The Umbrella Coup

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The Umbrella Coup
Umbrella coup film.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Gérard Oury
Written by Gérard Oury
Danièle Thompson
Starring Pierre Richard
Gordon Mitchell
Gert Fröbe
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Cinematography Henri Decaë
Edited by Albert Jurgenson
Distributed by Gaumont
Release date
8 October 1980
Running time
98 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $18.4 million[1]

The Umbrella Coup (French: Le Coup du parapluie) is a 1980 French comedy film directed by Gérard Oury, starring Pierre Richard, Gordon Mitchell and Gert Fröbe.[2]

The creation of the film was inspired by several assassinations of Bulgarian dissidents where the so-called Bulgarian umbrella was used as a weapon. The working title of the film was Le Coup du Parapluie Bulgare.


The unsuccessful actor Grégoire Lecomte is heading for a casting but then he takes a wrong turn. While he thinks he talks to casting director who wants an actor to play a henchman, he actually talks to a mafia don who wants a real killer. Lecomte's performance is convincing and consequently he receives a contract to finish off arms dealer Otto Krampe. He is supposed to kill Krampe with an umbrella containing a built-in syringe full of potassium cyanide at his birthday party in St-Tropez. Lecomte takes the don for a producer and believes this was all part of shooting a film.


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  2. ^ "Umbrella Coup". Retrieved 2013-07-27. 

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