Les Fugitifs is a French 1986 comedy film, directed by Francis Veber. It was remade in 1989 as Three Fugitives , also directed by Veber.
After five years, Jean Lucas (Depardieu), is released from prison. He intends to end his criminal lifestyle. However, on his release day, when he goes to the bank to open an account, he is taken hostage by FranÃ§ois Pignon (Richard), who robs the bank. During the escape, Francois accidentally shoots Jean in the leg. However, Police commissioner Duroc (Maurice Barrier) doesn't believe Jean is a hostage, given his history of 14 bank robberies. Jean forces FranÃ§ois to go to the police and confess to being the robber so that Jean's name would be cleared, but once they arrive at the police station, the police mistakes Jean as the robber, forcing him to escape. FranÃ§ois follows, and ends up taking him to dr. Martin (Jean Carmet), a senile veterinarian friend of his late father, to treat his bullet wound.
FranÃ§ois was a former chief of sales at a textile factory, which went out of business three years ago, leaving him unemployed, and his daughter Jeanne (AnaÃ¯s Bret) has been catatonic since the death of FranÃ§ois' wife around the same time FranÃ§ois lost his job. Not wanting to leave his daughter, he asks for Jean's help to get him a new identity so that he can escape the country. Reluctantly, Jean contacts his old friend Labib (Jean Benguigui), whom he hadn't seen for five years, asking him to hook FranÃ§ois up with the fake ID. However, upon the meeting, Labib informs FranÃ§ois that his price for a new passport has now changed from 2,500 francs to 500,000. However, FranÃ§ois only made away with Fr84,000 from the robbery. Upon learning of the truth, Labib calls Jean, threatening to take FranÃ§ois to the police if Jean doesn't get him Fr500,000 in 24 hours.
Jean then steals a van and crashes into Labib's bar, rescuing FranÃ§ois. FranÃ§ois then writes a written confession for Jean to present to the police. Jean suggests FranÃ§ois to turn himself in, for he could get away with just one year in prison. However, just as he prepares to leave, Jeanne asks him to stay. After Jean leaves, Jeanne runs off. When FranÃ§ois and Jean chase her, they see her run into a park, where a stranger offers her a candy, and then takes her to the police, after Jeanne tells him about her mother being dead and her father being in jail. Witnessing the police take away his daughter, FranÃ§ois intends to kidnap her and leave the country, despite Jean suggesting him to turn himself in and face the one year jail time, promising that he'll visit Jeanne in the meantime.
Jean then meets up with Duroc and presents him the written confession, and is vindicated. He takes a job as a locksmith, and goes to visit Jeanne in the orphanage, where she now even refuses to eat and won't even speak to him, and is being guarded by the police. Later that night, as FranÃ§ois attempts to break the lock to break Jeanne out of the orphanage, when Jean shows up and picks the lock successfully. However, at first, Jean takes the wrong girl from the bed, and when she screams, it wakes up the police officer, who, however, trips on toys and drops her revolver, which FranÃ§ois picks up and threatens her into directing him to Jeanne, and upon finding her, locks the officer into a closet.
Jean and FranÃ§ois escape from the orphanage with Jeanne, but she is very cold. However, Jean gets a new client in the middle of the night - an intoxicated doctor, who, after a night of partying, had lost his keys. After the doctor examines her, he discovers a very low blood pressure on her, and gives her a pill of tonicardiaque. and advises the men to feed her normally.
Jean and FranÃ§ois break into a house for whom Jean just changed the locks, and who just left for a two-week vacation. However, in the middle of the night, when he goes to do preparations for the escape, Jean runs into Duroc, who informs him that the police have set up barricades across the country, thus he would not be able to get FranÃ§ois and Jeanne across the border. Jean hatches a plan - they dress up and pretend to be a family - Jean being the father, FranÃ§ois pretending to be the mother, and Jeanne, after getting her hair cut short, will act as their son, Jean-Claude.
They leave for a cross-country road trip in a stolen Renault 25. and encounter a police roadblock. To get past, Jean lies to the policeman that his "wife" is pregnant and about to go in labor. The policeman in charge assigns for two motorcycle cops to escort them to the hospital, but don't leave. However, as soon as they leave, after FranÃ§ois is being delivered, he jumps up from the stretcher and runs for the car, with Jean covering it up as a "nervous pregnancy".
Eventually, Jean, FranÃ§ois and Jeanne arrive at the Franco-Italian border, where Jean points out that Italy is just on the other side of the hill, and promises to visit them one day, while he intends to stay in France and start up his own life again. When FranÃ§ois and Jeanne leave, Jean watches from distance. However, after seeing FranÃ§ois nearly trip on the dress he's wearing as a disguise, Jean decides to accompany them.
The movie takes place in Bordeaux. which is located in the French department of Gironde. evident by the license plates on the cars in the movie ending with "33", which, between 1950-2009, was assigned to Gironde.
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