L'Avare (film)

L'Avare is a 1980 French comedy film written and directed by Louis de Funès and Jean Girault, and starring de Funès. The English title of the film is The Miser. It is an adaptation of Molière's famous comedy L'Avare (The Miser).

French theatrical release poster
Directed byLouis de Funès
Jean Girault
Produced byChristian Fechner
Bernard Artigues
Written byLouis de Funès
Jean Girault
Based onL'Avare
by Molière
StarringLouis de Funès
Music byJean Bizet
CinematographyEdmond Richard
Edited byMichel Lewin
Distributed byA.M.L.F, Columbia Pictures (North America)
Release date
  • 5 March 1980 (1980-03-05)
Running time
125 minutes
Box office$18.3 million [1]

De Funès tried to draw out the unhappy side of the character. Harpagon, unloved by humanity, is driven to an obsessive love of money.[2]


  • Louis de Funès: Harpagon
  • Frank David: Cléante
  • Hervé Bellon: Valère
  • Michel Galabru: Maître Jacques
  • Georges Audoubert: Anselme
  • Claude Gensac: Frosine
  • Claire Dupray: Élise, Miser's daughter
  • Anne Caudry: Marianne, Cléante's girlfriend
  • Bernard Menez: La Flèche, Cléante's valet
  • Henri Génès: the commissioner
  • Michel Modo: la Merluche, Harpagon's attendant
  • Guy Grosso: Brindavoine, Harpagon's attendant
  • Max Montavon: Maître Simon
  • Micheline Bourday: Dame Claude, the housemaid
  • Madeleine Barbulée: Marianne's mother


The film is rated 70% Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes.[3]


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