Les Tontons flingueurs

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Les Tontons flingueurs
Directed by Georges Lautner
Produced by Irénée Leriche
Alain Poiré
Robert Sussfeld
Written by novel Albert Simonin
dialogue Michel Audiard
Georges Lautner
Starring Lino Ventura
Bernard Blier
Music by Michel Magne
Cinematography Maurice Fellous
Edited by Michelle David
Distributed by Gaumont
Release dates
4 October 1963 (West Germany)
Running time
105 min.
Country West Germany
Language English, German, French

Les Tontons flingueurs (English: Crooks in Clover, also known as Monsieur Gangster) is a 1963 French-Italian-German film, made in the French language, directed by Georges Lautner. It is an adaptation of the Albert Simonin book Grisbi or not grisbi. [1]

The film was not enormously popular on first release, in 1963. But its reputation grew with the passing years and it is now a classic of French-speaking television, while the DVD version, released in 2002, sold 250,000 copies.

One of the most famous scenes is set in a kitchen where the gangsters try to make nonchalant conversation while drinking a vile and strong liquor. Screenwriter Michel Audiard considered it useless and it might never have existed, but the director included the scene in homage to the film noir Key Largo.[2]


Fernand Naudin is an ex-gangster, who now deals in agricultural machinery and lives in Montauban. His modest, quiet life is disrupted when his childhood friend, who has become the Boss of a gangster organisation, summons him to his death bed. He has to take care of his friend's "business" and of his daughter, Patricia, who only thinks about having fun and has never been kept in a college for more than six months. As if it wasn't enough, by taking the Boss's (his friend's) golden seat, Fernand angers most of the other gangsters who hoped to become the new Boss and during the movie, he escapes many murder attempts by people inside the organisation.

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  1. ^ "Crooks in Clover". unifrance.org. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  2. ^ Anthony Palou (8 September 2009). "Les Tontons Flingueurs, toute une époque". Le Figaro.fr. Retrieved 30 November 2013. .

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