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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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Runtime:

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

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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Connections

Referenced in Taxi 2 (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

La Boutique Fantasque
By Gioachino Rossini - Ottorino Respighi
Performed by Orchestre Lamoureux
Conducted by Roberto Benzi
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Hilarious
23 June 2001 | by Nicholas RhodesSee all my reviews

One of the classics of French Comedy from the 1960's, Le Corniaud appears regularly on French TV, and is available on DVD and VHS. The film features 2 of France's greatest comedians, both now dead, Louis de Funes and Bourvil ( real name André Raimbourg ). De Funès manic gesticulations coupled with Bourvil's apparent naiveness in a sombre affaire of driving a car loaded with contraband across the Italian border and into France provide a never-ending series of hilarious situations against the 1960's backcloth of carefree life on the Mediterranean. As they say " they just don't make 'em like that any more ". This film together with " La Grande Vadrouille " which features the same stars constitute milestones in the history of popular French comic cinema.


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