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Me, I Want to Have Dough (1973)

Moi y'en a vouloir des sous (original title)
Dismissed following an unfortunate initiative, financial advisor Benoît Lepape decides to work for his uncle, a union activist. His capitalist methods will surprise at first, but quickly bring in a lot of money.


Jean Yanne


Jean Yanne (scenario and dialogue), Gérard Sire (scenario and dialogue)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Yanne ... Benoît Lepape
Bernard Blier ... Adrien Colbart
Nicole Calfan ... Nicole
Michel Serrault ... Léon
Fernand Ledoux ... Sauveur Chouras
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... L'évêque
André Gaillard André Gaillard ... Cherbiller
Jean Obé Jean Obé ... Schumacker
Daniel Prévost ... Rozales
Jean-Marie Proslier Jean-Marie Proslier ... Brothier
Maurice Vamby Maurice Vamby ... Collon
Teddy Vrignault Teddy Vrignault ... Lardel
Jacqueline Danno Jacqueline Danno ... Jacqueline
Ginette Garcin ... Ginette
Paul Préboist ... Vergeot / Policeman


Social conflicts are in full swing. Adrien Colbart (Bernard Blier), president of the powerful CGI, is considered a union leader with a radical tendency. His nephew, Benoît Lepape (Jean Yanne) is a quiet man, who works as a financial analyst in an industrial group. Contrary to what his uncle thinks, he is not hostile to the workers. On the other hand, he sees the demonstrations and the banners as "antics". After an unfortunate initiative, Lepape was fired by his CEO in a wheelchair, Chouras. He goes to see his uncle and explains his strategy to him: "against capitalism, use capitalism". He convinces him to invest the union funds in a successful bicycle business. With the same funds and the profits from the bicycles, Lepape soon opened a model electronics factory.

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Pour l'amour des sous
Written by Jean Yanne
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Revealing of early 70s France, and a must for Magma fans !
20 February 2002 | by Laurent MoussonSee all my reviews

This one's meant as satire. Pretty heavy-handed satire indeed. Jean Yanne enacts his own fantasies of normal-guy-becomes-electronics-tycoon-and-master-of-the-world in a 1973 France full of design artifacts and garish colours. In fact it's quite revealing of the utopias and illusions of the time and place.

It may be, along with "Tout le monde il est beau...", Jean Yanne's best effort at directing, if only because there's some conviction in it. The whole movie really feels like a bunch of mates having fun together and making a film out of it. Some great scenes nonetheless, notably those with Bernard Blier... A really interesting bit, though, is the short cameo by 70s French Jazz-rock-gone-barmy combo Magma, playing in a futuristic cathedral, which gives an idea of how much of a shock their gigs must have been for audiences at the time. It is truly hilarious if watched with enough distance and knowledge of the era. If you don't, look elsewhere.

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22 February 1973 (France) See more »

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Pardon, Genossen! Edel sei der Mensch, hilflos und reich See more »

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