The Wing or the Thigh

The Wing or the Thigh, from the French L'aile ou la cuisse (French pronunciation: [lɛɥis]) is a 1976 French comedy film directed by Claude Zidi, starring Louis de Funès and Coluche.

The Wing or the Thigh
Directed byClaude Zidi
Produced byChristian Fechner
Written byClaude Zidi
Michel Fabre
StarringLouis de Funès
Claude Gensac
Julien Guiomar
Martin Lamotte
Ann Zacharias
CinematographyWladimir Ivanov
Claude Renoir
Edited byRobert Isnardon
Monique Isnardon
Distributed byFilms Christian Fechner, TriStar Pictures (North America)
Release date
27 October 1976
Running time
104 minutes
Box office$43.8 million[1]


Charles Duchemin (Louis de Funès) is the editor of an internationally known restaurant guide. After being appointed to the Académie française, Duchemin decides to retire as a restaurant critic and trains his son Gérard (Coluche) to continue the family business. However, Gérard Duchemin is more interested in his true passion—the circus—than high cuisine. Soon, however, Charles' plans to retire are complicated by the arrival of Jacques Tricatel (Julien Guiomar), the owner of a company of mass-produced food. Fearing for the future of high cuisine, Charles and his son strive to ruin Tricatel's company in any way they can. This movie is an allegory of the antagonism between USA culture and French culture as it was seen by French people in the 70s.


Critical reception

The film received a mixed critical reception.


The film received a Goldene Leinwand (Golden Screen) in Germany in 1978.[2]



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