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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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As only the French can do this...another screen delight after the long run of "A MAN AND A WOMAN"...about a man, a man and a woman! See more »


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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

A scene was filmed with Michèle Morgan but was cut from the final cut. It can now be seen on the DVD. See more »

Goofs

Maréchal falls in the sea backwards, but in the next shot he is clearly falling frontwards. 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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Casina Valladie
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Strong comedy, drags on somewhat in the last act
1 October 2018 | by Horror-yoSee all my reviews

It's a fun ride and there's no time to get bored. Some scenes in particular are genuinely funny (the shower scene with Louis de Funes is a classic, the whole shooting scene in the gardens is superb) and the film makers were positively inspired to produce quality comedy rather than just injecting generic humor into the movie just to fill in the scenes. It's more a case of actual gags, with natural organic humor, that were thought up carefully rather than just cramming a bit of processed haha to get through to the end.

It's carefully written and crafted, and it's quite a ride with all sorts of twists and bumps and new characters adding an extra dynamic to the story and Bourvil and De Funes do very well to add that warm organic feel to it as it easily could've been a film which comedy tag would only be honorary, and focused mostly on the plot. Many comedies are tagged as 'comedy' but aren't actually funny, they're just comedy in tone but won't actually make you laugh.

The last part, say about the last half hour, is a little bit stretchy, kind of takes a turn of its own and feels a tad different from the rest of the film, somewhat slows down the momentum, and does feel like they had to mix it up and were compelled to come up with content to finish off the picture, although the very last image is very true to the film.

7.5/10.


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