Cracks, Les (1968, FRA/ITA) C-92m. SCOPE ** D: Alex Joffé. Starring Bourvil, Robert Hirsch, Monique Tarbès, Michel de Ré, Anne Jolivet, Bernard Verley. Bourvil plays an inventor in turn-of-the-century Paris, who takes part in the bicycle race to San Remo with his latest invention, an ultra-modern bicycle. He is chased by bailiff Hirsch. Nostalgic comedy has all the good looks of a 60s slapstick movie, but plot is not funny enough and disappointingly one-note. Nice score by Georges Delerue. Original version runs longer. English title: THE HOTSHOTS.

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