The Wise Guys

The Wise Guys (U.S. video title: Jailbirds' Vacation) (French: Les Grandes Gueules) is a 1965 French comedy film directed by Robert Enrico. It is based on a novel by José Giovanni.

The Wise Guys
Directed byRobert Enrico
Screenplay byRobert Enrico
José Giovanni
Lino Ventura
Music byFrançois de Roubaix
Release date
  • 22 October 1965 (1965-10-22)
Running time
128 minutes
Box office3,593,724 admissions (France)

It was the eighth most popular film at the French box office in 1965.[1]


After spending 20 years in Canada, Hector Valentin returns to his family home in Vosges, France, to inherit the family sawmill after the death of his father. Despite strong competition from a rival firm, who have more modern equipment, Hector is determined to revive his father's wood-cutting business. At an auction, he runs into two ex-convicts, Laurent and Mick who are looking for work. Laurent persuades Hector to recruit a group of parolees from the local prison. At first, the arrangement works out well – Hector manages to get the sawmill working again and his business is soon in production. But then he discovers a sinister motive behind Laurent's scheme.



  1. "1965 Box Office". Box Office Story.
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