7 user 8 critic

The Tattoo (1968)

Le tatoué (original title)
An art dealer wants to buy a Modigliani, which is tattooed on the back of an old soldier.


(as Denis de la Patellière)
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Louis-Philippe Fourchaume, another typical lead-role for French comedy superstar Louis de Funès, is the dictatorial CEO of a French company which designs and produces sail yachts, and fires... See full summary »

Director: Robert Dhéry
Stars: Louis de Funès, Andréa Parisy, Franco Fabrizi
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Charles Bosquier, a role apparently written for French comedy superstar Louis de Funès, is the dictatorial headmaster of a French strict boarding school. No father could be deeper shocked ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Girault
Stars: Louis de Funès, Ferdy Mayne, Martine Kelly
The Discord (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Guillaume has made it: A machine that can clean dirty air by simply sucking all dirt into air balloons and then shipping them far far away so his explanation. Some Japanese business guys, ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi
Stars: Louis de Funès, Annie Girardot, Maurice Risch
The Miser (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Based on Molière's play. The children of Harpagon, Cléante and his sister Elise, are each in love but they still haven't spoken to their father yet. Harpagon is a miser who wants to choose ... See full summary »

Directors: Louis de Funès, Jean Girault
Stars: Louis de Funès, Franck Cabot-David, Hervé Bellon
Hibernatus (1969)
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The frozen body of Paul Fournier is discovered in Greenland where he had disappeared during a scientific expedition in 1905. Perfectly conserved he is brought back to life in the 1960s. His... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro
Stars: Louis de Funès, Michael Lonsdale, Claude Gensac
The Band (1970)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Manager of female dance group and his cousin leads the group on a tour in the Rome and prohibit them to socialize with men. Problems occur when we see that one of the girls has a baby in Rome.

Director: Serge Korber
Stars: Louis de Funès, Noëlle Adam, Olivier De Funès
Jo (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Antoine Brisebard, a famous comedy playwright, is struggling with financial difficulties and is preparing to sell his country villa to an English couple. What no one knows, however, is that... See full summary »

Director: Jean Girault
Stars: Louis de Funès, Claude Gensac, Michel Galabru
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Top-notch french restaurant owner Monsieur Septime is involved into crime when one of his famous guests disappears.

Director: Jacques Besnard
Stars: Louis de Funès, Bernard Blier, Maria-Rosa Rodriguez
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Politician get hitch hikers on road and in one car accident they all end up on a tree above the sea.

Director: Serge Korber
Stars: Louis de Funès, Geraldine Chaplin, Olivier De Funès
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The whole clique of Cruchot's police station is retired. Now he lives with his rich wife in her castle - and is bored almost to death. He fights with the butler, because he isn't even ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Girault
Stars: Louis de Funès, Jean Lefebvre, Guy Grosso
Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Don Salluste, a petty tyrant in his own home and minister of the King of Spain, falls from grace. Wanting revenge, he tries to compromize the Queen with his valet Blaze, introduced as his ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Oury
Stars: Louis de Funès, Yves Montand, Alice Sapritch
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The gendarme Cruchot meets the widow Josepha. They quickly fall in love but Cruchot's daughter doesn't like Josepha and is determined to prevent the wedding by all means necessary.

Director: Jean Girault
Stars: Louis de Funès, Jean Lefebvre, Geneviève Grad


Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Mercey ...
Yves Barsacq ...
Le postier
Pierre Tornade ...
Jean-Pierre Darras ...
Joe Warfield ...
Donald J. von Kurtz ...
Lyne Chardonnet ...
Valérie Mézeray
Ibrahim Seck ...
Le pilote de l'hélico (as Michel Barbet)
Pierre Guéant ...
Richard Mézeray
Patrick Préjean ...
Le détective #1
Le détective #2 (as Maurice Maguelon)
Michel Tureau ...
Le réalisateur TV


An art dealer wants to buy a Modigliani, which is tattooed on the back of an old soldier.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »





Release Date:

18 September 1968 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Tattoo  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)|



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


There is a jump cut at around 20 minutes in the movie. When the couple is sitting in the car talking, after they passed the white truck. The main character says he wants to be back in Paris tonight. See more »


Referenced in Pastewka: Die Strategie der Schnecke (2006) See more »


Mézeray Et Legrain
Written and Performed by Georges Garvarentz Et Son Orchestre
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Gabin, De Funès, the director and the writer didn't enjoy the experience... why should you?
3 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

When a movie reunites the greatest and most iconic French actor: Jean Gabin and the funniest and most popular of the day: Louis de Funès, you expect fireworks of laughs resulting from the interactions between these two messieurs, but in the case of "The Tattoo", it's almost on the level of an armadillo's fart. There are a few funny moments popping up here and there, the film had a great visual look and a jazzy score, but its drought of gags makes it one of the least rewatchable De Funès movies… again, there are some good scenes but hey, you can find them on Youtube and life is too precious to endure this, even for the sake of nostalgia.

That a film joining two monuments of cinema get so embarrassingly bad has at least one merit, it shows that a good premise doesn't make a good movie, success is never written in advance, and neither was the script actually, which I was surprised to learn was canceled because neither Gabin and De Funès liked it, so it was written on the job, with the shooting. Actually, it's almost a miracle that the film could be made, by the standards of its non-existing script, it is decent. It is even decent by the numbers, the film attracted more than three millions of viewers which is not the best score from Gabin or De Funès but it was still enough to belong to the Top 10 of 1968, it's like the top billing was already a guarantee of success.

So it's a case of empty-full glass, induced by a few guilty pleasures. As a matter of fact, the film gets slightly better near the end as you can feel the chemistry growing between the two characters and you enjoy the interactions rather than their importance to the plot, the restaurant scene doesn't add much but it happens to be the most memorable part along with the ice skating, but just when you end the film with the illusion that there was something between Gabin and De Funès, you learn that both didn't get along. Whatever it was, it might explain why this was their last collaboration, and why in the crucial scene where Gabin's character said he started to like De Funès', I couldn't buy it.

Gabin wasn't without a comical nature of his own and by overplaying the angry patriarch, he could even be a match for De Funès, but the actor who was known for his tantrums was actually the cooler one and it was difficult to see De Funès playing the supporting role, and it says a lot when his best scenes are without Gabin, one involving the two foreign businessmen and that inspired the IMDb picture of the actor, and a few interesting moments with his wife (who's not Claude Gensac anyway). The rest of the time, De Funès is begging Gabin to give him the tattoo and Gabin spends his time shouting and yelling and screaming, you could tell the pains the screenwriters had to fill the moments. There is a reason why this is not the first title to come to mind when you think of De Funes and Gabin's movies.

I'm just into a Gabin's phase and the more I appreciate the actor, the more I see how he and De Funès couldn't match, and I appreciate De Funès, too. They just have too larger-than-life personalities to share the screen in a complementary way, a "lite" version De Funès doesn't work, not when it's mixed with a red-bull version of Gabin. Other scenes are really awkward and according to director Denys de La Pattelière, it's only during the editing that they realized they weren't as good, some bizarre moments involving the African butler made me cringe because they were offensive without being funny, and even what could have been a funny little suspenseful moment was ruined by a rip-off of the Pink Panther theme, that was so outrageous, I hope it was meant as a homage.

There's no other thing to say, this is a film to watch on the basis that there are two great actors, for pure historical value, but that's all, both actors made better films, so don't waste your time with this one, the best scenes are on Youtube, and if the director, the writer, and the two main concerned ones didn't enjoy it, why should you?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

This week on "The IMDb Show," La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz shares some "secret" information about his new spy-thriller series, "Counterpart." Plus, Kevin Smith lets us in on his favorite Sundance movies of all time.

Watch the show