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.


Gérard Oury


Gérard Oury (scenario and adaptation), Georges Tabet (dialogue) (as Georges André Tabet) | 2 more credits »
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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 ... 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 ... Un homme de Saroyan (as Jacques Ferriere)
Guy Grosso ... Un douanier (as Grosso)
Michel Modo ... Un douanier (as Modo)


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


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 »


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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Featured in Louis de Funès ou Le pouvoir de faire rire (2003) See more »


Antoine Et Ursula
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Good old fun, with much eye-candy for car fans
30 January 2009 | by suchenwiSee all my reviews

Of course this movie is dated (43 years by now), but in my opinion that rather adds to the fun. We get to see quite many street scenes of the time, in France and Italy, and of course lots of cars from that period (including two Rolls-Royces). For railfans, even a "Picasso" railcar is thrown in...

I'm normally not a fan of Louis de Funès' frantic humour, which is also evidenced here, but he also has very admirable (non-talking) moments, like the Cadillac repair to a classical music score, or the muscle comparison in the camping shower.

In all, a turbulent comedy plus Italian road movie. Very lovely. The German DVD I bought (Universal 2008, titled "Louis, das Schlitzohr") also has English, Spanish and Dutch dubs, but not the original French soundtrack. Still, jolly good fun which made my Friday night perfect :^)

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Release Date:

24 March 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sucker See more »


Box Office


FRF5,300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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