In this riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities, Victor Pivert, a blustering, bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Slimane, an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assasins from Slimane's country, but also the police, who think Pivert is a murderer. Pivert ends up posing as Rabbi Jacob, a beloved figure who's returned to France for his first visit after 30 years in the United States. Adding to the confusion are Pivert's dentist-wife, who thinks her husband is leaving her for another woman, their daughter, who's about to get married, and a Parisian neighborhood filled with people eager to celebrate the return of Rabbi Jacob.

  1. Gérard Oury

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Josy Eisenberg


  3. Danièle Thompson


Top Billed Cast

  1. Louis de Funès

    Louis de Funès

    Victor Pivert/Rabbi Jacob

  2. Suzy Delair

    Suzy Delair

    Germaine Pivert

  3. Claude Giraud

    Claude Giraud

    Mohamed Larbi Slimane/Rabbi Zeiligman

  4. Henri Guybet

    Henri Guybet


  5. Marcel Dalio

    Marcel Dalio

    Rabbi Jacob

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The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob



Original Title Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob

Status Released

Release Information

  • November 11, 1973


Original Language French

Runtime 1h 40m

Budget -

Revenue -

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