Film: Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez
Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez
is a 1964 French comedy film starring Louis de Funès
. The film takes place in Saint-Tropez
, a fashionable resort on the French Riviera. De Funès plays Ludovic Cruchot, the sergeant of the local brigade of gendarmerie (a French police force
The film proved very popular with audiences (and not at all with critics)
and has spawned five sequels:
- Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez (1964): Ludovic Cruchot has been re-assigned to the Mediterranean seaside commune of Saint-Tropez under the orders of command sergeant major Gerber (played by Michel Galabru). He is tasked to hunt down and arrest nudists. Meanwhile, a Rembrandt painting has been stolen.
- Le Gendarme à New York (The Gendarme in New York, 1965): The gendarmes of St. Tropez are invited to New York City to a law enforcement conference.
- Le Gendarme se marie (The Gendarme Gets Married, 1968): Cruchot meets the widow Josépha. They quickly fall in love. But Cruchot's daughter doesn't like Josépha and is determined to prevent the wedding by all means necessary.
- Le Gendarme en balade (The Gendarme to Stroll, 1971): The gendarmes are forced into retirement to make way for a younger breed, and they don't react very well to it. Even so, when they learn that one of them has had an accident and has become amnesiac, they reunite to help him get his memory back.
- Le Gendarme et les extra-terrestres (The Gendarme and the Extra-Terrestrials, 1978): Cruchot has discovered that aliens have arrived in the town in a Flying Saucer. The aliens (which are made of iron) can duplicate the forms of humans and are skilled in the ways of telekinesis. They promptly impersonate the policemen, which soon creates confusion.
- Le Gendarme et les gendarmettes (The Gendarme and the Gendarmettes, 1982): Four young and beautiful female police officers come to learn from the old gendarmes but it turns out they are coping much better with problems than their teachers (the fact that the entire old male brigade is Distracted by the Sexy doesn't help). Things get hotted up when the "gendarmettes" are kidnapped one by one.
The Gendarme series provides examples of the following tropes: