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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


    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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    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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    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

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, France

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    Majority French (Italy, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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