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

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


Pierre-Arnaud Juin


Daniel Martin



Official Website:
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Release Date: 25 June 1999

Filming Locations: Evecquemont, Yvelines, France

Box Office Details

Budget: FRF 82,000,000


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

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

Technical Specs


(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.


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.