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Wise Guys

Wise Guys

A Feature film by Claude Chabrol

Produced by Cocinor

Release in France : 17/03/1961

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Actors (44)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :


Film exports/foreign sales :

TF1 International

Foreign production company :

SpA Cinematografica

French distribution :



A generally destructive atmosphere settles over this New Wave drama about a trio of youths looking to debunk hypocrisy wherever they find it. One of the early films by Claude Chabrol, the tale looks at the relationship of Ronald (Jean-Claude Brialy), Ambroisine (Bernadette Lafont), and Arthur (Charles Belmont). Arthur and Ronald have their differences, but the three join up to knock the air out of the wind-bags of pomposity, puncture the veneer of the gallingly elitist art world, and do combat in other arenas where people are less than honest. But Ronald has not forgotten an early offense he suffered at Arthur's hands, and soon the relationships in the trio start to change.

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Full credits (13)

Assistant Director :

Paul Seban

Author of original work :

Eric Ollivier

Screenwriter :

Claude Chabrol

Sound Recordist :

Jean-Claude Marchetti

Editor :

James Cuenet

Music Composers :

Pierre Jansen, Maurice Le Roux

Costume designer :

Maurice Albray

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Eric Ollivier, Paul Gégauff

Producers :

Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim

Director of Photography :

Jean Rabier

Production Manager :

Clément Ollier

Continuity supervisor :

Aurore Chabrol

Production Designer :

Charles Mérangel

Technical details

Feature film

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Coproducer countries :

France, Italy

Original French-language productions :


Nationality :

Majority French (France, Italy)

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French release :


Runtime :

1 h 39 min

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Color type :

Black & White

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Rating restrictions :

Under 16