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L'aventure, c'est l'aventure

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L'aventure, c'est l'aventure
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Directed byClaude Lelouch
Written byClaude Lelouch
Pierre Uytterhoeven
Produced byGeorges Dancigers
Alexandre Mnouchkine
StarringLino Ventura
Jacques Brel
Charles Denner
Music byFrancis Lai
José Padilla
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
120 min
LanguagesFrench, Italian

L'aventure, c'est l'aventure is a 1972 French film directed by Claude Lelouch. Starring Lino Ventura and popular singers Jacques Brel and Johnny Hallyday, it recounts the adventures of five criminals who progress from conventional urban crime to international notoriety as celebrity kidnappers. The film was screened at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, but wasn't entered into the main competition.[1][2][3]


In Paris in 1972, a group of five career criminals realise that the rewards from their traditional way of life are shrinking in the modern world. Lino, for example, finds that his prostitutes want to be independent entrepreneurs recognised by the state. Jacques accepts that his bank robberies yield a low net return for high risks. After much discussion, the five settle on celebrity kidnaps. Their first target is the singer Johnny Hallyday, who is delighted at the publicity and himself writes them a huge ransom cheque.

Decamping with the proceeds to Latin America, they are hired by left-wing guerillas to kidnap the Swiss ambassador. The government agree to free twenty imprisoned revolutionaries in exchange for his release. When Ernesto, leader of the rebels, refuses to pay the kidnappers' fee, they kidnap him and sell his freedom for cash to three separate buyers; his soldiers, the government, and the CIA.

The gang decamp with the proceeds to the USA, where they hijack a 747 and return it for a fee in millions. Taking a holiday break on a yacht, they are hailed by five beauties in a speedboat. When the couples have paired off, Ernesto's soldiers scramble aboard. Under torture, the five men tell him how to access their Swiss bank account. Once he has their money, he hands them over to the French police, who put the five on trial.

Their defence lawyer craftily claims that the trial is political rather than criminal. Worried, the justice minister arranges for them to escape and fly out of the country. Landing in Africa, their skills are in immediate demand. The army is planning a coup on the day after the Pope arrives for a visit. The gang kidnap the Pope at the airport and demand that every Catholic in the world must contribute at least one dollar for his release.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: L'aventure, c'est l'aventure". Retrieved 2009-04-17.
  2. ^ "L'aventure, c'est l'aventure". IMDB. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  3. ^ "L'aventure, c'est l'aventure". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 18 September 2011.

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