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Produced by
  
Alain Poiré

Music by
  
Vladimir Cosma

Edited by
  
Georges Klotz

Director
  
Francis Veber

Budget
  
12.5 million FRF

7.7/10
IMDb

5/5
Amazon

Written by
  
Francis Veber

Cinematography
  
Luciano Tovoli

Initial release
  
15 April 1998 (Belgium)

Screenplay
  
Francis Veber

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Starring
  
Jacques Villeret Thierry Lhermitte Francis Huster Daniel Prévost Alexandra Vandernoot Catherine Frot

Awards
  
César Award for Best Actor

Cast
  
Jacques Villeret, Thierry Lhermitte, Francis Huster, Daniel Prévost, Catherine Frot

Similar
  
Dinner movies, Directed by Francis Veber, Comedies

The Dinner Game (original title: Le Dîner de Cons - English: "Dinner of Fools") is a 1998 French comedy film written and directed by Francis Veber. It is a film adaptation by Veber of his play Le Dîner de Cons.

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Plot

Pierre Brochant, a Parisian publisher, attends a weekly "idiots' dinner", where guests, who are modish, prominent Parisian businessmen, must bring along an "idiot" who the other guests can ridicule. At the end of the dinner, the evening's "champion idiot" is selected.

With the help of an "idiot scout", Brochant manages to find a "gem", François Pignon, a sprightly employee of the Finance Ministry (which Brochant, a tax cheat, loathes) that has a passion for building replicas of landmarks with matchsticks. Shortly after inviting Pignon to his home, Brochant is suddenly stricken with dorsalgia while playing golf at his exclusive country club. His wife, Christine, leaves him shortly before Pignon arrives at his apartment, as she realizes that he still wants to go to the "idiots' dinner." Brochant initially wants Pignon to leave, but instead becomes reliant on him, because of his back problem and his need to resolve his relationship problems.

He solicits Pignon's assistance in making a series of telephone calls to locate his wife, but Pignon gaffes each time, including revealing the existence of Brochant's mistress, Marlene Sasseur (thinking that she is Brochant's sister, since her name sounds like "sa soeur"), to his wife Christine and inviting Lucien Cheval, a tax inspector, to Brochant's house where, in an attempt to disguise his tax evasion, Brochant is forced to quickly hide most of his valuables.

In the meantime, Brochant is able to make amends with an old friend, Juste Leblanc, from whom he stole Christine, and through the evening's events is forced to reassess his mistakes.

Cast

  • Jacques Villeret as François Pignon
  • Thierry Lhermitte as Pierre Brochant
  • Francis Huster as Juste Leblanc
  • Daniel Prévost as Lucien Cheval
  • Alexandra Vandernoot as Christine Brochant
  • Catherine Frot as Marlène Sasseur
  • Edgar Givry as Jean Cordier
  • Daniel Russo as Pascal Meneaux
  • Bernard Alane as Pascal Meneaux's voice
  • Christian Pereirra as Dr. Sorbier
  • Pétronille Moss as Mademoiselle Blond
  • Accolades

    At the 1999 César Awards, the film was honored with six nominations of which it won three. The categories where it won were Best Actor for Jacques Villeret, Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Prévost and Best Screenplay for Francis Veber. It was nominated but did not win for Best Film, Veber as Best Director and Catherine Frot as Best Supporting Actress.

    Other adaptations

  • The Hindi cinema remake, Bheja Fry, was released on 13 April 2007.
  • A Kannada film titled Mr. Garagasa starring Komal and Anant Nag released in summer of 2008.
  • A Malayalam adaptation titled April Fool was released in 2010.
  • An American remake starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd called Dinner for Schmucks was released on 30 July 2010.
  • A Chinese remake of the film comes in the form of a stage show at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre starring Canadian freelance performer Dashan as Pierre Brochant.
  • An English adaptation in 2003, a play by Ronald Harwood called See You Next Tuesday and starring Ardal O'Hanlon in its original run.
  • References

    The Dinner Game Wikipedia


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