If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969) - Rotten Tomatoes

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)




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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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Suzanne Pleshette
as Samantha Perkins
Ian McShane
as Charlie Cartwright
Mildred Natwick
as Jenny Grant
Murray Hamilton
as Fred Ferguson
Sandy Baron
as John Marino
Norman Fell
as Harve Blakely
Peggy Cass
as Edna Ferguson
Marty Ingels
as Bert Greenfield
Aubrey Morris
as Harry Dix
Reva Rose
as Irma Blakely
Hilarie Thompson
as Shelly Ferguson
Hilary Thompson
as Shelly Ferguson
Patricia Routledge
as Mrs. Featherstone
Linda Di Felice
as Fiat Driver's Wife
Paul Esser
as German Sergeant
Roger Six
as Marcel
Sonia Doumen
as Miss Belgium
Lillian Atterer
as Miss Germany
Lucien Krier
as Miss Luxembourg
Ben Gazzara
as Card Player
John Cassavetes
as Card Player
Donovan Leitch
as Singer at Youth Hostel
Anita Ekberg
as Nightclub Performer
Catherine Spaak
as Woman Posing for Photographer
Robert Vaughn
as Photographer
Elsa Martinelli
as Woman on Bridge
Joan Collins
as Girl on Sidewalk
Senta Berger
as London Saleswoman
Virna Lisi
as John's Beautiful Cousin in Rome
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Critic Reviews for If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

It all adds up to not much, maybe, except a pleasant way to spend an evening.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Falls well short of the flip promise of its title.

July 17, 2018 | Full Review…

A slight but amusing 'ugly American' tour group comedy inspired by a 1957 New Yorker cartoon.

July 9, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The cluelessness of Americans abroad and the inconvenience of roadrunner-paced vacations are both satirized in a gentle manner.

July 3, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Pleasantly amusing.

July 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium

This movie follows a busload of tourists rushing from city to city in Europe. The story is fine and I love the European scenery. One of the better vintage classics.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

If its got Suzanne Pleshette it really doesn't need much more

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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