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The Sucker (1965)

Le corniaud (original title)
Criminals have chosen an ordinary man to carry drugs and jewels in his car across the border. The problem is that this man turned out too much ordinary.

Director:

Gérard Oury

Writers:

Gérard Oury (scenario and adaptation), Georges Tabet (dialogue) (as Georges André Tabet) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bourvil ... Antoine Maréchal
Louis de Funès ... Léopold Saroyan
Venantino Venantini ... Mickey dit le bègue ou la souris
Henri Génès ... Martial (as Henri Genés)
Lando Buzzanca ... Lino
Jacques Eyser Jacques Eyser ... Un complice de Saroyan
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Un complice de Saroyan
Jean Meyer Jean Meyer ... Un complice de Saroyan
Jack Ary Jack Ary ... Le douanier-chef (as Jacques Ary)
Jean-Marie Bon Jean-Marie Bon ... Le garagiste à Rome
Guy Delorme Guy Delorme ... Luigi - un homme de Mickey
Jean Droze Jean Droze ... Un homme de Saroyan
Jacques Ferrière Jacques Ferrière ... Un homme de Saroyan (as Jacques Ferriere)
Guy Grosso ... Un douanier (as Grosso)
Michel Modo ... Un douanier (as Modo)
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Storyline

In this Franco-Italian gangster parody, a shop keeper on his way to an Italian holiday suffers a crash which totals his car. The culprit can only compensate his ruined trip by driving an American friends car from Napels to Bordeaux, but as it happens to be filled with such contraband as stolen money, jewelry and drugs, the involuntary and unwitting companions in crime soon attract all but recreational attention from the "milieu". Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

France | Italy | Spain

Language:

French | Italian | German

Release Date:

24 March 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sucker See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Budget:

FRF 5,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Next to La Grande Vadrouille (1966) this was Louis de Funès biggest success in France. See more »

Goofs

When Maréchal gets out of the shower early in his Italian trip, he is heard humming but the sound does not match his facial expressions at all. See more »

Quotes

Leopold Saroyan: But he's honest. You can see it in his face. And that's the best passport there is. For a customs officer, the person's the suspect, not the car.
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References The Great Dictator (1940) See more »

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Départ De Naples
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Bourvil plays the role of Antoine Marechal, a seem...
17 August 1998 | by Ali-14See all my reviews

Bourvil plays the role of Antoine Marechal, a seemingly witless insurance salesman, who on his way to a vacation in Italy in his "deux cheveaux" automobile gets hit and has his car literally destroyed by the Rolls Royce of Leopold Saroyan, an affluent industrialist played by Louis de Funes. In order to make amends, Saroyan offers to have Marechal complete his trip to Italy in his convertible Cadillac (replete with a mobile phone and phonograph player - this is no less than twenty years before the advent of cellular phones and CD players). What Marechal doesn't know is that the Cadillac is also laden with stolen jewelry and drugs to be smuggled unwittingly by him across the border. What's more, Saroyan and two cronies as well as a smattering of other criminals tail Marechal during his journey across Italy and try to intercept or recharge, as the case may be, the merchandise on board the Cadillac. The hi-jinks in this movie are incredibly funny. This film is a worthy precursor to de Funes' "The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob."


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