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160 Ratings

That Man from Rio

L'homme de Rio

Directed by Philippe de Broca
France, Italy, 1964
Comedy, Action, Adventure


The Bond-like antics of That Man from Rio, executed with balletic precision, take one’s breath away, but Belmondo is more Harold Lloyd than James Bond, a dare-devil in spite of himself…

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That Man from Rio Directed by Philippe de Broca

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1965 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1964 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

In its love for genre and desire to update clichés, “That Man From Rio” is an amiable example of soft-core new wave-ism and, as such, the harbinger of Mr. Spielberg’s more mechanical “Raiders of the Lost Ark” — as is de Broca’s follow-up Belmondo vehicle, “Up to His Ears” (1965), which has been packaged on disc along with "That Man.
April 23, 2015
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The whole movie just seems to glide. Like all great action filmmakers, [de Broca] teaches you how to watch his work. Once you’ve seen a few suspenseful sequences, you know that everything in a frame is there for a reason. If puts a window in a shot, something important is about to happen within its borders. If the camera slowly twists from one axis to another, revealing a side of the room you haven’t seen before, watch out.
August 24, 2014
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Belmondo, equal parts welterweight and Slinky, does many of his own stunts—though perhaps not the hilariously improvised stunt piloting—and bounces splendidly off Françoise Dorléac’s buoyantly irritating love interest.
August 20, 2014
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