Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez
|Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez|
|Directed by||Jean Girault|
|Written by||Richard Balducci
|Starring||Louis de Funès
|Music by||Raymond Lefèvre|
|Running time||95 minutes|
Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez (The Policeman from Saint-Tropez) is a 1964 French comedy film with Louis de Funès. The film mostly takes place in Saint-Tropez, a fashionable resort on the French Riviera. Louis de Funès plays Ludovic Cruchot, the sergeant of gendarmerie of Saint-Tropez. It is the first film in The gendarme series, and has spawned five sequels.
Ludovic Cruchot (played by Louis de Funès), a gendarme in a small French village, has been re-assigned to the seaside commune of Saint-Tropez under the orders of command sergeant major Gerber (played by Michel Galabru).
Soon, the gendarmes find themselves confronted with a major problem: a group of persistent nudists. Cruchot manages to hatch a master plan and succeeds in getting the nude swimmers arrested.
Later, Cruchot discovers that his daughter and her boyfriend have stolen and crashed an expensive Mustang sports car into a ditch. Unbeknownst to any of them, the car belongs to a gang of robbers who have stolen a Rembrandt painting, which is still in the trunk. Cruchot manages to get the car out, but realizes that the objects he threw out of the car to fix a puncture, including the painting, are valuable items.
The man who pretends to own the painting then kidnaps Cruchot.
Finally, Cruchot's daughter and her friends knock out the group that kidnapped her father, and the painting is returned to its rightful owner.
- Louis de Funès: Ludovic Cruchot
- Geneviève Grad: Nicole Cruchot, daughter of Ludovic
- Michel Galabru: warrant officer Jérôme Gerber
- Jean Lefebvre: gendarme Lucien Fougasse
- Christian Marin: gendarme Albert Merlot
- Guy Grosso: gendarme Gaston Tricard
- Michel Modo: gendarme Jules Berlicot
Many shops and bars in the harbor which are filmed in the movie nowadays still exist. Like the clothes shop Vachon, the bar Café de Paris or the grocery's shop Seneqier.