Greed in the Sun
|Greed in the Sun|
French film poster for Greed in the Sun
|Directed by||Henri Verneuil|
|Written by||Michel Audiard|
|Screenplay by||Marcel Jullian|
by Claude Veillot
|Music by||Georges Delerue|
|Edited by||Claude Durand|
|Box office||3.4 million admissions (France)|
The forwarder Castigliano instructs Steiner to drive a new truck with a payload through Sahara. Steiner is new to the operation and is viewed with suspicion by the other employees. In the evening Steiner goes out with Rocco, Marec and some colleagues. The next morning the truck is gone. Castigliano rages and commissions Marec to retrieve the truck which was stolen from Rocco. Rocco with his girlfriend Pepa go towards the border. A wild chase begins through the deserts and impassable areas.
Marec travels with Steiner. When crossing a state it turns out that Steiner is located under the name Frocht; he was the leader of a band of mercenaries in a coup. Rocco several times succeeds to shake off Marec. Mitch has to repeatedly help out Marec. After Rocco’s truck stops due to a defect, he provides a trap for Marec and Steiner. Rocco forces at gunpoint to exchange his defective truck with the roadworthy truck of Marec. Steiner wants to defend himself and for this suffers a gunshot through his leg. Rocco leaves Marec and Steiner back in the desert. Rocco wants to sell the cargo for $100,000 to a fence.
With great effort Marec and Steiner succeed to get to the next town. By chance Marec meets Rocco in a brothel. A wild brawl arises between the two. As they are both too weak to beat each other up further, Rocco admits that he showed up to the rendezvous with the fence. However, the fence was not there. When he comes back to the hotel, the truck disappears with his girlfriend Pepa.
- Jean-Paul Belmondo as Rocco
- Lino Ventura as Hervé Marec
- Reginald Kernan as John Steiner (alias Peter Frocht)
- Bernard Blier as Mitch-Mitch
- Andréa Parisy as Pepa
- Gert Fröbe as Castigliano
- Anne-Marie Coffinet as Angèle
- Doudou Babet as Khenouche
- Pierre Mirat as Halibi
- Henri Lambert as Robert, a guest at "Chez Zeze"
- Pierre Collet as one of Castigliano's workers
- Christian Brocard
- Paul Bonifas
- Jackie Blanchot
- Louis Bugette (as Bugette)
Director Henry Verneuil said the film was "a Western, but since in France we don't have horses, I use trucks. I give Jean Paul the hat, blue jeans, boots of a cowboy. He's one of the few young actors in France who is young and manly."
New York Times film critic Howard Thompson gave mixed review of the film, stating that "Some interesting ingredients hover in mid-air throughout this overlong film, which lacks real cohesion or impact".
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