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Release Date:
12 February 1977 (France) See more »
After a car accident in which his mother dies, Antoine Chapelote decides to change his life and become a con-artist. He meets a young girl Caroline who helps him with his scam. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Robert Lamoureux ... Antoine Chapelot
Christine Dejoux ... Caroline Nattier
Claude Piéplu ... Etienne Forelon, le notaire de Briançon
Jacques Doniol-Valcroze ... L'adjoint au maire Forelon
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Robert Forelon, le directeur du journal
Claude Marcault ... La femme de l'adjoint
Annick Blancheteau ... La patronne de l'hôtel
Jean-François Dérec ... Joseph
Bernard Lavalette ... Roger Desmare, l'avocat d'Antoine
Roger Desmare
Max Vialle ... Le brigadier chef
Louis Falavigna ... Le patron de la quincaillerie
Georges Wilson ... Maître Chappardon / Monsieur Marcel / L'héritier ronchon / L'expert escroc
Jean Abeillé ... Le second examinateur
Jacques Boudet ... Le serrurier
Yveline Brière ... L'employée de la caisse d'épargne
Patrick Brisson ... Le clerc amoureux
André Cassan ... Le troisième examinateur
Liliane Coutanceau ... L'employée de la poste
Max Desrau ... M. Edgar
André Dumas
Martine Dumont ... La standardiste
Michel Dauba ... Le jeune employé quincailler (as Michel Douba)
Viviane Gosset ... La mère d'Antoine
Alain Janey ... Le premier examinateur
René Lenoty ... Le général
Paola Lanzi ... La petite fleuriste
Jean Mourat ... L'employé de l'agence
Suzy Rougerie
Paul Temps
Lionel Vitrant ... Le dîneur triste
Anny Weinberger ... L'employé de l'état civil
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suzy Hannier ... La concierge (uncredited)
Guy Montagné ... L'employé de banque (uncredited)

Directed by
Michel Deville 
Writing credits
Frank Neville (novel "Bien mal acquis")

Michel Deville (written by)

Produced by
Philippe Dussart .... producer
Cinematography by
Claude Lecomte 
Film Editing by
Raymonde Guyot 
Production Design by
Jean-Louis Dhuit 
Laurent Janet 
Makeup Department
Georges Geslain .... makeup designer
Andrée Guikovaty .... key makeup artist
Sophie Sauvanet .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Arlette Danis .... assistant unit manager
Michel Fauré .... assistant unit manager
Yvonne Frèche .... assistant unit manager
Gérard Gaultier .... assistant unit manager
Joëlle Picaud .... assistant unit manager
Roland Sabary .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominique Champagnon .... trainee assistant director
Laurence Dailly .... trainee assistant director
Rosalinde Deville .... assistant director (as Rosalinde Damamme)
Reynald Lampert .... assistant director
Pierre Oudry .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Eugène Ganarin .... property master
Sound Department
Nicole Allouche .... sound editor
Daniel Couteau .... foley artist
René Magnol .... sound
Pierre Parigi .... boom operator
Alex Pront .... sound mixer
Claude Villand .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Vincent Chappey .... assistant camera
Robert Foucard .... camera operator
Georges Geslain .... key grip
Bernard Journoux .... electrician
Dann Loustalot .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Françoise Poulin .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Liliane Lecosse .... assistant editor
Music Department
Georges Bizet .... music
André Girard .... conductor
André Girard .... music adaptator
Other crew
Paulette Andrieux .... press relations
Daniel Champagnon .... account administrator
Marie-José Guissart .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'apprenti salaud" - France (original title)
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98 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Swindle, 14 April 2008
Author: dbdumonteil

One of Michel Deville's less pretentious and more accessible film,this movie was not a big success.His female star ,Christine Dejoux ,who was one of the most promising newcomers,never made the big time as her contemporary colleague Isabelle Adjani did.

She teams up with Robert Lamoureux,who could be her father.They are Edouard et Caroline ,two names which could be the title of a Jacques Becker oldie.This film does not belong to the seventies .It recalls those days when the Nouvelle Vague (for better and for worse) had not happened.

Caroline and Edouard are crooks: they make people believe they have a great uncle who became a millionaire in Texas! "L'Oncle D'Amerique" has become one of the best known FRench clichés,and however everybody falls into the trap.Of course "you've got to pay miscellaneous expenses to latch on the dough".This is a very funny ,very entertaining comedy ,with a bitter unexpected end.

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