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The Legend of Frenchie King (1971)

Les pétroleuses (original title)
Outlaw sisters in the old West inherit a ranch and try to settle down and develop relationships with neighboring family of lots of brothers.

Directors:

Christian-Jaque, Guy Casaril (uncredited)

Writers:

Marie-Ange Aniès (screenplay), Jean Nemours (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Bardot ... Louise / Frenchie King
Claudia Cardinale ... Marie Sarrazin
Michael J. Pollard ... Le Shérif
Micheline Presle ... Tante Amélie
Marie-Ange Aniès Marie-Ange Aniès ... Constance
Georges Beller Georges Beller ... Marc
Henri Czarniak Henri Czarniak ... Le docteur Miller (as Henry Czarniak)
Oscar Davis Oscar Davis ... Matthieu
Raoul Delfosse Raoul Delfosse ... Le Cornec
France Dougnac ... Elisabeth
Teresa Gimpera ... Caroline
Leroy Haynes Leroy Haynes ... Marquis
Valéry Inkijinoff ... Spitting Bull (as Valery Inkijinoff)
Jacques Jouanneau Jacques Jouanneau ... Letellier
Emma Cohen ... Virginie
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Storyline

The story takes place in Texas in the 1890s and begins with a train robbery staged by Louise (Brigette Bardot) and her four sisters. Among the loot is the title to the Little "P" ranch, which just happens to be located on a field of unexplored oil next to the property of Marie Sarrazin (Claudia Cardinale) and her four brothers. Louise and her sisters decide to give up the life of crime and settle down on the Little "P' ranch, but are harassed by Marie and her kin who is determined to force them out and acquire the old-rich property for herself. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

A Bawdy, Brawling, Bouncing Western Comedy! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Language:

French | English

Release Date:

16 December 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Louise and Maria's fight was filmed in seven days. See more »

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During Louise and Maria's fight, around the time they stop leaning on the shed, Louise prepares to punch Maria and there's a sudden cut to them grappling while in the same position. See more »

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Once available on Super 8, Sound, Colour, 400', but discontinued as of 1980. See more »

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O Christmas Tree
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by Ernst Anschütz
Sung by Claudia Cardinale (Maria Sarrazin) and her brothers
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a femdom West
18 January 2009 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

LES PETROLEUSES's marquee value was probably enough to have every European theater sold-out when it came out. Let's face it, no one would flock to see this for its plot and characterization and it probably wouldn't have been green-lit in the first place were it not for ravishing beauties Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale. With a story that could've been plucked straight from the pages of the famous European western comic Lucky Luke, Les Petroleuses is an irreverent euro-western cartoonish spectacle from start to finish, a low-brow comedy populated by stock characters and silly slapstick but still fairly entertaining as far as these films go. What really makes it worthwhile however is the screen presence of Bardot and Cardinale, none of which have to stretch their acting muscles to earn their paycheck, except look as gorgeous as possible. Seeing Bardot's bare buttocks and Cardinale doing a song number dressed in a skimpy cabaret outfit probably helped quite a lot.

Interesting to note is that Les Petroleuses plays like a male sex fantasy of female supremacy. Bardot plays notorious train robber Frenchie King, leader of four black-clad European babes, while Cardinale is in charge of a ranch and her four idiot brothers. All the men in the movie are stupid and incompetent buffoons, chief among them the sheriff who is a bumbling fool always running after his horse and Cardinale's perennially horny brothers. The women are sassy, bossing the men around and outsmarting them at every turn. Buxom beauty Cardinale has an old Indian housekeeper while Blond vixen Bardot has a black manservant (who calls the Indian his "red brother"). Both Cardinale and Bardot have the goofy sheriff wrapped around their finger. At one point Bardot kidnaps Cardinale's brothers, has them tied and stripped naked before her and rains buckshot on their bare asses! In the end, the sheriff drops his star and gunbelt on the floor and sighs in admission of defeat that "the west ain't no place for a man".

You can guess the conclusion from sheer arithmetics alone and the movie is pretty crude from a technical standpoint, but eurowestern fans will have a ball seeing two of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen duking it out for crude petrol.


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