The Big Operator (1976 film)

The Big Operator

Film poster
Directed by Claude Pinoteau
Written by Rennie Airth
Michel Audiard
Jean Herman
Claude Pinoteau
Starring Yves Montand
Music by Georges Delerue
Cinematography Jean Collomb
Edited by Fedora Zincone
Release dates
  • 1 December 1976 (1976-12-01)
Running time
100 minutes
Country France
Language French

The Big Operator (French: Le Grand escogriffe) is a 1976 French comedy film directed by Claude Pinoteau and starring Yves Montand.[1]


The aging villain Émile Morland talks his old friend Aristide into helping him with to kidnap the son of a millionaire. Moreover Morland engages the young actress Amandine and borrows a child baptised Alberto from his acquaintance Tony. Morland's plan is to exchange the children and then to reveal this in order to retrieve ransom from millionaire Rifai. But to everybody's surprise Rifai prefers Alberto to his moody and wearisome own son. He refuses to pay ransom because he is now happy as it is.



  1. "New York Times: The Big Operator". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
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