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Les Morfalous

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Les Morfalous
Les Morfalous DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Henri Verneuil
Release Date 1984
Language French
Studio Cerito Films
Les Films Ariane
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sgt. Pierre Augagneur Jean-Paul Belmondo
Adjudant Edouard Mahuzard Michel Constantin
Hélène de La Roche Freon Marie Laforêt
Boissier Michel Creton
Beral Jacques Villeret
Capitaine Ulrich Dieterle Pierre Semmler

Les Morfalous (literally The Greedy-Guts, in French argot) is a 1984 French action comedy directed by Henri Verneuil and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as Sgt. Pierre Augagneur of French Foreign Legion. The story takes place in French Tunisia in 1943 when a platoon of FFL is ordered to convoy gold from a bank in a town which is under German attack.

The following weapons were used in the film Les Morfalous:


Luger P08

A Luger P08 is a personal weapon of German tank officer Cpt. Dieterle (Pierre Semmler). Sgt. Pierre Augagneur (Jean-Paul Belmondo) disarms Cpt. Dieterle several times during the movie and takes his Luger.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is a 1917 dated handgun, thus it is a World War One firearm.
Sgt. Augagneur disarmes Cpt. Dieterle.
Luger is seen on the table.
Sgt. Augagneur disarmes Cpt. Dieterle the second time.

Unidentified pistol

The illegal gold trader (Junior John David) has a pistol tucked into pants. Only grip can be seen.

Les Morfalous M1911.jpg


Sten Mark II

Several French legionaires including Sgt. Pierre Augagneur (Jean-Paul Belmondo) carry Sten Mk II submachine guns.

Sten Mk II Submachine gun - 9x19mm
Production still: Beral (Jacques Villeret), Boissier (Michel Creton), Augagneur (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and Mahuzard (Michel Constantin) with Sten guns.
Legionnaire with Sten in night scene.
Augagneur with his Sten.


German soldiers are armed with MP40 submachine guns. After legionaries killed two of them, they take German uniform and MP40s.

MP40 - 9x9mm
German soldier with MP40.
Another German soldier with MP40.
Augagneur (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and Beral (Jacques Villeret) in German uniform with MP40.
MP40 is seen near the body of German soldier.


MAT-49s are seen in hands of several French soldiers in the final scene. This weapon is anachronistic for 1943.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
Several MAT-49 SMGs can be seen.



French legionnaires in the opening scene and French soldiers in the final scene are mostly armed with MAS-36 rifles.

MAS-36 7.5x54mm French
Barrels of MAS-36 rifles are seen near the dead legionnaire.
French soldiers with MAS-36 rifles.

Karabiner 98k

Several German soldiers are seen with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
Several 98k are seen at the background.

Machine Guns

Bren MG

Boissier (Michel Creton) and Augagneur (Jean-Paul Belmondo) use a Bren MG in the opening scene.

Bren Mk1 - .303 caliber
Production still: legionaires with Bren.
Production still: Sgt. Pierre Augagneur (Jean-Paul Belmondo) with Bren.
Boissier (Michel Creton) with Bren.

MG 34

When the German soldiers attack the French legionnaires, they use MG 34 machine guns.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
Les Morfalous MG34-1.jpg
Les Morfalous MG34-2.jpg

Madsen Model 1946

Madsen Model 1946 machine guns are seen mounted on the trucks in the opening scene. They are mocked up to resemble belt fed Browning M1919 machine guns by fitting a cosmetic box over the bottom and rear of the receiver, but they can be identified as Madsens by the shape of the top of the receiver and the top loading magazine well visible on the left side of the top of the weapon. In order to make the gun appear to be belt fed the last round on the ammunition belt has simply been hooked into the magazine well, which on the Madsen is coincidentally a shape which easily allows this.

Portuguese Madsen machine gun - 7.92x57mm.
The Madsen machine gun is mounted in the truck.
The Madsen is seen near the dead legionnaire. The actual rear of the Madsen in level with the back of the bulge on the top of the receiver, everything heind this point is a cosmetic shroud (including the rear pistol grip which appears to lack a trigger of any sort).
The gunner was shot before he could open fire. Note the the last round on the belt is simply hooked into the (coincidentally correctly shaped) top loading magazine well.

Other Weapons

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

When legionaries dress German uniform, Sgt. Pierre Augagneur (Jean-Paul Belmondo) carries a Model 24 Stielhandgranate but never uses it.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
Augagneur (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and Beral (Jacques Villeret) in German uniform. Model 24 grenade is tucked at Augagner's belt.


A Leuchtpistole flare pistol is used by Germans.

Leuchtpistole - 26.65mm
A German soldier fires a flare pistol during the night scene.

Rocket Launcher

A rocker launcher is seen in hands of French soldiers in the final scene. It is a little blurry and hard to identify. Due to its size it can be M20 "Super Bazooka" or RL-83 Blindicide or some other launcher.

Les Morfalous Launcher.jpg

Granatwerfer 34 Mortar

German soldiers use Granatwerfer 34 Mortars during the ambush scene.

8-cm Granatwerfer 34 (GrW 34)
Les Morfalous Mortar-1.jpg


SK-105 Kürassier Light Tank

Austrian SK-105 Kürassier light tank (produced in 1970s) acts as a German tank.

Les Morfalous Tank-1.jpg
Les Morfalous P08-3.jpg

Panhard AML 90 Armoured Car

French Panhard AML 90 armoured car (produced in 1960s) acts as a German armoured car.

Les Morfalous Armor car-1.jpg

Howitzer 105 mm M2

Augagneur (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and Beral (Jacques Villeret) use 105mm M2 howitzer to destroy the German stronghold.

Les Morfalous 105mm-1.jpg
Les Morfalous 105mm-2.jpg


Cinema poster.

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