Le Gorille Vous Salue Bien (1959)

Genres - Action, Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy Thriller, Spy Comedy  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Lino Ventura stars in this French espionager as a secret agent known only as "The Gorilla". While it's never fully explained how our hero earned this simian nickname, it is perfectly clear that The Gorilla is much sought after by the police and the criminal underworld. The cops suspect that the Gorilla is himself a crook, while the bad guys simply want to remove him from the face of the Earth. The main plot involves stolen plans for a new guided missile; in trying to retrieve these plans, the Gorilla runs afoul of counterfeiters and drug dealers, in addition to his usual enemies. Le Gorille vous Salue Bien (The Gorilla Greets You) was the first in a profitable series of spy flicks starring Lino Ventura as the title character.

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agent [representative], bad-guy, code [encryption], counterfeit, criminal, drug-dealer, drugs, espionage, France, good-guy, infiltration, international, investigator, missile, plans, police, robbery, secrets, top-secret, underground [counterculture], weapons