The Sucker


1h 51m 1966

Film Details

Also Known As
Colpo grosso ma non troppo, Le corniaud
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
Cleveland opening: 11 May 1966
Production Company
Explorer Film; Les Films Corona
Distribution Company
Royal Films International
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

As good-natured but befuddled Antoine Maréchal leaves Paris for a holiday, his car is demolished in a collision with a Bentley that belongs to wealthy Leopold Saroyan. Next day Saroyan offers to make amends by flying Antoine to Naples and arranging for him to drive a friend's Cadillac to Bordeaux. Delighted to have a paid vacation, Antoine readily agrees. Unknown to him, however, a fortune in contraband goods has been concealed on the car: the bumpers are solid gold coated with chrome plating, the tailfins are packed with heroin, and stolen jewels are immersed in the battery fluid. Oblivious to the fact that he is being tailed by Saroyan and his henchmen and also by a trio of hijackers led by the notorious La Souris, Antoine thoroughly enjoys his trip, stopping to offer a ride to a seductive hitchhiking manicurist and, later, a beautiful German girl en route to a nudist colony. As the two rival gangs take potshots at each other, the guileless Antoine rolls merrily along, unaware that bit by bit his precious cargo is either being stolen by garage mechanics or lost on the road. Eventually Antoine realizes that he has been duped; incensed, he cleverly outwits his pursuers by luring them into a police trap. His joy at being still alive is enhanced when he accidentally discovers the world's largest diamond hidden on the Cadillac's steering wheel.

Film Details

Also Known As
Colpo grosso ma non troppo, Le corniaud
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
Cleveland opening: 11 May 1966
Production Company
Explorer Film; Les Films Corona
Distribution Company
Royal Films International
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

The vintage car driven by Bourvil is a '64 DeVille Cadillac

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Naples, Rome, Pisa, and Carcassonne. Opened in Paris in March 1965 as Le corniaud; running time: 105 min; in Italy in 1965 as Colpo grosso ma non troppo. Alternative title: The Sucker ... or How To Be Glad When You've Been Had!