The Legend of Frenchie King

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The Legend of Frenchie King
Les Petroleuses poster.jpg
French theatrical release poster
Directed by Christian-Jaque
Produced by Francis Cosne
Raymond Erger
Written by Marie-Ange Aniès
Daniel Boulanger
Clément Bywood
Eduardo Manzanos Brochero
Jean Nemours
Starring Brigitte Bardot
Claudia Cardinale
Music by Francis Lai
Cinematography Henri Persin
Edited by Nicole Gauduchon
Release date
16 December 1971
Running time
94 minutes
Country France
United Kingdom
Language French
Box office 2,234,479 admissions (France)[1]

The Legend of Frenchie King (French: Les Pétroleuses) is a 1971 French western comedy film directed by Christian-Jaque and starring Claudia Cardinale and Brigitte Bardot.



In Bougival Junction, Texas in 1888 the Francophone town is led by Marie Sarrazin. A new family arrives, calling themselves the Millers, but in fact they are the daughters of the hanged outlaw Frenchie King and his eldest daughter Louise seeks to keep her father's name alive by donning men's clothing and continuing his criminal ways. Louise and Maria fight but when they are both jailed they team up to take revenge on the town's men.[3]


The film received generally negative reviews. Bardot's performance in particular was criticised by Jean Loup Passek, who noted how uncomfortable she seemed in the film's outdoors action setting.[4] Writing in Variety Gene Moskowitz dismissed the film as "predictable, naive and gauche" whilst Tom Milne called it "drearily unfunny".[5]

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  1. ^ Box office information for film at Box Office Story
  2. ^ Tony Crawley, Bébé: The Films of Brigitte Bardot, London:LSP Books, 1975, p. 230
  3. ^ Crawley, Bébé, p. 231
  4. ^ Crawley, Bébé, p. 233
  5. ^ Crawley, Bébé, p. 234

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