As “Les Visiteurs” airs tonight on TF1, a look back at all the little winks not to be missed in Jean-Marie Poiré’s famous comedy starring Christian Clavier, Jean Reno and Valérie Lemercier.
References, cameos, little winks or hidden details… A retrospective look at Les Visiteurs -a famous comedy by Jean-Marie Poiré, in which Godefroy le Bold and Jacquouille la Rogue travel from the 12th century to the 1990s- already all easter eggs inside.
At the beginning of the film, when the magician Eusebius pronounces his magic formula to send Godefroy and Jacquouille to the “corridors of time”, he seems to invoke divinities of ancient Egypt. In fact, the incantation can be translated as: “By Horus and by Ra, and by the undefeated sun…”
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Just before leaving for the future, Godefroy and Jacquouille undergo a horrible transformation, but they don’t end up in exactly the same state. Indeed, while the man portrayed by Jean Reno is transformed into a glass statue, the peasant played by Christian Clavier shrinks into a small pile of manure. Could this be a way to caricature the huge situational gap that exists between the two characters?
in the grill
When Godefroy and Jacquouille landed in the early 1990s and tried to steal a piece of meat to support themselves after their trip, the restaurant they made a fuss at belonged to the famous Courtepaille chain. It is more precisely the establishment located in Cergy, which has since been closed.
As you can see by looking at the calendar posted on the chancel wall just behind the priest, Godefroy and Jacquouille landed on exactly Tuesday, October 21, 1992.
From “Girls Next Door” to “Visitors”
Viewers who grew up with AB Productions series in the ’80s may have recognized him. One of the nurses accompanying Godefroy when Béatrice picks him up from the hospital is played by Gérard Vives, best known for having played the bodybuilding gym teacher. Gérard Nacutel in the series Girls Next Door.
producers and doctors
Alain Terzian and Patrice Ledoux, the two producers of visitors, are entitled to a little wink in the film, in the scene where Béatrice picks up Godefroy from the hospital. Indeed, hanging on the wall of the establishment, we can read two signs that indicate the way to the service of Dr. A. Terzian and Pr. P. Ledoux.
inspired by comics
As he had revealed in an interview for evening magazine in 2018, Christian Clavier He was largely inspired by a comic book hero he particularly liked to compose the character of Jacquouille the Rogue: the friendly Peewit, Johan’s adventure partner in a series of albums signed by Peyo (the creator of the Smurfs).
This endearing little character, sidekick and prankster, protagonist of fast-paced medieval adventures, shares some common ground with Jacquouille.
Jean-Pierre doesn’t like photos.
During the famous scene where Jacquouille discovers the joys of the telephone, we can see a photo of Jean-Pierre, Béatrice’s husband, played by Christian Bujeau. In the framed photo, the dentist appears to beg his wife not to photograph him. A request that the countess obviously chose to ignore.
The song that plays in the background when Jaquouille and Ginette are bowling is “Passion For War/Love” by Joan Paladin. They are simply the credits of Operation Corned Beef, released two years earlier. The visitorsand that already joined jean reindeer, Christian Clavier and Valérie Lemercier under the direction of Jean Marie Poire.
Jean Marie Poire, the film’s director (also known for having signed Grandpa Struggle or even My Best Friends) makes a small appearance in the ending sequence of Visitors. Grimé as a peasant, is part of the very unpleasant welcome committee of Jaquart, when he arrives in the Middle Ages.