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The Apprentice Heel (1977)

L'apprenti salaud (original title)
After a car accident in which his mother dies, Antoine Chapelote decides to change his life and become a con-artist. He meets a young girl Caroline who helps him with his scam.

Director:

Michel Deville

Writers:

Frank Neville (novel), Michel Deville
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Lamoureux ... Antoine Chapelot
Christine Dejoux Christine Dejoux ... Caroline Nattier
Claude Piéplu ... Etienne Forelon, le notaire de Briançon
Jacques Doniol-Valcroze Jacques Doniol-Valcroze ... L'adjoint au maire Forelon
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Robert Forelon, le directeur du journal
Claude Marcault Claude Marcault ... La femme de l'adjoint
Annick Blancheteau Annick Blancheteau ... La patronne de l'hôtel
Jean-François Dérec Jean-François Dérec ... Joseph
Bernard Lavalette Bernard Lavalette ... Roger Desmare, l'avocat d'Antoine
Roger Desmare Roger Desmare
Max Vialle Max Vialle ... Le brigadier chef
Louis Falavigna Louis Falavigna ... Le patron de la quincaillerie
Georges Wilson ... Maître Chappardon / Monsieur Marcel / L'héritier ronchon / L'expert escroc
Jean Abeillé Jean Abeillé ... Le second examinateur
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... Le serrurier
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After a car accident in which his mother dies, Antoine Chapelote decides to change his life and become a con-artist. He meets a young girl Caroline who helps him with his scam.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 February 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Auch Betrügen will gelernt sein See more »

Filming Locations:

Briançon, Hautes-Alpes, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Swindle
14 April 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

One of Michel Deville's less pretentious and more accessible film,this movie was not a big success.His female star ,Christine Dejoux ,who was one of the most promising newcomers,never made the big time as her contemporary colleague Isabelle Adjani did.

She teams up with Robert Lamoureux,who could be her father.They are Edouard et Caroline ,two names which could be the title of a Jacques Becker oldie.This film does not belong to the seventies .It recalls those days when the Nouvelle Vague (for better and for worse) had not happened.

Caroline and Edouard are crooks: they make people believe they have a great uncle who became a millionaire in Texas! "L'Oncle D'Amerique" has become one of the best known FRench clichés,and however everybody falls into the trap.Of course "you've got to pay miscellaneous expenses to latch on the dough".This is a very funny ,very entertaining comedy ,with a bitter unexpected end.


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