such as Club Med. It is one of many films by the French troupe Le Splendid. Josiane Balasko, Michel Blanc, Marie-Anne Chazel, Gérard Jugnot, Thierry Lhermitte and Christian Clavier wrote and created together the play "Amours, Coquillages et Crustacés", and drew the scenario for Les Bronzés from this café-théâtre piece. The film has achieved cult status in France, where it sold 2.2 million tickets during its initial theatrical release.
It was followed by two sequels, also directed by Patrice Leconte: Les Bronzés font du ski (1979) and Les Bronzés 3: Amis pour la vie (2006)
Gigi, Jerome, Christiane, Jean-Claude, and Bernard visit a resort in the Ivory Coast, the Club Med village of Assinie. Bernard subsequently meets up with his wife, Nathalie, who has already spent a week there, and they are all welcomed by Popeye and the eccentric emcees, Bobo and Bourseault. The film follows the humorous couplings and uncouplings of the group, and especially Popeye's attempt to seduce record numbers of women and, in stark contrast, Jean-Claude's failure to seduce even one.
Josiane Balasko as Nathalie Morin
Gérard Jugnot as Bernard Morin
Marie-Anne Chazel as Gigi
Christian Clavier as Docteur Jerome Tarere
Michel Blanc as Jean-Claude Dusse
Thierry Lhermitte as Popeye
Luis Rego as Bobo
Martin Lamotte as Miguel
Dominique Lavanant as Christiane
Bruno Moynot as Gilbert Sellman
Michel Creton as Bourseault
Guy Laporte as Marcus
Although the movie depicts the adventures of a group of GOs and GMs at Club Med Assinie, the shooting was made mostly at Valtur village Les Paletuviers, next to the Club Med resort.