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Greed in the Sun

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Greed in the Sun
French film poster for Greed in the Sun
Directed byHenri Verneuil[1]
Written byMichel Audiard
Screenplay byMarcel Jullian
Based onOriginal story
by Claude Veillot
Produced byAlain Poiré
Irenee Leriche
Robert Sussfeld
StarringJean-Paul Belmondo
Lino Ventura
Reginald Kernan
CinematographyMarcel Grignon
Edited byClaude Durand
Music byGeorges Delerue
Ultra Film
Trianon Movies
Release date
  • 1964 (1964) (France)
Running time
122 minutes[2]
Box office3.4 million admissions (France)[3]

Greed in the Sun (French: Cent mille dollars au soleil) is a 1964 French-Italian adventure film directed by Henri Verneuil. The film was entered into the 1964 Cannes Film Festival.[4]


The forwarder Castigliano instructs Steiner to drive a new truck with a payload through the Sahara Desert. Steiner is new to the operation and is viewed with suspicion by the other employees. In the evening Steiner goes out with Rocco, Marec and some colleagues. The next morning the truck is gone. Castigliano is furious and orders Marec to retrieve the truck which was stolen by Rocco. Rocco with his girlfriend Pepa head towards the border. A wild chase begins through the deserts and impassable areas.

Marec travels with Steiner. When crossing a state it turns out that Steiner is actually called Frocht; he was the leader of a band of mercenaries in a coup d'état. Rocco succeeds in shaking off Marec several times. Mitch has to repeatedly come to the aide of Marec. After Rocco’s truck breaks down, he sets a trap for Marec and Steiner. Rocco forces Marec at gunpoint to exchange his roadworthy truck with the defective truck. Steiner tries to fight back and receives a gunshot through his leg. Rocco leaves Marec and Steiner stranded in the desert. Rocco tries to sell the cargo for $100,000 to a fence.

Marec and Steiner finally make it to the next town, where Marec abandons Steiner after expressing his disgust for the man and happens across Rocco in a brothel. A wild brawl erupts between the two, and when they are both too weak to beat each other up further, Rocco admits that he showed up to the rendezvous with the fence but the fence was not there. When he came back to the hotel, he discovered that Pepa had made off with the truck and the payload.



Director Henry Verneuil said the film was "a Western, but since in France we don't have horses, I use trucks. I give Jean Paul the hat, blue jeans, boots of a cowboy. He's one of the few young actors in France who is young and manly."[5]


Box office

The film was a box office hit in France.[3] It was the seventh most popular film of the year at the French box office.[6]


New York Times film critic Howard Thompson gave mixed review of the film, stating that "Some interesting ingredients hover in mid-air throughout this overlong film, which lacks real cohesion or impact".[7]


The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival.


  1. ^ "Cent mille dollars au soleil". (in French). Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal. "100,000 Dollars Au Soleil". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b Box office information for movie at Box office story
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Greed in the Sun". Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  5. ^ Barry, Joseph (21 June 1964). "THAT MAN' BELMONDO ON A MOVIE MERRY-GO-ROUND". New York Times. p. X7.
  6. ^ "1964 French box office". Box Office Story. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  7. ^ Thompson, Howard (19 August 1965). "100 000 Dollars Au Soleil (1963)". New York Times. Retrieved 10 February 2013.

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