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Hold-Up (1985)

Dressed as a clown, the clever rascal Grimm holds up the most secure bank of Montreal and takes 30 hostages. While confusing and ridiculing the police with his strange behavior, he calmly ... See full summary »


Alexandre Arcady


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Grimm
Kim Cattrall ... Lise
Guy Marchand ... Georges
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Simon Labrosse
Jacques Villeret ... Jeremie (Chauffeur de Taxi)
Jean-Claude de Goros Jean-Claude de Goros ... Inspecteur Fox
Tex Konig Tex Konig ... Lasky
Raymond Aquilon Raymond Aquilon ... Frankie (Le Gardien)
Georges Carrère Georges Carrère ... Directeur de Banque
Yvan Ponton ... Tremplin
Guy Provost ... Le Maire
Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge ... Enfant au Lapin
Richard Niquette ... Otage (4 Enfants)
Yves Jacques ... Otage 400 S
Sophie Stanke Sophie Stanke ... Infirmiere


Dressed as a clown, the clever rascal Grimm holds up the most secure bank of Montreal and takes 30 hostages. While confusing and ridiculing the police with his strange behavior, he calmly manages to rid the bank of a fortune. But then an unsatisfied companion arouses trouble... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Comedy | Crime


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France | Canada


English | French

Release Date:

23 October 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezva finta See more »


Box Office


CAD8,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Stereo


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Quick Change (1990) was the last adaptation of a Jay Cronley novel for around fourteen years until the French film Nos amis les flics (2004) which was adapted from his novel "Cheap Shot". The first filmed version of Quick Change (1990)'s source novel "Quick Change" was a French film too, Hold-Up (1985), which starred Jean-Paul Belmondo. See more »


The airline operating the flight from Montreal to Paris is first shown as the fictional "TA" airline, as seen on the ticket folders or air sickness bag held by some characters and on the display board above the gate (which shows the flight number as "TA 403"). However, a P.A. announcement repeatedly refers to the same flight as "Air Canada flight 403". The airport scene concludes with the captain's announcement welcoming passengers aboard Air Canada followed by shots of an Air Canada Boeing 747 taking off. See more »


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FANTASTIC movie! A shame it's almost unknown!
8 August 2014 | by udrivemenuttySee all my reviews

I found out about this film from "Quick Change" with Bill Murray (1990). Both "Quick Change" and "Hold-Up" are film adaptations of "Quick Change" by Jay Cronley. But I'm not here for a history lesson.

"Hold-Up" is truly a comedy gem. Francis Veber serving as one of the script writers certainly helps this. Story-wise (I won't give any spoilers), the first act of the movie that takes place in the bank is almost the same as the remake movie. Both versions of the bank robbery are very fun to watch. What really makes "Hold-Up" stand out from the Bill Murray movie is the second act.

Although I love Bill Murray as an actor, I can firmly say that "Quick Change" was simply unbearable to watch. It gets old and stale after the bank robbery. The same thing happened to me when I tried reading the book. I suppose I can praise the makers of "Quick Change" for sticking close to the source material, but it won't help much if the book itself blows. And no matter how many celebrity cameos there are in that film, it doesn't help it.

"Hold-Up" shows us a lot more of the character's personalities. Kim Cattrall's portrayal as Lise shows us this demanding confident woman who makes her own choices in the end. In the original book and the second movie, she is simply the generic side-woman that "oos" and "ahhs" at the leading man. And speaking of leading man, Jean-Paul Belmondo pulls off an excellent Grimm, along with Guy Marchand as the sidekick (who plays the part of the sidekick with more dignity than Randy Quaid did). The late Tex Konig also gives a memorable performance as the truck driver who is desperate to get his dough, as well as an amusing cameo from Jacques Villert as the taxi driver. And it all ends with a wonderful and delightful twist!

The music is also less repetitive than the remake. This film does, however, use a musical snippet (Liza's Road) many times during the film, though cleverly played in different speeds and instruments; it achieves a continuous soundtrack that isn't typical 80's cop drama music played over and over and over again.

To make a long story short (too late), if you HAVEN'T seen "Hold-Up" - WATCH IT! Even if that means getting a region-free DVD player. It's WORTH IT! This film needs to get "out there" more!

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