The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)

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A bigoted Frenchman finds himself forced to impersonate a popular rabbi while on the run from a group of assassins - and the police.




  • Suzy Delair and Miou-Miou in The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)
  • Louis de Funès in The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)
  • Louis de Funès in The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)
  • Louis de Funès in The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)
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1 January 2010 | Ismaninb
| Must see
Like so many other Europeans of my age I split my sides with laughing when I saw Rabbi Jacob the first time 30-35 years ago. So I was very curious how it would hold up today. And I was not disappointed.

Sure, the movie drags a little here and there, especially in the opening scene (Rabbi Jacob leaving New York). Several others though are so fast paced that modern flicks are put to shame. The first example is the ride that end with the car floating in the lake upside down. Also note that the shoots with visual jokes are kept very short, like the patient locked up in the wardrobe. The spectator has hardly started laughing or immediately follows a rude comment. The result is literally breathtaking.

There is more. De Funes' pantomime scenes are as great as I thought them back in the 70's. Perhaps the most hilarious one is when he impersonates a traffic agent.

Some of the dialogues are awesome. Claude Gensac at the airport is an absolute match for the De Funes.

In general I am not that fond of De Funes' movies. The Gendarme ones for instance rely way too much on cheap double meaning jokes. Rabbi Jacob though should be a classic example for any aspiring - and many experienced - comedy director.

One lesson to be learned: comedies greatly benefit from treating controversial subjects. Indeed (French) racism and Arab/jew antithesis are subjects not spoofed enough in my opinion. That makes the comparable Don't mess with the Zohan tolerable, but Rabbi Jacob is way superior. Adam Sandler obviously hadn't studied it.

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Release Date:

18 October 1973


French, English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic

Country of Origin

France, Italy

Filming Locations

World Trade Center, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office


FRF18,000,000 (estimated)

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