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Money Money Money (1972)

L'aventure, c'est l'aventure (original title)
When they realize the times are changing, five crooks decide to switch from bank robberies to personality abductions. Among their hostages are singer Johnny Hallyday and an ambassador in ... See full summary »


Claude Lelouch


Claude Lelouch, Pierre Uytterhoeven (collaborator) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Lino Massaro
Jacques Brel ... Jacques
Charles Denner ... Simon Duroc
Johnny Hallyday ... Johnny Hallyday
Charles Gérard Charles Gérard ... Charlot
Aldo Maccione ... Aldo
Nicole Courcel ... Nicole
Yves Robert ... L'avocat de la défense
André Falcon André Falcon ... L'ambassadeur
Juan Luis Buñuel Juan Luis Buñuel ... Ernesto Juarez (as Jean-Louis Bunuel)
Gordon Heath Gordon Heath ... Le général africain
Prudence Harrington Prudence Harrington ... La femme de l'ambassadeur (as Prudence Harington)
Maddly Bamy Maddly Bamy ... Antigia Girl (as Madly Bamy)
Sophie Boudet Sophie Boudet ... Antigua Girl
Annie Ho Annie Ho ... Antigua Girl (as Any Hau)


When they realize the times are changing, five crooks decide to switch from bank robberies to personality abductions. Among their hostages are singer Johnny Hallyday and an ambassador in Latin America. They get framed by a guerrilla leader, who had been kidnapped by them before, and while being tried the French Government decides to let them flee to Africa where they get on with the same old game. Written by Bernard Dionne <guero@globetrotter.net>

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A film by Claude Lelouch who gave you the Academy Award Winning "A Man and a Woman" See more »


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Release Date:

4 May 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Money Money Money See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Charlot: [attempting to read English] My KLEE-aunt...
Lino Massaro: My client.
Charlot: My klee-ANT...
Lino Massaro: Client.
Charlot: Client, would like to see the preh-see-DANT of your kom-pah-NEE, Mr. John Day-viz.
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Music by Francis Lai
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Lelouch is Lelouch
17 February 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Five lousy gangsters are sick of constantly stealing money from banks and decide to specialize themselves in abduction of celebrities or important people. First, they kidnap Johnny Hallyday (who in the film sings the song that is sourced from the title of the film), then they fly down to South America where they confine illegally an ambassador for a revolutionary. Thus, they pocket enough dough to go on holiday in the Carabbean.

This comedy from Claude Lelouch bears his trademark. Everything is conceived and made with a naive perspective from the steps of the narration which seem sometimes approximative and lame in spite of its simple linearity to the moral of the film that celebrates complete disengagement in favor of money. The filmmaker didn't jettison gratuitous effects and sometimes, the actors don't properly pronounce their cues; so you have to be very attentive to decipher what they say. But, the film has funny moments and Lelouch wields nonsense with quite efficiency. His virtuosity with camera makes up a bit for the drawbacks of the story aforementioned and I will add this extra one: the cast is patchy. Lino Ventura is as usual great but Jacques Brel... well I largely favor him as a singer, songwriter. His talent in acting is another story.

Lelouch is Lelouch and this cynical comedy will rejoice his fans. If you're looking for a film rigorously made, it's not the right one.

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