If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

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A mid-1960s TV documentary special and a New Yorker cartoon before that was the inspiration for If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. The film is a likeable satire of "packaged" European tours, where the nonplused tourists are expected to rush from one landmark to another in a breathless 18 days. Ian McShane stars as the amorous tour guide, with Suzanne Pleshette as the American department store buyer he falls for; their romance ends when Pleshette decides that the supposedly worldly McShane is too immature for ...
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A mid-1960s TV documentary special and a New Yorker cartoon before that was the inspiration for If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. The film is a likeable satire of "packaged" European tours, where the nonplused tourists are expected to rush from one landmark to another in a breathless 18 days. Ian McShane stars as the amorous tour guide, with Suzanne Pleshette as the American department store buyer he falls for; their romance ends when Pleshette decides that the supposedly worldly McShane is too immature for her. An all-star cast, including Murray Hamilton, Peggy Cass, Pamela Britton, Marty Ingels, John Cassavetes and Vittorio De Sica, pops up in comic cameo roles. Our favorite bit: an American and German tourist, simultaneously regaling their respective wives with wildly divergent accounts of the same wartime confrontation. If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium was reworked in 1987 as a made-for-TV movie, cleverly title If It's Tuesday, It Still Must be Belgium.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Rarely has a title been better matched to a movie than in the case of the innocuous If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. That name really does let viewers know what they're in for: a light, slightly farcical, totally unchallenging travelogue-cum-comedy. Anyone looking for a film that will offer insight, sparkling wit, or a contained, well-thought-out plot with deeply etched characters knows automatically to look elsewhere. This isn't to say that Tuesday isn't entertaining. After all, it has a tremendous cast of character actors, each of whom has at least a moment or two to shine; some yummy on-location shots; and a pair of attractive leads to go through the motions of a "should they or shouldn't they" romance. It even pulls in such unlikely stars as Vittorio De Sica, Joan Collins, Donovan, and John Cassavetes for some peppy cameos. If Suzanne Pleshette and Ian McShane can't quite pull off their story, it's not for want of trying; they do very well with standard-issue parts that really exist only to provide what little dramatic conflict there is to the film. Much better served are such delightful performers as Peggy Cass, Mildred Natwick, Reva Rose, and Michael Constantine. Breezy, dated, and totally inconsequential, Tuesday is a good popcorn movie -- not especially nutritious, but fun to ingest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2008
  • UPC: 883904106753
  • Original Release: 1969
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  • Source: United Artists
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Suzanne Pleshette Samantha, Samantha Perkins
Ian McShane Charlie
Mildred Natwick Jenny Grant
Murray Hamilton Fred Ferguson
Sandy Baron John Marina
Michael Constantine Jack Harmon
Norman Fell Harve Blakely
Peggy Cass Edna Ferguson
Marty Ingels Bert Greenfield
Pamela Britton Freda
Luke Halpin Bo
Aubrey Morris Harry Dix
Reva Rose Irma Blakely
Hilary Thompson Shelly Ferguson
Patricia Routledge Mrs. Featherstone
Marina Berti Gina
Jenny White Dot
Roger Six Marcel
Lillian Atterer Miss Germany
Lucien Krier Miss Luxembourg
Senta Berger
John Cassavetes Card Player
Joan Collins
Vittorio De Sica Shoemaker
Anita Ekberg Nightclub Performer
Ben Gazzara Card Player
Virna Lisi
Elsa Martinelli Woman on Bridge
Catherine Spaak Woman Posing for Photographer
Robert Vaughn Photographer
Mario Carotenuto Giuseppe
Donovan Singer at Youth Hostel
Paul Esser German Sergeant
Frank Latimore George
Technical Credits
Mel Stuart Director
Ron Berkeley Makeup
Vittorio Biseo Makeup
Donovan Score Composer, Songwriter
Marc Frederix Art Director
Vilis Lapenieks Cinematographer
Stan Margulies Producer
Patrick O'Brien Asst. Director
Fritz Roland Cinematographer
David Saxon Editor
Walter Scharf Score Composer
David Shaw Original Story, Screenwriter
David L. Wolper Executive Producer, Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
1. Main Titles/Ready, Set... [4:25]
2. Off and Running [4:47]
3. London By Day [5:41]
4. London By Night [4:19]
5. Venice of the North [4:16]
6. Wrong Bus [3:29]
7. Brussels [4:22]
8. Bastogne [1:10]
9. Burgers and Boats [6:23]
10. Free Time [3:05]
11. Fondue Fling [2:52]
12. Irresistible [6:47]
13. Venezia [2:40]
14. Italian Relatives [6:37]
15. Hello, Goodbye [5:49]
16. Did You Hear Me? [2:04]
17. Trip Photos [2:37]
18. Custom Shoes [4:16]
19. Jack's Girl [6:01]
20. Fender Bender [5:02]
21. Irma! [2:31]
22. Uncertain Future [2:19]
23. Simple Decision [4:46]
24. Beautiful Music/End Titles [1:55]
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Disc #1 -- If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
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  • Posted April 16, 2014

    A beautiful satire of the sixties..still relevant in the 21st ce

    A beautiful satire of the sixties..still relevant in the 21st century when people rush through life trying to keep up with the Joneses with nary a thought for better values...leading to a surfeit of Godmen/women and busybody advisers offering capsule solutions for all ills.

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