La Grande Vadrouille

La Grande Vadrouille (French pronunciation: [la ɡʁɑ̃d vaˈdʁuj]; literally "The Great Stroll"; originally released in the United States as Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At!) is a 1966 French comedy film about two ordinary Frenchmen helping the crew of a Royal Air Force bomber shot down over Paris make their way through German-occupied France to escape arrest.

La Grande Vadrouille
French theatrical release poster
Directed byGérard Oury
Produced byRobert Dorfmann
Written byMarcel Jullian
Gérard Oury
Danièle Thompson
Georges Tabet
André Tabet
Louis de Funès
Claudio Brook
Music byGeorges Auric
Hector Berlioz
CinematographyAndré Domage
Alain Douarinou
Claude Renoir
Edited byAlbert Jurgenson
Release date
1 December 1966
Running time
132 minutes
United Kingdom
Budget$2.3 million
Box office$33 million (France)[1]

For over forty years La Grande Vadrouille was the most successful French film in France, topping the box office with over 17,200,000 cinema admissions. It remains the fifth most successful film ever in France (on the basis of admissions), of any nationality, behind the 1997 version of Titanic, French hits Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (2008) and Intouchables (2011), which were seen by over 19,000,000 cinemagoers and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.[2][3]


Summer 1942. Over German-occupied France, a Royal Air Force bomber becomes lost after a mission and is shot down over Paris by German flak. Three of the crew, Sir Reginald, Peter Cunningham and Alan MacIntosh, parachute out over the city, where they run into and are hidden by a house painter, Augustin Bouvet, a puppet show operator, Juliette, and the grumbling conductor of the Opéra National de Paris, Stanislas Lefort. Involuntarily, Lefort, Juliette and Bouvet get themselves tangled up in the manhunt against the aviators led by Wehrmacht Major Achbach as they help the airmen to escape to the free zone with the help of Resistance fighters and sympathisers.



The film was made by the same team (Oury, Bourvil and de Funès) who did the enormously successful The Sucker (1965).[4]


The film was the most popular of 1966 at the French box office (and the most popular and highest-grossing of all-time) with admissions of 17,275,169 and a gross of $32,994,000.[1] (This was almost twice as much as the second most popular, Dr Zhivago, which had 9,816,305 admissions and a gross of $16,536,000.)[5][1]

The film features in the 2018 film Roma.

See also


  1. "Biggest Grossers In France Over The Last 18 Yrs". Variety. May 12, 1976. p. 268.
  2. Data on fr:Allociné
  3. "Les Ch'tis plus forts que La Grande vadrouille", Olivier Corriez, TF1
  4. "La Grande Vadrouille". Box Office Story.
  5. "1966 French box office". Box Office Story.
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