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San Antonio (2004)

While a terrorist epidemy strikes the world leaders, the commissaire San-Antonio and his partner, the lieutenant Bérurier, have to escort the French ambassador in a British hotel. But after... See full summary »

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Frédéric Dard (novels) (as San-Antonio), Laurent Touil-Tartour
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Lanvin ... Antoine San-Antonio
Gérard Depardieu ... Lieutenant Alexandre-Benoît Bérurier
Lucy Harrison Lucy Harrison ... La masseuse
Patrick Médioni Patrick Médioni ... Van Gogh
Valeria Golino ... L'Italienne / The Italian woman
Marc Faure Marc Faure ... Son Excellence
Michèle Bernier ... Berthe Bérurier
Marie-Thérèse Arène Marie-Thérèse Arène ... Félicie
Bill Barclay Bill Barclay ... L'Écossais
Nick Hobbs ... Lord Kensington
Michel Galabru ... Achille, le chef de la police (chief of police)
Vanessa Guedj ... La soubrette
Robert Hossein ... Le ministre de l'intérieur / The Minister
Guilhem Pellegrin Guilhem Pellegrin ... Le secrétaire de l'Elysée
Jérémie Renier ... Toinet San-Antonio (San-Antonio's son)
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While a terrorist epidemy strikes the world leaders, the commissaire San-Antonio and his partner, the lieutenant Bérurier, have to escort the French ambassador in a British hotel. But after a negligence of Bérurier (one more little sex affair...), San-Antonio witnessed, helpless, to the ambassador's abduction, organized by a gorgeous Italian girl. Back to Paris, San-Antonio is dismissed by the police chief, Achille Hachille. A real godsend for Bérurier, who get promoted... But soon, the situation degenerates, when the president of the Republic mysteriously disappears. Immediate reaction from Police Minister : San-Antonio is the only one who can save the day. He has 48 hours and a secret squad to find the president. At the Elysée, San-Antonio finds Bérurier, the official investigator. But now, it's every man for himself : who will be the first to find the President ? There are multiple trails: terrorists, unscrupulous banks, international dealers, dishonest politicians, pretty woman ... Written by Sylvain Larue

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Action | Comedy

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Official Sites:

Pathé [France]

Country:

France | Italy | UK

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

21 July 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

San-Antonio See more »

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Budget:

€30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$249,388 (France), 30 July 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

'Gerard Depardieu' was the first choice to play San-Antonio, but it was obvious that he was perfect for the character of Bérurier. See more »

Goofs

Around 00:23:13, San-Antonio is holding his gun with two hands. On the next shot, he's holding it with one hand. See more »

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Follows San-Antonio ne pense qu'à ça (1981) See more »

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San Antonio is definitely not James Bond
16 April 2005 | by Red-125See all my reviews

San Antonio (2004), directed by Frédéric Auburtin, was shown at the 2005 Cinefranco Film Festival in Toronto. (www.cinefranco.com)

The film is an uninspired, weak takeoff on the James Bond movies. Bond, of course, is considered highly desirable by the attractive women he meets. San Antonio's attractions are apparently far beyond Bond's level--almost every woman he meets will do whatever San Antonio wishes just for the privilege of a few moments of bliss in his arms.

The film goes beyond being sexist--it's painfully misogynistic in a unpleasant way that I didn't find funny.

The single--but interesting--redeeming feature of the movie was the fact that San Antonio has a partner--Lieutenant Alexandre-Benoît Bérurier, played by Gérard Depardieu.

It's worth the price of admission--almost--to see Depardieu cast against type as the flabby, slothful, bumbling sidekick to the handsome, competent San Antonio.

If you can ignore the plot and concentrate on Depardieu's acting, you could possibly enjoy this film. Otherwise, stay away.


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