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Up to His Ears

Up to His Ears

A Feature film by Philippe de Broca

Produced by Les Films Ariane

Release in France : 04/12/1965

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Actors (9)

Production and distribution (5)

Associate production company :

Les Films Ariane

Foreign production company :

Vides Cinematografica

French distribution :

United Artists

Co-production :

Les Productions Artistes Associés

Film exports/foreign sales :

TF1 International

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Arthur Lempereur (Jean-Paul Belmondo of Breathless) is a globe-hopping millionaire, engaged to Alice (Valérie Lagrange), a beautiful young woman. As the film opens, Arthur has cut the break line on his fine automobile and proceeds to drive it off a cliff. This, we learn, is his ninth suicide attempt in the past week. Arthur is bored with his easy life. Even learning from his accountant, Biscotton (Darry Cowl), that he's ruined doesn't perk him up. On a cruise to Hong Kong, his friend Mr. Goh (Valéry Inkijinoff) comes up with a solution to Arthur's woes: "Adversity carries the chance for happiness," he explains to the despondent young man. Goh convinces Arthur to take out a two-million-dollar life insurance policy, with Goh and Alice as the beneficiaries. The policy will expire in one month. Goh then tells Arthur that his life is in danger. He may be killed at any moment. Arthur soon realizes that he's being followed. He's not so eager to be murdered. Arthur and his valet, Leon (Jean Rochefort of The Hairdresser's Husband), frantically search for Goh to ask him to call off the hit. At one point, Arthur ducks into a nightclub to dodge his pursuers, and instantly falls for Alexandrine (Ursula Andress), the stripper on-stage. Alexandrine is fascinated by the ways men try to manipulate women and assumes that Arthur's story about hired killers is a bizarre ruse. All the more determined to survive the month, the bumbling Arthur engages in a fierce battle for his life.

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Full credits (17)

Assistant Director :

Claude Pinoteau

Author of original work :

Jules Verne

Screenwriter :

Daniel Boulanger

Sound Recordist :

Antoine Bonfanti

Camera Operator :

Jean-Paul Schwartz

Assistant editors :

Chantal Delattre, Nicole Gauduchon

Music Composer :

Georges Delerue

Costume designer :

Jacqueline Moreau

Location Manager :

Philippe Modave

Dialogue Writer :

Daniel Boulanger

Producers :

Georges Dancigers, Alexandre Mnouchkine

Director of Photography :

Edmond Séchan

Assistant Operator :

Guy Delattre

Editor :

Françoise Javet

Continuity supervisor :

Patrick Aubrée

Production Designer :

François de Lamothe

Still Photographer :

Raymond Voinquel

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Feature film

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Adventure, Comedy

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France, Italy

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Majority French (France, Italy)

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Runtime :

1 h 50 min

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