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Toto the Hero (1991)

Toto le héros (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 19 June 1991 (France)
Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into... See full summary »

Director:

Jaco Van Dormael

Writers:

Didier De Neck (collaborator), Pascal Lonhay (collaborator) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 16 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Bouquet ... Old Thomas / Voice of Adult Thomas
Jo De Backer Jo De Backer ... Adult Thomas
Thomas Godet Thomas Godet ... Child Thomas
Gisela Uhlen ... Old Evelyne
Mireille Perrier Mireille Perrier ... Voice of old Evelyne / Adult Evelyne
Sandrine Blancke Sandrine Blancke ... Alice
Peter Böhlke Peter Böhlke ... Old Alfred
Michel Robin ... Old Alfred (voice)
Didier Ferney Didier Ferney ... Adult Alfred
Hugo Harold-Harrison ... Child Alfred
Fabienne Loriaux Fabienne Loriaux ... Thomas' Mother
Klaus Schindler Klaus Schindler ... Thomas' Father
Patrick Waleffe Patrick Waleffe ... Voice of Thomas' Father / Official
Pascal Duquenne ... Adult Cèlestin
François Toumarkine François Toumarkine ... Adult Cèlestin (voice)
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Storyline

Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into a wealthy family, Thomas conceives the idea that he and Alfred were switched at birth, and he can't help seeing that his unhappiness should be Alfred's, from the loss of his sister to his inability to have a relationship with the woman Evelyne. So, as his life is ending, he formulates a plan of revenge against his bitter enemy, his lifetime adversary, the man who stole his existence. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and sensuality (nudity) | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Belgium | France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 June 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Totò the Hero See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,228,153

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,228,153
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The lines after the fight on the train, "Out, out, brief candle! / Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player....", are from 'Macbeth' Act 5 Scene 5. See more »

Connections

References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Boum
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
Societe EMI France
(c) Edition Vianelly
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Bitter-sweet and surreal
4 October 1999 | by Cu-TopSee all my reviews

This movie is sheer visual poetry. Although it is in subtitles and I don't speak a lick of French, I found myself not needing to read the subtitles as the visuals told the entire story. This is rather impressive, as the story is very complicated. It tells the tale of one man's life by interweaving four different elements of his life: Childhood, Middle-Age, Old-Age, and a Film Noir Fantasy World. To give it even more of a chance of being confusing, these elements are not shown chronologically. However, "Toto..." is not confusing at all. It pulls off this complicated plot beautifully. This movie truly is a Modern Day Classic!! DVD? When? Criterion Edition!


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