The Sucker

The Sucker

Film poster
Directed by Gérard Oury
Produced by Robert Dorfmann
Written by Gérard Oury
Marcel Jullian
Starring Bourvil
Music by Georges Delerue
Cinematography Henri Decaë
Release dates
  • 24 March 1965 (1965-03-24)
Running time
111 minutes
Country France
Language French

The Sucker (French: Le Corniaud, French pronunciation: [lə kɔʁˈnjo]) is a French, Italian and Spanish comedy film by Gérard Oury starring Louis de Funès and Bourvil. It was released in 1965. As of 2013, it is still one of the 20 highest-grossing films in France along with La Grande Vadrouille, another Oury-de Funès-Bourvil collaboration.[1]

The film was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival where the actor Bourvil won a Special Diploma.[2]


While leaving his flat in Paris for vacation, Antoine Maréchal has a car accident. His 2CV is totally wrecked by the Bentley of Léopold Saroyan, the director of an import-export company. As a compensation for the accident, Saroyan offers Maréchal to drive his best friend's 1964 Cadillac DeVille from Naples to Bordeaux, all expenses paid. Unknown to Maréchal, Saroyan is the leader of a criminal organization and the Cadillac is filled with drugs, stolen gold and diamonds, including the largest diamond in the World, the Younkounkoun. Maréchal departs for his destination, oblivious of both his cargo and Saroyan who is discreetly following him to watch over the delivery.

Unfortunately, a gang of Italian criminals has become aware of Saroyan's plan and follows the car closely, stealing it at every opportunity they get. Along the way, most of the illegal goods hidden in the Cadillac are lost or stolen by other parties. When Antoine Marechal pieces together Saroyan's plan while crossing the border, he turns the tables on both Saroyan and the Italian gangsters. This all comes to fruition in the French town of Carcassonne.



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