La Carapate

La Carapate is a 1978 French comedy film directed by Gérard Oury.

La Carapate
Directed byGérard Oury
Produced byAlain Poiré
Written byGérard Oury
Danièle Thompson
StarringPierre Richard
Victor Lanoux
Music byPhilippe-Gérard
Distributed byGaumont
Release date
11 October 1978 (France)
Running time
105 minutes
Box office$21.9 million[1]


In May 1968, Jean-Philippe Duroc, a lawyer accused of ultra-leftism, visits his client, Martial Gaulard, sentenced to death for a murder he has not committed. At that moment, a mutiny happens inside the prison. Gaulard takes the opportunity and, stealing the clothes of his lawyer, achieves to escape. The police is convinced that Duroc has contributed at the evasion and the two men are wanted by all the police stations of France.


  • Pierre Richard ... Maître Jean-Philippe Duroc, lawyer of Martial Gaulard
  • Victor Lanoux ... Martial Gaulard, the accused, fascist and anti-soixante-huitard
  • Raymond Bussières ... Marcel Duroc, vieux père de Jean-Philippe
  • Jean-Pierre Darras ... Jacques Panivaux, the Bourgeois
  • Yvonne Gaudeau ... Gisèle Panivaux, the Bourgeoise
  • Jacques Frantz ... Rocheteau
  • Claire Richard ... Blanche Hirondelle "Bach Yen", the Vietnamese fiancée of Gaulard
  • Blanche Ravalec ... Marguerite
  • Claude Brosset ... Gustave
  • Bernard Granger ... Jeannot
  • Éric Desmaretz ... the judge
  • Katia Tchenko ... the prostitute
  • Bruno Balp ... Gaston Buteau
  • Janine Souchon ... Josette Buteau
  • Christian Bouillette ... Dupuis
  • Alain Doutey ... the inspector
  • Robert Dalban ... the bar owner
  • Henri Poirier ... brigadier CRS


The film was released 10 years after the May 1968 events in France.


  • Gérard Oury (1988). Orban (ed.). Mémoires d'éléphant. p. 330. ISBN 2855654351. (reprinted by Presses Pocket in 1989, ISBN 2266030639, and by Plon in 1999, ISBN 2259191835)


  1. "La Carapate (1978) - JPBox-Office". Retrieved 16 January 2019.

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