The Sucker

Synopsis: In this Franco-Italian gangster parody, a shop keeper on his way to an Italian holiday suffers a crash which totals his car. The culprit can only compensate his ruined trip by driving an American friends car from Napels to Bordeaux, but as it happens to be filled with such contraband as stolen money, jewelry and drugs, the involuntary and unwitting companions in crime soon attract all but recreational attention from the "milieu".
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Gérard Oury
Production: Valoria Films
  1 nomination.
111 min


Please give me a hand.


Give me that.

Are you going to Carcassonne

again this summer?

No, I'm going on a holiday

to Italy.

The weather will be nicer there.

It's been terrible here.

Have a good trip, Monsieur Antoine.

I'll come back all tanned.

This is a disaster.

What's wrong?

What's wrong?

You can see what's wrong.

What am I going to do now?

By all means,

just walk all over it.

It's not serious.

What do you mean,

it's not serious?

What am I going to do now?

Just walk.

But I was going on

a holiday to Italy.

Go by plane. that's faster.

- But I'm not in a hurry.

Well, I am in a hurry.

Here's my business card.

My insurance agent will contact you.

You've got some guts!

With your big car.

Leopold Saroyan,


I don't care!

No to London, yes to New York

and Stockholm I don't know.


Monsieur Marchal is here.

Send him in.

My poor friend.

I'm so sorry about what happened yesterday.

- So am I.

Have a seat.

I couldn't sleep all night

because of you.

Well, I'm sorry.

The shock.

What can I say.

If your holiday's ruined,

so is mine.

Tell me, do you still

plan to go to Italy?

I'm not sure if you know, but my

car had a small accident yesterday.

That's exactly why I

called you this morning.

I liked you from the start.

I had a little idea that

will solve everything.




A little Scotch?

If you insist.

Press the green button.

And look there.


And that's not all.

Look. Click!

A bar.

Mr du Schmurtz from Miami

is visiting Europe in his Cadillac.

He's going to the Parthenon,

the Berlin wall, the Folies-Bergre etc.

The whole civilisation.

What's that?

- It's nothing.


Here, it's yours.

- Thanks.

He receives a telegram...

No, listen to me.

He receives a telegram...

Ah, yes.

- Cheers!

He has to fly back to the USA.

Father ill, mother ill.

That's always sad.

So the Cadillac has been abandoned.

Poor thing.

It will arrive in Naples on Monday.


Mr. du Schmurtz asked me to take it

from Naples to Bordeaux.

To put it on a boat to the USA.

From Naples to Bordeaux...

That's a nice trip.

And you are going to make that nice trip.


I'm here. Turn around.

Today's August 14.

The car has to be in Bordeaux

on August 27.


Italy seen from a Cadillac

must be quite something.

Are you happy?

Can I have a bit more Scotch?

The bottle's over there.

Mr. Director.

This is your ticket.

Paris-Naples by Caravelle.

And 500.000 liras for

your travel expenses.

That's too much.

I'm not as greedy as a Cadillac!

I'm inviting you to breakfast

with a couple of friends.

I've done quite well

in my line of work.

I make baby clothes.

I'm all about baby clothes.

Can I ask them something?

Can you recommend books

that could introduce Italy to him?

"Walks in Rome" by Stendhal,

a great guide.

I already bought the Michelin Guide.

Although I think...

We have to leave now.

Caravelles are good at many things...

...but not at waiting.

I'm very honoured.

The door's over there.

Not that one.

This one.


- Yes.

Michelin and baby clothes.

What an idiot.

Leave that alone.

That will do.

Thank you.

And, what do you think of him?

Are we supposed to congratulate you?

How dare you trust him with our money?

It took us half a year to prepare this...

...and at the very end you

decide this all on your own!

I beg your pardon?

And why do you do it all in one hit?

And the jewellery of the Baalbeck heist!

You're taking a big risk with our money.

I'm very worried...

...for you.

-What will the Americans say?

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Gérard Oury

Gérard Oury (29 April 1919 – 20 July 2006) was a French film director, actor and writer. His real name was Max-Gérard Houry Tannenbaum. more…

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