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The Vultures (1984)

Les morfalous (original title)
In 1943 in Tunisia, a unit of the French Foreign Legion fights the Germans over possession of a bank treasure in gold bars.


Henri Verneuil


Michel Audiard (dialogue), Michel Audiard (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Sgt. Pierre Augagneur
Jacques Villeret ... Béral
Michel Constantin ... Adjudant Édouard Mahuzard
Michel Creton Michel Creton ... Boissier
Matthias Habich ... Karl
François Perrot ... François Laroche-Fréon, le directeur de la banque
Maurice Auzel Maurice Auzel ... Borzik
Gérard Buhr ... L'officier du camp de ravitaillement
Junior John David Junior John David
Robert Lombard Robert Lombard ... M. Chanterelle
Pierre Semmler Pierre Semmler ... Capt. Ulrich Dieterle (as Peter Semler)
Caroline Silhol Caroline Silhol ... Mme Chanterelle (as Caroline Sihol)
Marie Laforêt ... Hélène Laroche-Fréon


April 5, 1943: a battalion of the Foreign Legion arrives in El Ksour, Tunisia, to escort a fortune in gold bars to the home front. A German ambush awaits, and all but four die. Thanks to the street smarts of Sergeant Augagneur, the Legionnaires successfully counter attack. The bank manager and his seductive wife arrive, and so does a German lieutenant, whom the French arrest. Augagneur wants to steal the gold; warrant officer Mahuzard wants to do his duty. A series of alliances form and break apart, the group dwindles in number, and the gold heads south toward Betahoua. But in whose possession? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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5th highest grossing movie of its year in France but after starting fast, dropped quickly because of negative word of mouth. See more »


Karl's tank is a post-war French AMX-13, camouflaged as German. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the German theatrical and video version 11 minutes are missing. 08:52: Beral (Villeret) explains his situation while Mahuzard (Constantin) seeks for volunteers going back outside the Turkish bath (3 min.). 23:35: On their way to the flak Augagneur (Belmondo) and Beral are creeping over a cemetery (2:30 min.). 44:30: Augagneur tells Helene (Laforet) about his favorite cinema Roxy-Palace and why he decided to become a foreign legionnaire. Mahuzard is listening to Edith Piaf on the radio. Then he goes to the door and frightens Beral by explaining to him what they usually do with disloyal french soldiers (5 min.). 79:52: Karl (Matthias Habich) and Augagneur in the tank. With help of headsets and microphones both speak about El Ksour and Paris. The tank is driving through the Tunesian desert (2 min.). See more »


References Kelly's Heroes (1970) See more »


Thème D'Hélène
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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The better Legionaire !!
29 December 2001 | by malpaso-1See all my reviews

This is a Movie playing in World War II with Legionaires,it`s not even the best Movie Belmondo ever did,but it`s worth having a look at it. Jean-Paul Belmondo plays his typical ironic,charming and sporting role as he ever did(in the late 70`s and 80`s).There`s a lot of Action in it some Kind of humor and in my opinion tense,all in all for me it`s a clear 8.

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French | German

Release Date:

28 March 1984 (France) See more »

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FRF30,000,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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