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The Last Adventure (1967)

Les aventuriers (original title)
Two adventurers and best friends, Roland and Manu, are the victims of a practical joke that costs Manu his pilot's license. With seeming contrition, the jokesters tell Roland and Manu about... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Enrico

Writers:

Robert Enrico (screenplay), José Giovanni (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Manu
Lino Ventura ... Roland
Joanna Shimkus ... Laetitia
Serge Reggiani ... Le pilote / Pilot
Hans Meyer ... Le mercenaire
Jean Darie ... L'oncle
Jean Trognon Jean Trognon ... Jeanjean - le jeune cousin de Laetitia
Odile Poisson ... Yvette
Irène Tunc ... La secrétaire de Kyobaski
Valéry Inkijinoff ... Kyobaski, le producteur (as Valery Inkiginoff)
Raoul Guylad ... Le snob
Jean Landier Jean Landier
Guy Delorme Guy Delorme ... Un tueur
Patrick Bernhard Patrick Bernhard ... (as Patrick Bernard)
Roland Fleury Roland Fleury
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Storyline

Two adventurers and best friends, Roland and Manu, are the victims of a practical joke that costs Manu his pilot's license. With seeming contrition, the jokesters tell Roland and Manu about a crashed plane lying on the ocean floor off the coast of Congo stuffed with riches. The adventurers set off to find the loot. Going with them is Laetitia, an artistic young woman who treats them like brothers, plays along with their schemes, makes sculptures of found objects, and dreams of buying an old fort at the mouth of the Charente. The Congo tip turns out to be a double cross, and the adventurers must pick up the pieces. A trip to Fort Boyard completes the circle. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Daredevil Pilot...Grand Prix Driver...Wild Beauty...Ptted Against a Pack of Human Sharks!

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 April 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Adventure See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A (kind of) sequel was made in 1983: The Ruffian. It was directed by José Giovanni (who also wrote Les Aventuriers) and again starred Lino Ventura. Delon was replaced with the young actor Bernard Giraudeau. The plot again is about the hunt for some hidden underwater treasure but now set in Canada. See more »

Goofs

Around 01:12:14, the mercenary gets shot on the wrist, but on the next shot, he's holding his arm. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Once Upon a Body (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Aventuriers
Written and Performed by François de Roubaix And Orchestra
Sung by Théo Sarapo
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Robert Enrico's second masterpiece.
21 August 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

...the first one being the unsurpassed "Au Coeur De La Vie"

Released when the nouvelle vague was à la mode and when critics did not care for the others (=who were not part of the Godard clique),"les adventurers " has stood the test of time remarkably well,so well that (God preserve us) some producers could think of a remake.

Robert Enrico had already directed "les grandes gueules" (1963) which enhanced male friendships in a Vosges Mountains sawmill and is still watchable today thanks to its good cast(Bourvil,Lino Ventura,Marie Dubois),and Enrico's effective directing.But nothing could have predicted "les adventurers" ,which seems today stronger than yesterday,when so many nouvelle vague "oeuvres " are reserved for highbrows and make too many people take to their heels when they hear about French cinema.

"Les adventurers" was based on the first part of a Jose Giovanni novel(who had written Becker's "le trou";Giovanni himself transferred the second part to the screen as "la loi du survivant").When it was released ,it was a huge popular success,but the critics were a bit condescending.

The Delon/Ventura/Shimkus threesome shines .They are true raiders ,in a way Indiana Jones is not:they have something to lose ,and they are human beings of flesh and blood.Enrico used the film sets with stunning results.He makes the scrap heap where Leatitia looks for waste material as poetic as the fort surrounded by the sea where the tragedy is resolved.François de Roubaix's extraordinary score enhances the scenes as few musicians can do.

The burial at sea is the most beautiful sequence of the sixties French cinema.I cannot think of a more haunting scene :anybody who has seen it never forgets it.Robert Enrico,who is not regarded as an "important" director in France has nothing to be jealous of his peers here.

A work to rival the best of Huston.


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