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The Legend of Frenchie King (French title: Les Pétroleuses) is a 1971 Euro-Western comedy directed by Christian-Jaque.

Louise Leroi (Brigitte Bardot) and her sisters are famous bandits who, while robbing a train, find the deed to a ranch. When the train arrives in the French-speaking community of Bougival Junction, Maria Sarrazin (Claudia Cardinale) and her brothers find the map of the ranch in what's left of the train's loot, and discover that there's oil in the ranch. The Lerois move to Bougival Junction with Louise under the guise of Dr. Miller, who's the true owner of the ranch, and start a cold war with the Sarrazins over the property, and things become mildly complicated when the respective sisters and brothers fall for each other. A bumbling sheriff who can't speak French is caught in the middle of all this.

Provides examples of:

  • Accidental Hug: Louise and Maria when they're wrestling each other and they see the oil suddenly spilling out from the well.
  • Action Prologue: The train robbery within five minutes of the start which is where Dr. Miller loses the deed to the Frenchie King gang.
  • Alliterative Name: Louise Leroi.
  • Almost Kiss: Maria and the sheriff in the scene where she tries to seduce him into giving her the ranch.
  • Altar the Speed: Louise and Maria's siblings marry each other under the sheriff's watch before they're shipped off to prison.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Frenchie King gang is all women and they are exceptionally competent bandits who have pulled off multiple heists and continue to slip past authorities.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The Sarrazins join the Frenchie King gang and they all leave Bougival Junction, presumably going on to pull off more heists.
  • Apathetic Citizens: The population of Bougival Junction is terrified of the Sarrazins but literally does nothing to get them arrested and even treats them as average citizens on their off days.
  • Artistic License – Geography: No, Christmas in Texas is NOT like Christmas in Australia. Wintertime temperatures in Texas actually vary between mildly cold or very cold, like most of the Northern hemisphere.
  • An Ass-Kicking Christmas: It's an action movie with train robberies and hand-to-hand combat that takes place during Christmas-time (the film itself was also released originally in the Christmas season, as out-of-place as it seems).
  • Back-to-Back Poster: In many posters, the leads and rivals Louise and Maria are standing shoulder-to-shoulder and turned away from each other.
  • Ballad of X: "The Ballad of Frenchie King" tells of how Frenchie King was a manly man who dominated the West. One of the train workers sings it, ironically just before he gets conked on the head by a member of the eponymous (and very female) gang.
  • Bank Robbery: Louise and her gang are stated to have robbed many banks prior to the movie; they're only shown doing Train Jobs, however.
  • Bar Brawl: The Leroi sisters meet the Sarrazin brothers at the bar and try to cheat them at poker; when they're found out they start a fight, with flipped tables, broken chairs and general mayhem ensuing.
  • Bastard Bastard: Louise and her sisters were all born out of wedlock, and they are criminals just like their father. They're not super-mean, but they're not repentant about their lifestyle, either.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Neither Louise or Maria look much worse for wear following their fight, although they have visible bruises.
  • Behind Every Great Man: Maria talks about how Napoleon Bonaparte wouldn't have been who he was without the input of his mother, using the tale to lecture her brothers on how they should respect her more.
  • Best Friends-in-Law: Louise and Maria at the end, since their siblings marry each other.
  • Betty and Veronica: From the sheriff's perspective, Maria is the Betty, because she's more accessible and the one he has known for longer, and Louise is the Veronica, because she's the mysterious and aloof newcomer.
  • Bifauxnen and Lad-ette: Louise and Maria.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Louise shoots Maria's gun out of her hands, much to the latter's shock as she had assumed Louise to be helpless with firearms.
  • Book Ends: Starts (almost) with a train robbery and riding through the prairie, ends in the same way.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Both Little Rain and Spitting Bull (who have nothing to do with each other) wear generic headbands. Spitting Bull's has a feather, and he also wears the stereotypical leather vest and pants, plus a necklace of beads. Little Rain doesn't get all this because she's part of the Frenchie King gang and thus has to dress similarly to her sisters for character-grouping purposes.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Maria winks at the camera at the end.
  • Bribe Backfire: Maria tries to get Louise to leave the ranch by paying her triple the original price. That only succeeds in making Louise suspicious that Maria is hiding something (and she's also incensed by Maria's passive-aggressive hostility), so she stays to find out what it is.
  • Bullet Dancing: Maria shoots at the ground around Louise at the bar, causing Louise to stagger around ridiculously in her impractical dress. Later, Louise shoots at the Sarrazin brothers in the same way as a form of torture to make them spill Little P. ranch's secret.
  • Butt-Monkey: The sheriff is a klutz, frequently humiliated and outsmarted by Louise and Maria at every turn. Maria's brothers are also the victims of much slapstick and are completely cowed by Maria.
  • Cassandra Truth: Maria has proof that the ranch has oil, but even then her Aunt Amelie scoffs and doesn't believe her when Maria tells her about it and asks her for money to help buy the ranch.
  • Catch Your Death of Cold: Maria says that Louise will "catch her death" from swimming in the river.
  • Cat Fight: The movie's climax is a big hand-to-hand confrontation between Louise and Maria, who are both very comely and wearing dresses that display generous amounts of cleavage.
  • City Slicker: Louise and her sisters are pretending to be this, with their rather flashy dresses that are impractical for the setting, plus Louise pretending to have the qualifications to be a doctor in a setting where that was highly implausible for a woman. Maria makes fun of them for this, and is thoroughly surprised when Louise shows herself to be an ace with a gun and at riding bad-tempered horses.
  • Clothing Damage: The cat fight has a lot of loud sounds of clothes ripping that don't match up with any actual visible tearing and neither of them are aiming for each other's clothes in particular. Though, after it's over, Louise and Maria's clothes are certainly ruined.
  • Counting Bullets:
    Louise: This is just a detail, but you're out of bullets.
    Maria: So are you.
  • Dark Action Girl: Louise, Maria and the former's sisters. We're talking about a bandit chief and her mooks, and a vicious hellcat of a rancher.
  • Dark Is Evil: The outlaw Leroi family dresses all in black, unless they're going undercover.
  • Death by Irony: Doctor Miller gets killed in a random explosion right after the oil is successfully dug up.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: The Lerois have nothing but fond memories of their father despite him being an infamous outlaw. Their mothers, for their part, are glossed over and it's implied they didn't really know them.
  • Deus ex Machina: The explosion that kills Miller seriously has no cause to happen. It's just there to not make him a Karma Houdini and to make the movie a shorter one than it could have been.
  • Diagonal Billing: Averted due to coming out a few years before the movie that popularised this billing method. Despite their characters being equally important, Brigitte Bardot is billed ahead of Claudia Cardinale. The English version of the credits tries to remedy this preference by claiming they're listed in alphabetical order.
  • Did I Mention It's Christmas?: The fact that it's the Christmas season is not important to the plot, it's just there to match up with the movie's release, which happened to be in mid-December.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: The sheriff and Maria's brothers on a constant basis.
  • Distressed Dude: Louise concocts a plan to kidnap Maria's brothers so they'll spill what they know about the ranch. Thus, Maria has to go save her brothers on her own.
  • Double In-Law Marriage: Quadruple in-law marriage between the Leroi and Sarrazin siblings.
  • Dreaming of a White Christmas: One guy (French immigrant, as are almost all characters) complains that this will be his 17th Christmas without snow.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Doctor Miller's death is rather random and WTF-inducing.
  • Engagement Challenge: Maria promises the sheriff that she will love him if he can somehow make the ranch her property, though it's likely she never intended to keep her word. Also, the sheriff flat-out tells her it's impossible and doesn't even try.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Both Louise and Maria love their siblings.
  • Evil Versus Evil: The Lerois are bandits, the Sarrazins torment their town for the giggles (kind of like delinquents, if you will). Pick a side!
  • Famed In-Story: Frenchie King is famous throughout the west, regarded with a mix of fear and reverence, and ballads are sung about him (or her).
  • Family Honor: Louise is big on this. Her father is the late, original Frenchie King and she and her sisters became bandits to keep his name alive.
  • Fetishized Abuser: The Leroi sisters to the Sarrazin brothers; they knock them out, tie them up, and kidnap them. The latter group doesn't seem to mind.
  • Feuding Families: Louise and her sisters squabble with Maria and her brothers over the ownership of the ranch. The feud is, of course, most intense with Louise and Maria, whereas their siblings aren't that into it and wind up falling for each other. It comes to an end when Louise and Maria become friends after settling their differences and the siblings marry each other. Meanwhile the object of the feud (the ranch) has been irrevocably lost.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences:
    Maria: If we had met each other before...
    Louise: ... we'd have fought for fun.
  • Firing in the Air a Lot: The Sarrazins are introduced joyfully riding into Bougival Junction while firing their guns in the air and wishing everybody a merry Christmas. The villagers aren't exactly amused and scurry to hide from them.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Maria is the responsible sister to her four foolish brothers.
  • Fourth-Date Marriage: Louise and Maria's siblings only really interact with each other twice before marrying, with most of their acquainting occuring during the kidnapping.
  • Gambit Roulette: Louise's plan to kidnap Maria's brothers relies on a series of Contrived Coincidences, yet she and her sisters act like they've got everything carefully predicted and set up.
  • Gambling Brawl: The Sarrazin brothers realize that the Leroi sisters are cheating at poker and denounce them, which leads directly to a Bar Brawl.
  • Generation Xerox: Maria's bossing of her brothers and men in general is apparently a common trait in every Pastucci woman (Pastucci being her mother's maiden name).
  • Genius Ditz: Subverted. The sheriff at one point suspects that Louise might be Frenchie King, but since he's attracted to her he pushes the thought aside.
  • Genre Blindness: After deciding to take possession of the ranch, Louise throws away her gun and encourages her sisters to do so as well. IN A WESTERN. She later acknowledges what a retarded move that was.
  • Geodesic Cast
  • Grin of Audacity: Both Louise and Maria give one before they start fighting.
  • Gossip Evolution: In a single conversation.
    Gossipy Hen 1: The ranch was sold to a doctor dressed as woman!
    Gossipy Hen 2: A woman dressed as a doctor!...
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Blonde Louise and brunette Maria. Louise's sisters are also two blondes and two brunettes.
  • Hammerspace: Is Louise really packing several sets of identical clothes multiplied by five in that single trunk?
  • Henpecked Husband: The Letellier couple (the owners of the local pub).
  • Heroes Love Dogs: The sheriff, who's the most heroic character in the film even if he has trouble living up to it in practice, randomly adopts a dog from the street.
  • The Hilarious Table: The family dynamics of the Lerois and the Sarrazins are revealed to the viewers through two such scenes (in the Lerois' case, it's a campfire).
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: Louise lets Maria land the first punch without defending or evading. There's no explanation as to why she would do that, but given the importance she places on blood ties, it might've been her way of apologizing to Maria for kidnapping her brothers.
  • Homosocial Heterosexuality: Louise and Maria humour the sheriff because he has the power to hand over the ranch to either of them, but otherwise don't care about him.
  • Horsing Around: The scene where Louise rides Maria's untamed horse.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In one scene, Louise tries to get under Maria's skin by saying that she almost mistook Maria for a woman. This is while Louise is wearing a very mannish outfit herself, and Maria is wearing a dress with a corsets underneath. Maria shoves the insult back in Louise's face by way of a musical number and a tame strip-tease to showcase her femininity.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Before the sheriff arrives at her house to negotiate the ranch, Maria adjusts her shirt to show some cleavage, obviously hoping it'll persuade him.
  • An Immigrant's Tale: It's the story of two French women trying to strike it rich in the Old West.
  • Internal Reveal: Near the end, Louise reveals to Maria, offscreen, that she is Frenchie King, something the audience knows from the start. Morgan also presumably connects the dots when Dr. Miller comes complaining to him about the ranch.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Louise interrupts her sisters making out with the Sarrazins in order to herd them to the basement for a torture session.
  • In the Back: The chemist dies by getting shot in the back by Doctor Miller.
  • Introdump: How the Leroi sisters are introduced.
  • Ironic Echo: At the start, there's this exchange.
    Chemist: Doctor, we are the kings of petrol!
    Miller: (shoots him) Kings are always alone.
    • Near the end, right before the explosion that kills him, there's this.
      Miller: (gleefully) I am the king of petrol!
  • It's Always Mardi Gras in New Orleans: The few days that this movie takes place in manage to include a festival celebrating the town's foundation anniversary, which is where Louise and her sisters kidnap Maria's brothers.
  • It's Personal: Louise fights Maria without aid from her sisters because she decided it was a personal matter.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Louise slaps Maria three times after she gets knocked unconscious during the singing scene. Averted during the Cat Fight; if one is down, the other doesn't touch her.
  • King of Thieves: Frenchie King, that is, Louise (and her father before her). "The Ballad of Frenchie King" refers to the outlaw as "king of them all" and "king of the West", though in practical terms, Louise only rules over her meager gang of four half-sisters (not that they're the worse for it).
  • Lady Macbeth: Maria tries to get the sheriff to hand her over the ranch through not-so-legal ways. Unfortunately for her, he turns out to be more wholesome than expected.
  • Leave Him to Me!: Louise does this three times concerning Maria. Possessive rival, isn't she?
    • First, right after meeting Maria, she tells her sisters, "You talk to the boys. I'll handle the girl".
    • Second, at the town fair, three of her sisters try to gang on Maria, but Louise signals for them to back off as she approaches her herself.
    • Third, before the fight, her sisters want to back Louise up. She refuses, saying it's between her and Maria.
  • The Legend of X: The English title.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Louise and Maria tacitally agree to use Good Old Fisticuffs instead of weapons.
  • Let's Get Out of Here: Miller is distracted by the oil spilling out, the officers are busy with the home-invaders right in front of them, and that gives Marquis and Spitting Bull enough time to sneak their mistresses out of there while Marquis says the stock phrase (or something to the effect).
  • Light Is Not Good: Maria and her brothers, as they dress all in white once they join the Lerois.
  • Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman: Morgan fancies Louise, but wants to bring Frenchie King to the gallows, unaware that Louise and Frenchie King are one and the same.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: The Leroi and Sarrazin siblings.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Maria's brothers.
  • Lovely Angels: Louise and Maria develop this dynamic after becoming friends.
  • Love Triangle: The sheriff has crushes on both Maria and Louise. Maria laughs off his attempts at courtship until she figures he can help her obtain the ranch. Once he makes it clear he won't help her with that, she spurns him for good and the sheriff seems to get over her. Afterwards, he turns his attention to Louise, but she only plays along with him to distract him while her sisters kidnap the Sarrazin brothers.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Louise and her sisters kidnap the Sarrazin brothers to get the secret of Little P. ranch out of them, but the sisters and the brothers spend the whole time flirting and making out instead, much to Louise's annoyance. The siblings all get married in the end.
  • Meek Townsman: Every man in Bougival Junction when confronted with Maria Sarrazin.
  • The Men First: Notice that Louise is always the last one to jump off a train that her gang has just robbed. In the last one she even has Maria jump before herself.
  • Minion Shipping: The Leroi and Sarrazin siblings.
  • Missed Him by That Much: The Lerois enter the Little P. ranch just as the Sarrazins are leaving their own.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Belphegor, Maria's untamed horse which she tries to sell to Louise. Belphegor is the name of a demon. He's called Beelzebub in the English version.
  • National Stereotypes: You know Maria is Corsican because she is Hot-Blooded and has lots of Napoleon Bonaparte busts at her house.
  • Non-Action Guy: Male characters are either useless (Maria's brothers), bumbling (Morgan), passive (Marquis and Spitting Bull) or capable but injured (Dr. Miller).
  • "Not So Different" Remark: The sheriff tells Louise that she's like a second Maria, "from out West". Louise obviously doesn't appreciate the comparison.
  • Not So Stoic: When the Sarrazin bros confirm that the ranch indeed has oil, the normally chill Louise has an outburst of joy but then checks herself and quickly puts her guard back up.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Maria gets a corset from her aunt (she's a singer at a saloon) for Christmas. She strips down to it during the musical number.
  • Off-into-the-Distance Ending: The movie ends with Louise, Maria and their siblings riding as a gang into the distant prairie.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: The Sarrazin brothers spy on the Lerois who are enjoying the river.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Louise and Maria at first. They become more obvious in their attempts to insult each other as the movie goes on.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Marquis and Spitting Bull treat the cat fight between their mistresses like sport.
  • Patriotic Fervor: The population of Bougival Junction does not like 'Americans', and 'American' is apparently an insult. No one seems to have any problem with the sheriff, though.
  • The Peeping Tom: The sheriff spies on Louise taking a bath.
    • The Sarrazin bros spy on the Lerois swimming in the river; Maria puts a stop to it.
  • Perpetual Poverty: The Sarrazins, despite breeding horses, still rely on their aunt's loans to survive.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Maria judo throws a guy for attempting to cop a feel.
  • Plot Hole: How does Doctor Miller get the money to treat himself considering he's in the middle of nowhere, incapable of moving and in the hands of someone who won't move a finger for him without getting paid?
  • Posthumous Character: The original Frenchie King was executed by hanging and has been dead for eight years, as Marquis and Louise reminisce. The Sarrazins' parents, whose graves we catch a glimpse of, died ten years ago.
  • Promotion to Parent:
    • Maria acts very much like a nagging, overbearing mother to her brothers. Louise lampshades to the kidnapped brothers that she's not a hundred percent sure whether Maria's their sister or mother, not that she cares much.
    • Louise also shows parental traits towards her sisters, calling them "my children" and going to look for them when they're late in arriving home. But her approach is a hell of a lot more hands-off than Maria.
  • Pun-Based Title: Les Petroleuses. A 'petroleuse' was a French radical feminist who would commit arson. The title is a pun based on the fact that the movie's plot deals with petroleum and very strong female characters.
  • Quirky Town: Bougival Junction is like a miniature France in the middle of the Wild West.
  • Really Gets Around: Frenchie King. The Lerois are all half-sisters. Do the math.
  • Red Baron: Louise's Frenchie King, Maria's Man in White.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Hot-blooded, abrasive Maria and cunning, laid-back Louise. They even have a yin-yang motif going on since Louise is a blonde in black clothes and Maria is a brunette who gets a white outfit at the end just to contrast Louise.
    • Overly emotional Marquis and stoic Spitting Bull are another example.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Maria's brothers are called Matthieu, Luc, Marc, and Jean. Maria is probably named for the Virgin Mary. Ironically, their family name Sarrazin is derived from Saracen, a medieval term for Muslim.
  • Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: The movie opens with Doctor Miller backstabbing and killing a man he was apparently in cahoots with. When it gets to the train robbery scene, it quickly becomes apparent that this is actually one of the lightest Euro-Westerns you'll ever see.
  • Runaway Train: Maria is the one to stop the train that Louise robbed, since she knocked out the driver in the process.
  • Samus Is a Girl: The Leroi gang doesn't reveal themselves as women until the train robbery scene is over.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: The sheriff quits his job at the end because he can't deal with some 10 criminals on the loose, especially as most of them are women.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: The Polish poster. But spare your excitement, as it's neither Bardot or Cardinale doing it. Instead it shows a caricature of a woman designed by someone who must've been on one hell of a bad drug trip.
  • Shameful Strip: Louise does it to the Sarrazin brothers as part of her torture, and gets an eyeful of them in the process.
  • Shipper on Deck: The Sarrazin brothers for Maria/the sheriff. The Leroi sisters' attitude during the musical number can be interpreted as them shipping Louise/Maria.
  • Shoot the Rope: When Maria asks what Louise plans to do in case she has to face a hanging, Louise nonchalantly replies that she'll use this trope.
  • Sibling Team: The Lerois by definition.
  • Sleep Cute: Maria's arm is slung over Louise when they faint and fall to the ground.
  • Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality: Level 6. Men are portrayed as being firmly under the women's thumbs, and never get in on any action. That said, the one brothel shown is of women, and Louise's fame as Frenchie King comes largely from her father.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Doctor Miller losing his oil deed kicks off the whole plot, but he has like five minutes of screentime.
  • Smug Snake: Doctor Miller. He dies while laughing at his success!
  • Spotlight-Stealing Title: It's just as much about Maria as it is about Louise 'Frenchie King'. Averted for the French title and its direct translations.
  • Squee: The Leroi sisters' reaction after first meeting the Sarrazin brothers.
  • Standing Between the Enemies: The sheriff successfully stops Louise and Maria's almost-fight in the bar, although he has to pretty much trip over himself to do it. When he tries the same with the Cat Fight, he gets uppercut and hammered down for his troubles, with either woman hardly noticing him.
  • Stealth Insult:
    Maria: And what's your area, doctor?
    Louise: The brain. (subtitles) / Lunatics. (dub)
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Nobody has any inkling that Frenchie King and "his" gang are really women since they keep their hair and faces judiciously hidden from sight while committing robberies. Once Maria joins the gang, she also becomes known as "The Man in White".
  • Tagline: "The West Ain't No Place for a Man", which in the English version is also the very last line spoken in the film, by the sheriff.
  • Tap on the Head: Maria hits her head on a doorframe after "Prairie Girl" and passes out, leaving Louise's sisters free to kidnap her brothers.
  • Teaser-Only Character: The chemist who gets shot by Doctor Miller.
  • That's What She Said: The sheriff attempting to practice his French results in this exchange.
    Sheriff: Good day ladies. I work... marvelously in the evening.
    Louise: Ooooh! How about during the day?
  • There Can Only Be One: Louise (who owns the ranch) and Maria (who knows where the oil is exactly) fight over the ranch, being too prideful to strike a deal and cooperate with each other.
  • Third Act Stupidity: If Louise had kidnapped Maria along with her brothers, things might have gone her way. Since she was posing as a doctor, it wouldn't have been a problem to bring her to her house under the pretext of watching her condition more closely.
  • This Means War!: Louise and Maria are amiccable (for a loose definition of the term) in their first couple of encounters. It's in the bar scene that they first fully express the tension between them, because Maria discovers that Louise had sent her sisters to investigate her brothers.
  • Token Minority: The Lerois have their black servant Marquis, and within the family there's Little Rain, who's half-Native American. The Sarrazins have their Native American servant Spitting Bull. And Dr. Miller has the Chinese acupuncturist.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Zig-zagged with Louise and Maria.
  • Train Job: Louise and her gang's specialty. The movie opens with them boarding a moving train and robbing every single passenger at gunpoint before making a getaway. It also ends with Louise and Maria getting on board the train taking their siblings to prison and successfully busting them out.
  • Translation Convention: In Bougival Junction, people "speak English, if necessary". It makes watching the English version rather amusing. It also makes the first interaction between Maria and the sheriff confusing, since she clearly makes a point of speaking only French and demanding the same of other people.
  • A Truce While We Gawk: Louise and Maria's fight stops when they see the oil geysering out.
  • Twisted Christmas: Louise's father was hanged on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas, Louise...?
  • The Unfought: Doctor Miller. He never personally confronts Louise for stealing his deed, and doesn't get arrested for his own crimes, instead dying anti-climactically in a convenient explosion.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Doctor Miller doesn't give a damn about why there are two women going at each other's throats on his property and just tells the sheriff to do his job.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: "Prairie Girl", from Maria to Louise.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: As expected of a western. Ten thousand dollars is the reward for capturing Frenchie King. It rises to fifteen when the Sarrazins join.
  • We Need a Distraction: Louise distracts the sheriff with a combination of wine and sexiness while her sisters go around town to kidnap the Sarrazin bros.
  • William Telling: Louise shoots the Sarrazin bros' hats off their heads in the bar scene. That is, after Maria shoots Louise's own hat off.
  • Women Are Wiser: Women are consistently shown as more intelligent and capable than men in this movie.
  • World of Action Girls: There are exactly zero male badasses in the movie. Louise, her sisters and Maria total six female ones.
  • Worthy Opponent: It takes until after the Cat Fight for Louise and Maria to acknowledge each other as such.
  • The X of Y: The English title and some other countries who dislike the sound of Les Petroleuses in their language (the Portuguese title is The Queens of Petrol, for example).
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: Maria performs one at the fair, though only down to the corset and stockings. The point of the exercise is apparently to troll Louise.
  • You No Take Candle: Spitting Bull.
  • Your Mom: Inverted as Louise insults her own aunt to insult Maria.
    Louise: You reminded me of my aunt.
    Maria: She sang?
    Louise: No, she sold fish.
    • And:
      Letellier: American!
      Town Drunk: American is your mother!