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Wise Guys

Wise Guys

A Feature film by Claude Chabrol

Produced by Cocinor

Release in France : 17/03/1961


    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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    Actors (44)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :


    Film exports/foreign sales :

    TF1 Studio

    Foreign production company :

    SpA Cinematografica

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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

    Adaptation :

    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