An Indian in town: when American critics killed the film

An overwhelming popular success in France with over 7 million moviegoers in 1994, the comedy “An Indian in the City” flopped in the United States, being completely crushed by American critics.

Huge success in France, “one of the worst movies”” in the United States

Oh Boy... If the film marked an entire generation, it was first deemed funny and endowed with a certain charm, ending 1994 in 2nd place at the French box office behind Lion King and cashed $70 million recipe in the world, An Indian in town has received cold welcome in the United States. “Glacial” would even seem almost lukewarm as critics have shown themselves to be killer Hervé Palud films. The cast consisted of the stars of that era, with Thierry Lhermitte, Patrick Timsit, Miou-Miou and Arielle Dombasle starring in the cast. Ludwig Briand then manifests the adorable Mimi-Elbow.

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However, the flattering figure of 7 million moviegoers cannot fight the passage of time. This time that makes you grow old very, very fast the film and its grainy tale of the encounter between a cynical businessman and a petty “savage” born in the Amazon. But Americans are not waiting for time to pass to judge him too bad

An Indian in town is one of the worst movies ever made”

On Rotten tomatoes, An Indian in town featuring a Tomatometer of 13% and an Audience Score of 38%. Legendary critic Roger Ebert, who writes for the Chicago Sun-Times, does done clinically movie, opening the text with the last sentence: “An Indian in town is one of the worst movies ever made”. The sequels are in a similar vein, with killer punchlines, such as:

“An Indian in the City” is a French film (I’m not going to spoil the pretty word “comedy” by applying it here. This film however is not in French with English subtitles. This film has been dubbed in English, be careful moving, as it does not appeal to anyone who has learned to read.

Concluding his review, he wrote:There is currently a movie called “Fargo” in theaters. This is a masterpiece. Go see him. If, whatever the circumstances, you go to see “The Indian in town” I will ban you from reading my review forever..” Mass said. We have almost omitted any mention of the reaction of his partner, Gene Siskel, with whom he attended a truncated screening of the last chapter, due to the missing scroll. In their list The 300 worst films of 1996Rogert Ebert and Gene Siskel offer a great second place for the film…

Even if the third reel contained a raid on “The Magnificent Ambersons” by Orson Welles, this film would still be a void.

The American press agreed

Same story on the other sidechronic austinin which Marjorie Baumgarten gives a 0/5 and wrote:

Bad idea. Bad movie. (…) If the French hadn’t invented the word “cliche” they would for this film.

Janet Maslin, from the prestigious New York Timehe wrote:What may have been funny – perhaps not – in the French comedy “An Indian in the City”, the American public could see it disappear before their very eyes. The film has been dubbed so badly into English that it is jarring horror. If the actors, including Thierry Lhermitte, Arielle Dombasle and Miou-Miou, pretended to display some visual signs of kindness and decency, they have now become American crass in the film’s painful audio track.

Peter Stack from San Francisco Chronicle shows itself on a more measured side, giving rise to voiceover issues. But he still concluded that “everything fell flat” In the “this stupid comedy“. James Berardinelli of Reelview diagnosed Hervé Palud’s films as “really stupid” and stated that:

No one, no matter how desperately seeking solace for their family, should experience the indignity of watching ninety minutes of the likeness of that film.

All critics agree on one main point: disastrous English dub. Terribly done, this one does come to sign the death warrant of a film that’s been judged badly on its own. The idea of ​​this voiceover was surprising, and was seen as an awkward public setup for an American remake with Tim Allen, An Indian in New Yorkshot during US distribution An Indian in town and was released in 1997. A remake which went on to rank first The 300 worst films of 1997 by Ebert and Siskel. When you don’t want…

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