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L'aîné des Ferchaux (1963)

Broke French ex-paratrooper turned amateur boxer Michel Maudet becomes bodyguard for the fugitive corrupt banker Ferchaux.

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Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation), Jean-Pierre Melville (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Michel Maudet
Charles Vanel ... Dieudonné Ferchaux
Michèle Mercier ... Lou
Malvina Silberberg Malvina Silberberg ... Lina (as Malvina)
Stefania Sandrelli ... Angie, Hitch-Hiker
Barbara Sommers Barbara Sommers ... Lou's friend
E.F. Medard E.F. Medard ... Suska
Todd Martin Todd Martin ... Jeff
André Certes André Certes ... Émile Ferchaux
Andrex ... M. Andrei
Jerry Mengo Jerry Mengo ... Banker
Delia Kent Delia Kent ... Prostitute
Ginger Hall Ginger Hall ... Nurse
Maurice Auzel Maurice Auzel ... Boxeur
Simone Darot Simone Darot
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When French ex-paratrooper turned amateur boxer Michel Maudet looses his last fight he decides to quit boxing. The French banker and businessman Dieudonné Ferchaux is looking for a new personal secretary and bodyguard. The 25 year old ex-paratrooper is perfect for this role and he accepts the job. Because Mr. Ferchaux is in trouble with the French authorities, especially for his tax evasion crimes, he decides to run to America taking his personal secretary and bodyguard with him. After being threatened with extradition from the USA Mr. Ferchaux plans to escape to South America.He carries a vast sum of money with him but his bodyguard Maudet has a few dishonest ideas of his own. Written by nufs68

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Adventure | Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

25 September 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

An Honorable Young Man See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the shooting of this film, the director Jean-Pierre Melville had no respect for Charles Vanel and treated him badly on set. Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo got so mad at Melville that he slapped him on set. See more »

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Referenced in Pour le plaisir: Ciné bijou (1965) See more »

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Awful in every way

Jean-Pierre Melville made this unwatchable drama at the height of his power reteaming with Belmondo just after their masterpiece Le Doulos. One the worst movies ever made by a great director.


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