Gérard Oury

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Gérard Oury (29 April 1919 – 20 July 2006) was a French film director, actor and writer. His real name was Max-Gérard Houry Tannenbaum. The son of Serge Tannenbaum, a violinist, and Marcelle Houry, a journalist, Oury studied at Lycée Janson de Sailly and at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art. He became a member of the Comédie-Française just one year before World War II, but fled to Switzerland to escape the anti-Jewish persecutions by the Vichy government. After 1945 he restarted his career as an actor, performing in the theatre and in supporting roles in the cinema. Oury became a movie director in 1959 (The Itchy Palm (fr)) and gained his first success in 1961 with Crime Does Not Pay (Le crime ne paie pas). Joining André Bourvil and Louis de Funès as a comic duo, he burst into commercial filmmaking with 1965's The Sucker (Le corniaud). The film was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.[1] The following year, Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At! (La Grande Vadrouille) was even more successful, attracting the largest audiences ever in France (17.27 million admissions). This box-office record stood for decades, only surpassed in 1997 by Titanic from James Cameron. Oury shot the 1969 comedy Le Cerveau (The Brain) in English, starring David Niven in the lead role as a criminal mastermind. Living together with the French actress Michèle Morgan, he was the father of French writer Danièle Thompson and ...

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Don't Look Now: We're Being Shot At (1966)

During World War II, two French civilians and a downed British Bomber Crew set out from Paris to cross the demarcation line between Nazi-occupied Northern France and the South. From there they will be able to escape to England. First, they must avoid German troops ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Bourvil  •  Louis de Funès  •  Terry-Thomas  •  Claudio Brook

During World War II, two French civilians and a downed British Bomber Crew set out from Paris to cross the demarcation line between Nazi-occupied Northern France and the South. From there they will be able to escape to England. First, they must avoid German troops ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Bourvil  •  Louis de Funès  •  Terry-Thomas  •  Claudio Brook

The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)

In this riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities, Victor Pivert, a blustering, bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Slimane, an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assasins from Slimane's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Louis de Funès  •  Suzy Delair  •  Claude Giraud  •  Henri Guybet

In this riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities, Victor Pivert, a blustering, bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Slimane, an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assasins from Slimane's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Louis de Funès  •  Suzy Delair  •  Claude Giraud  •  Henri Guybet

The Sword and the Rose (1953)

Tells the story of Mary Tudor and her troubled path to true love. Henry VIII, for political reasons, determines to wed her to the King of France. She tries to flee to America with her love but is captured when she is "un-hatted" on board ship. In return for her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Annakin
CAST:  Richard Todd  •  James Robertson Justice  •  Michael Gough  •  Peter Copley

Tells the story of Mary Tudor and her troubled path to true love. Henry VIII, for political reasons, determines to wed her to the King of France. She tries to flee to America with her love but is captured when she is "un-hatted" on board ship. In return for her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Annakin
CAST:  Richard Todd  •  James Robertson Justice  •  Michael Gough  •  Peter Copley

The Sucker (1965)

In this Frenco-Italian gangster parody, a shop keeper on his way to an Italian holiday suffers a crash which totals his car. The culprit can only compensate his ruined trip by driving an American friends car from Napels to Bordeaux, but as it happens to be filled ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Bourvil  •  Louis de Funès  •  Venantino Venantini  •  Lando Buzzanca

In this Frenco-Italian gangster parody, a shop keeper on his way to an Italian holiday suffers a crash which totals his car. The culprit can only compensate his ruined trip by driving an American friends car from Napels to Bordeaux, but as it happens to be filled ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Bourvil  •  Louis de Funès  •  Venantino Venantini  •  Lando Buzzanca

Fantôme avec chauffeur (1996)

A chauffeur for a corrupt CEO, and a few hours later, his boss himself, are killed by the industrialist's associate. But their ghosts remain on Earth, and they try to tell the millionaire's teenage son the identity of the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Gérard Jugnot  •  Philippe Noiret  •  Jean-Luc Bideau  •  Charlotte Kady

A chauffeur for a corrupt CEO, and a few hours later, his boss himself, are killed by the industrialist's associate. But their ghosts remain on Earth, and they try to tell the millionaire's teenage son the identity of the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Gérard Jugnot  •  Philippe Noiret  •  Jean-Luc Bideau  •  Charlotte Kady

The Thirst for Gold (1993)

Urbain and his grandmother are stingy. They buy gold with all their money, and hide it inside the bricks of a wall at their country house. Jackes, his chauffer, and his lover (who casualy is the Urbain's wife) don't know this fact and think they have the money ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Christian Clavier  •  Marine Delterme  •  Tsilla Chelton  •  Philippe Khorsand

Urbain and his grandmother are stingy. They buy gold with all their money, and hide it inside the bricks of a wall at their country house. Jackes, his chauffer, and his lover (who casualy is the Urbain's wife) don't know this fact and think they have the money ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Christian Clavier  •  Marine Delterme  •  Tsilla Chelton  •  Philippe Khorsand

House of Secrets (1956)

Police in Paris recruit an English ship's officer (Michael Craig) to help trap counterfeiters by joining them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Green
CAST:  Michael Craig  •  Anton Diffring  •  Gérard Oury  •  Brenda De Banzie

Police in Paris recruit an English ship's officer (Michael Craig) to help trap counterfeiters by joining them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Green
CAST:  Michael Craig  •  Anton Diffring  •  Gérard Oury  •  Brenda De Banzie

Loves of Three Queens (1954)

At a wedding party involving three beautiful women, a young man should choose the most charming. But a professor intervenes to prevent the verdict, remembering the troubles caused by Paris in a similar situation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edgar G. Ulmer  •  Marc Allégret
CAST:  Hedy Lamarr  •  Massimo Serato  •  Alba Arnova  •  Elli Parvo

At a wedding party involving three beautiful women, a young man should choose the most charming. But a professor intervenes to prevent the verdict, remembering the troubles caused by Paris in a similar situation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edgar G. Ulmer  •  Marc Allégret
CAST:  Hedy Lamarr  •  Massimo Serato  •  Alba Arnova  •  Elli Parvo

Delusions of Grandeur (1971)

Don Sallust (Louis de Funès) is minister of the King of Spain. It is a being disingenuous, hypocritical and greedy that collects the taxes himself, he turns in part to his advantage. He is hated by the people he oppresse.Accusé by Queen, a beautiful princess ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Louis de Funès  •  Yves Montand  •  Alice Sapritch  •  Karin Schubert

Don Sallust (Louis de Funès) is minister of the King of Spain. It is a being disingenuous, hypocritical and greedy that collects the taxes himself, he turns in part to his advantage. He is hated by the people he oppresse.Accusé by Queen, a beautiful princess ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Louis de Funès  •  Yves Montand  •  Alice Sapritch  •  Karin Schubert

Lévy et Goliath (1987)

A very faithful Jewish man works making diamond dust in his family's workshop, to sell to industries. One day he goes on businnes trip. In the same train goes a very sexy girl, with some heroin bags (you guess it) very similar to the diamond bags. The police begins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Richard Anconina  •  Michel Boujenah  •  Maxime Leroux  •  Jean-Claude Brialy

A very faithful Jewish man works making diamond dust in his family's workshop, to sell to industries. One day he goes on businnes trip. In the same train goes a very sexy girl, with some heroin bags (you guess it) very similar to the diamond bags. The police begins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Richard Anconina  •  Michel Boujenah  •  Maxime Leroux  •  Jean-Claude Brialy

The Vengeance of the Winged Serpent (1984)

An international intrigue with terrorists threatening to blow up the presidents of the most powerful countries.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Coluche  •  Josiane Balasko  •  Maruschka Detmers  •  Luis Rego

An international intrigue with terrorists threatening to blow up the presidents of the most powerful countries.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Coluche  •  Josiane Balasko  •  Maruschka Detmers  •  Luis Rego

The Heart of the Matter (1953)

Based on Graham Greene’s novel, a married colonial police chief struggles with his conscience when he has an affair with a younger woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George More O'Ferrall
CAST:  Trevor Howard  •  Elizabeth Allan  •  Denholm Elliott  •  Peter Finch

Based on Graham Greene’s novel, a married colonial police chief struggles with his conscience when he has an affair with a younger woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George More O'Ferrall
CAST:  Trevor Howard  •  Elizabeth Allan  •  Denholm Elliott  •  Peter Finch

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DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Pierre Arditi  •  Sabine Azéma  •  Isaach De Bankolé  •  Riccardo Cucciolla

Le Schpountz (1999)

Irénée has no desire to work in his uncle's grocery shop and dreams of becoming an actor. His opportunity comes when a crew of movie makers came to his little village. Irénée begins to go over the top in order to be noticed, which earns him the traditional joke ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Smaïn  •  Sabine Azéma  •  Ticky Holgado  •  Martin Lamotte

Irénée has no desire to work in his uncle's grocery shop and dreams of becoming an actor. His opportunity comes when a crew of movie makers came to his little village. Irénée begins to go over the top in order to be noticed, which earns him the traditional joke ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Smaïn  •  Sabine Azéma  •  Ticky Holgado  •  Martin Lamotte

The Journey (1959)

A Communist officer falls hard for a married woman trying to escape from Hungary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anatole Litvak
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Yul Brynner  •  Jason Robards  •  Robert Morley

A Communist officer falls hard for a married woman trying to escape from Hungary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anatole Litvak
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Yul Brynner  •  Jason Robards  •  Robert Morley

Woman of the River (1954)

When peasant girl Nives is deserted by smuggler Gino Lodi, she betrays him to the police. Police officer Enzo Cinti, who loves Nives, traces her to the Po River cane-fields, where she is working as a cutter to support herself and an infant son, and warns her that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Soldati
CAST:  Sophia Loren  •  Gérard Oury  •  Lise Bourdin  •  Rik Battaglia

When peasant girl Nives is deserted by smuggler Gino Lodi, she betrays him to the police. Police officer Enzo Cinti, who loves Nives, traces her to the Po River cane-fields, where she is working as a cutter to support herself and an infant son, and warns her that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Soldati
CAST:  Sophia Loren  •  Gérard Oury  •  Lise Bourdin  •  Rik Battaglia

They Who Dare (1954)

In Greece during the war a small group of British commandoes and patriots land on an island with orders to attack two airfields from which the Luftwaffe is threatening allied forces in Egypt. The island is crawling with troops, and even moving by night the men soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Milestone
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Denholm Elliott  •  Eric Pohlmann  •  Akim Tamiroff

In Greece during the war a small group of British commandoes and patriots land on an island with orders to attack two airfields from which the Luftwaffe is threatening allied forces in Egypt. The island is crawling with troops, and even moving by night the men soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Milestone
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Denholm Elliott  •  Eric Pohlmann  •  Akim Tamiroff

A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later (1986)

Jean-Louis and Anne have had their fling and separated. Now 20 years have passed. He is still dating various women. She is now a big time director who's most recent film was a very expensive bomb. She comes up with the idea of making a romance based upon her fling ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Lelouch
CAST:  Anouk Aimée  •  Jean-Louis Trintignant  •  Richard Berry  •  Evelyne Bouix

Jean-Louis and Anne have had their fling and separated. Now 20 years have passed. He is still dating various women. She is now a big time director who's most recent film was a very expensive bomb. She comes up with the idea of making a romance based upon her fling ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Lelouch
CAST:  Anouk Aimée  •  Jean-Louis Trintignant  •  Richard Berry  •  Evelyne Bouix

Mr. Peek-a-Boo (1951)

A simple civil servant Léon, who has the unusual ability to walk through walls, falls madly in love with a hotel thief by the name of Susan. He poses as Garou-Garou, a dangerous gangster to attempt to woo her affections, but is arrested and sent to jail. While in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Boyer
CAST:  Bourvil  •  Joan Greenwood  •  Gérard Oury  •  Henri Crémieux

A simple civil servant Léon, who has the unusual ability to walk through walls, falls madly in love with a hotel thief by the name of Susan. He poses as Garou-Garou, a dangerous gangster to attempt to woo her affections, but is arrested and sent to jail. While in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Boyer
CAST:  Bourvil  •  Joan Greenwood  •  Gérard Oury  •  Henri Crémieux
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