The Dinner Game

June 25th, 1999


The Dinner Game

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Each week, Pierre and his friends organize what is called as "un dîner de cons". Everyone brings the dumbest guy he could find as a guest...

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 7.7/10 (14,460 voted)

Critic's Score: 73/100

Director: Francis Veber

Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret, Francis Huster

Each week, Pierre and his friends organize what is called as "un dîner de cons". Everyone brings the dumbest guy he could find as a guest. Pierre thinks his champ -François Pignon- will steal the show.

Thierry Lhermitte - Pierre Brochant
Jacques Villeret - François Pignon
Francis Huster - Juste Leblanc
Daniel Prévost - Lucien Cheval
Alexandra Vandernoot - Christine Brochant
Catherine Frot - Marlène Sasseur
Benoît Bellal - Host 1
Jacques Bleu - Host 3
Philippe Brigaud - Tanner (boomerang thrower)
Michel Caccia - Guest 1
Laurent Gendron - Guest 2
Mykhaël Georges-Schar - Host 2
Edgar Givry - Cordier
Pierre-Arnaud Juin - Boissonade
Daniel Martin - Messignac


Official Website: Gaumont. Flash only |

Release Date: 25 June 1999

Filming Locations: Evecquemont, Yvelines, France

Box Office Details

Budget: FRF 82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $25,520 (USA) (11 July 1999) (1 Screen)

Gross: $4,065,116 (USA) (5 December 1999)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Turkey: (TV version)

Did You Know?

Francis Veber's play premiered at the Théâtre des Variétés on 17-9-1993. Jacques Villeret played Pignon 600 times.

Continuity: At the beginning, the train has two locomotives, then with four, then back to two.

François Pignon: [after hanging up the phone] That was your sister.
Pierre Brochant: I don't have a sister.
François Pignon: [appears confused] Really? I asked her who she was, and she said "His sister".
Pierre Brochant: [incredously to himself] He called Marlène!
François Pignon: She's not your sister?
Pierre Brochant: That's her name! Hissister! Marlène Hissister!

User Review

Hilarios and slightly poignant

Rating: 9/10

This is a very intelligent, hilarious, and slightly poignant movie. The 'dinner' of the title is a regular gathering at which some smug young Parisian gentlemen compete to invite the most amusingly ridiculous character as their guest. Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhermitte) believes he has a sure winner in François Pignon (played brilliantly by Jacques Villeret) whose passion is the construction of intricate models from matchsticks. Ironically, it is Brochant who ends up looking the fool, morally if not intellectually. And it is the slightly sad but hilarious antihero Pignon who emerges as far the wiser of the two. Despite the premise, which seems to offends some delicate souls, this is a very humane, as well as witty, movie.


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