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"That's it!!! We'll do it (...) a hold up!!!"
Victor Garnier (deciding to follow the priest advice on "taking back your belonging in order to save a thief soul")
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Let's Rob the Bank (Faites sautez la banque !) is a 1964 French heist comedy film.

Victor Garnier (Louis de Funès) is an humble hunting and fishing Shopkeeper and a father of three. Victim of a 419 Scam by the neighboring banker, Durand-Mareuil (Jean-Pierre Marielle), he wants revenge and plots an holp-up of the bank by digging a tunnel underneath: aided by his wife Eliane, his son Gérard and his two daughters Isabelle and Corinne, they start to build the tunnel the but things don't go has planned...


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Faites sautez la banque ! provides examples of:

  • 419 Scam: Victor Garnier is convinced by his Banker, André-Hugues Durand Maureuil, to place all his economies on a promising stock but after they are nationalized, they become worthless.
    Victor Garnier: That bastard of Durand Maureuil was knowing the "Tangana" stock will be nationalized... He has abused the trust of a good man like me!
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Corinne annoys her older sister Isabelle when Isabelle flirts with Philippe. (For example she starts playing the violin when they are talking together.)
  • Bookends: The movie starts with the Hunting and Fishing store's metal curtain opening up. It ends with the same curtain closing down, with the word "FIN" written on it.
  • The Caper: Parodied. The film is about a normal family carrying out an elaborate plan to rob a bank.
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  • Caper Crew: Victor Garnier is The Leader, Isabelle is the Distraction (she takes advantage of the fact that a bank employee is infatuated with her to get information), Gérard is the Muscle (he digs most of the tunnel) and Corinne is the Mastermind/the Smart Girl (she came up with the idea of digging a tunnel).
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Whether André Durand-Mareuil, the bank director, really swindled Victor Garnier or not is left ambiguous, but it is revealed in the end that he steals gold bars from his own strongroom.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Victor Garnier's Fatal Flaw. Since he has no idea on digging a tunnel, he asks suspicious questions to a employee of public works and then accidentally pierce a sewer pipe, a coal stock or even a underground station.
  • Double-Meaning Title: One that is Lost in Translation. In French, "Faites sautez la banque" is a saying for gaining big money in a place like a casino. Here, however, it becomes a Literal Metaphor with an actual bank robbing.
  • Family Man: Victor Garnier has his wife Éliane, his son Gérard and his two daughter Isabelle and Corinne. While he initially wants to do the robbery for himself, there is a brief scene showing that deep down, he also genuinely cares for his family
    Victor Garnier: Too late... It's over... In a few minutes, we are busted! Éliane... go prepare my suitcase and don't forget my blanket, the jailhouse can get pretty cold in the winter.
    [Éliane leaves slobbering and crying]
    Victor: [to his children] My children... be strong... our cause doesn't seem just... [to Gérard] Keep an eye on them, my son! Hide the treasures in hopes my sacrifice hasn't been for nothing... at least I'll know you will be fine.
  • Imagine Spot: When Victor Garnier is describing what he thinks Durand-Mareuil is doing with their money, we see an imaginary sequence of the corrupt banker literally throwing money away on a car, fancy diner, or expensive clothes for his mistress. And apparently, the rest of the family see it too.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Corinne Garnier (Catherine Demongeot), the youngest daughter, never loses an occasion to mock her siblings. Up to sarcastically playing the violin while her older sister is flirting.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: When his wife and kids are forced to go to a burial, his neighbors believe he has killed them for life insurance: a cop nearly discovers their tunnel but they manage to come back just in time.
  • Papa Wolf: When Victor's son is accidentally buried under tons of coal, he frantically calls his name and search him:
    Victor Garnier: [seeing the coal] What the hell is this? [sees someone trying to get out] Gérard? GÉRARD! My son! My child! Come here! [after freeing him] How are you?
    Gérard Garnier: Why in the hell didn't you install the heating with gas?
  • Shopkeeper: Victor Garnier is the owner of a Hunting and Fishing store. He briefly muses on using his guns to attack the bank but his youngest daughter, Corinne, estimate there is a 70% of failure.

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