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The Big Operator

The Big Operator

A Feature film by Claude Pinoteau

Produced by Production 2000, Gaumont, Fildebroc Productions

Release in France : 01/12/1976

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Actors (8)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Production 2000, Gaumont, Fildebroc Productions

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Foreign production company :

Da Ma Produzione

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When he is not working as a stage performer, Emile (Yves Montand) works as a small-time con-man. He has a brand-new plan for a big job and needs the services of one of his former assistants. He also persuades a young actress to help out with part of the plan: kidnapping the child of a very shady arms merchant who will be pressured to keep the police off their backs. Emile is a kindly man with more charm than skill. When his plans go badly awry, he sends the two assistants away as a couple, along with the baby they had planned to substitute for the child in the arms merchant's house.

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Full credits (20)

Executive Producer :

Alain Poiré

Dialogue Writer :

Michel Audiard

Producers :

Michelle de Broca, Alain Poiré

Screenwriters :

Claude Pinoteau, Jean Vautrin

Director of Photography :

Jean Collomb

Camera Operator :

Bernard Noisette

Press Attaché (film) :

Paulette Andrieux

Continuity supervisor :

Florence Moncorgé-Gabin

Music Composer :

Georges Delerue

Sound mixers :

Alex Pront, Claude Villand

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Jean Vautrin, Claude Pinoteau

Author of original work :

Rennie Airth

Associate producers :

Olivier Dassault, Albert Pottier, Nicolas Seydoux, Daniel Toscan du Plantier

Foreign Producer :

Marcello Danon

Sound Recordist :

Bernard Bats

Production managers :

Robert Sussfeld, Marc Goldstaub

Editors :

Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte, Fedora Zincone

Production Designer :

Walter Patriarca

Foley artist :

Daniel Couteau

Still Photographer :

Georges Pierre

Technical details

Feature film

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Italy, France

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Majority French (Italy, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 40 min

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