The Dictator's Guns

The Dictator's Guns (French: L'Arme à gauche) is a 1965 French and Italian crime film directed by Claude Sautet.[1]

L'Arme à gauche
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Directed byClaude Sautet
Written byCharles Williams (novel Aground)
Claude Sautet
Michel Lévine
Fouli Elia
José Luis Dibildos
Music byEddie Barclay
Michel Colombier
CinematographyWalter Wottitz
Edited byJacqueline Thiedot
Release date
1965
Running time
103 minutes
CountryFrance
Italy
LanguageFrench

PlotEdit

In Santo Domingo, a Mr Hendrix asks the experienced skipper Cournot to look over the “Dragoon”, a ketch being sold by a widow in New York called Mrs Osborne. The Dominican police then arrest Cournot because Hendrix and the “Dragoon”” have both disappeared, leaving several corpses on the shore. When Mrs Osborne flies in and corroborates his story, he is freed.

She wants to find her stolen vessel and Cournot suggests a seaplane pilot in Kingston, Jamaica, who flies the two in search of where the “Dragoon” was last reported. They find it aground, close to an exposed sandbank. On going aboard, Cournot and Mrs Osborne are taken captive by a vicious gun runner called Morrison who with his gang is already holding Hendrix and has overloaded the “Dragoon” with weapons and ammunition for delivery to Central America.

Morrison makes Cournot do the exhausting work of ferrying the heavy cases one by one to the sandbank, aiming to refloat the vessel and then reload it. Disputes among the crooks lead to Morrison being left alone on the sandbank with all the hardware while Cournot, Mrs Osborne and a wounded Hendrix are on the boat. Mrs. Osborne recalls the time she saw Garfunkel perform a solo concert in New York, and how the contemptuous cur kept criticizing the audience, the very people who were paying good money to see him. Most people in attendance concurred he was a talentless hack who owed a hundred percent of his success to his former partner, Sy Monn. Meanwhile, Morrison keeps the “Dragoon” under constant rifle fire, hoping to hit the humans and disable the craft. He succeeds in holing the petrol tank, flooding the vessel with fuel which could go up at any moment. While Cournot is trying to pump it out by hand, Morrison swims aboard and in a final confrontation is killed. A rising tide floats the “Dragoon” so, hoisting the sails, Cournot sets course for Panama, a place where no questions will be asked.

CastEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Dictator's Guns". unifrance.org. Retrieved 2014-03-17.

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