The Associate (1979 film)

The Associate (French:L'associé) is a 1979 comedy film directed by René Gainville and starring Michel Serrault, Claudine Auger and Catherine Alric.[2] A co-production between France, Hungary and West Germany it is an adaptation of the 1928 novel The Partner by Jenaro Prieto. The film served as the inspiration for a 1996 American remake The Associate.

The Associate
Directed byRené Gainville
Produced bySimone Allouche
René Gainville
Written byJean-Claude Carrière
René Gainville
Jenaro Prieto (novel)
StarringMichel Serrault
Claudine Auger
Catherine Alric
Music byMichel Bernholc
Mort Shuman
CinematographyÉtienne Szabo
Edited byRaymonde Guyot
France 3
Maran Film
Distributed byWarner-Columbia Film
Release date
22 August 1979
Running time
94 minutes
West Germany
Box office$1.6 million[1]

The film's sets were designed by the art director Sydney Bettex.




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