La Poudre d'escampette (1971)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Comedy, War Adventure  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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Before the Allied invasion of North Africa in World War II, there was still plenty of confusion, and wartime national alliances often conflicted with personal friendships. Valentin (Michel Piccoli), a French black marketer, rescues Basil (Michael York), an English fighter pilot, off the coast of Italian-occupied Libya. The pilot is discovered by the police when Valentin leaves him with friends in order to visit with his Italian girlfriend. As a result, both Valentin and Basil are held in custody. They escape together and flee to the (neutral) Swiss Embassy, where they get help in the form of a car driven by the ambassador's wife. This French-language wartime comedy recounts their adventures on the journey out of Libya.



barnstorming, behind-enemy-lines, black-market, escape, friendship, police, rescue, survivor, war