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The Conspiracy (Le complot)

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The Conspiracy (Le complot)
Le complot Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
ESP.jpg Spain
Directed by Rene Gainville
Release Date 1973
Language French
Studio Productions Simone Allouche
Les Productions FDL
Eguiluz Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Commissioneer Lelong Michel Bouquet
Maj. Dominique Clavet Jean Rochefort
Paraux Raymond Pellegrin
Christiane Clavet Marina Vlady
Lt. Baudry Simón Andreu
Lt. Leblanc Michel Duchaussoy
Inspector Moret Gabriele Tinti
Inspector Marchand Ángel del Pozo

The Conspiracy (Le complot) is a 1973 French-Italian-Spanish action thriller directed by Rene Gainville. The movie is set in France in early 1960s when OAS paramilitary organization made last attempts in the war against General de Gaulle. Maj. Clavet (Jean Rochefort) prepares for a raid on the prison where one of the leaders of OAS is kept. Meanwhile Commissioneer Lelong (Michel Bouquet), assisted by the chief of secret police Paraux (Raymond Pellegrin), investigates the activities of Clavet's group.

The following weapons were used in the film The Conspiracy (Le complot):


Smith & Wesson Model 36

What appears to be a Smith & Wesson Model 36 is a personal handgun of Paraux (Raymond Pellegrin).

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special - 5 shot. First pattern with flat latch cylinder release.
Paraux holds his revolver in the final scene.

Unidentified revolver

A bank security guard holds a revolver. The gun is seen very unclear.

Le Complot-Revolver-1.jpg


Walther PPK

A Walther PPK is Commissioneer Lelong's (Michel Bouquet) personal handgun.

Walther PPK - 9mm Kurz aka .380 ACP
Lelong's pistol is seen at the right.
Lelong holds his pistol during the siege of Leblanc's apartments.
The barrel of Lelong's pistol is seen in bottom center.


M1911A1 pistols are seen in hands of police detectives and OAS fighters.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
What appears to be a 1911 is hold by an OAS fighter, disguised as gendarme.
Le Complot-M1911-1.jpg
Clave (Jean Rochefort) inspects an M1911.

MAB Model D

MAB Model D pistols are used by police. Leblanc (Michel Duchaussoy) takes a MAB from a guard during his prison break.

MAB Model D Type I - .32 ACP
Leblanc takes the guard as hostage.
What appears to be MAB Model D pistols is seen in hands of police inspectors in the final scene.
Clave (Jean Rochefort) holds a MAB in the final scene.
A police inspector at the left holds a MAB while arresting Clave.

Walther P38

Police detectives widely use Walther P38 pistols. Leblanc (Michel Duchaussoy) carries a P38 in one scene.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Leblanc draws a P38 when somebody knocks at the door.
An inspector at the right holds a P38.
An inspector at the left holds a P38.
A police inspector fires from behind the door.
A police inspector in white coat holds a P38 in the final scene.

Luger P08

A Luger P08 is briefly seen in hands of a police detective in one scene.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Le Complot-P08-1.jpg

Beretta M1934

In one scene an OAS fighter, disguised as a gendarme, holds a Beretta M1934.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
A fake gendarme pistol-whips a guard in prison hospital.


SACM M1935A pistols are also used by police and OAS fighters.

French SACM M1935A Pistol - 7.65 MAS/7.65 x 22mm Longue
Leblanc (Michel Duchaussoy) holds what appears to be an M1935A.
A detective at the left holds an M1935A.
Inspector Moret (Gabriele Tinti) holds an M1935A while arresting Clave.

Unidentified pistols

An OAS fighter carries a pistol in back pocket. Only the grip can be seen.

Submachine Guns


MAT-49 SMGs are widely used by gendarmes and OAS fighters.

MAT-49 - 9x19mm
Gendarmes with MAT-49 SMGs guard the cash truck.
Leblanc (Michel Duchaussoy) holds a MAT-49.
Hans (Dominique Zardi) fires a MAT-49.
Saporo (Robert Castel) inspects MAT-49s, stolen from the military arsenal.
Leblanc surrenders his MAT-49 to police.
Gendarmes carry MAT-49s in the final scene.
Baudry (Simón Andreu) at the left and another OAS fighter at the right hold MAT-49s in the final scene.
Saporo with Chatellerault M1924/29 machine gun and Abdur (El Kebir) with MAT-49 in the final scene.

Unidentified SMG

Unidentified SMG is seen in hands of a gendarme in the night scene.

A gendarme at the left holds an SMG.
Another view of the gun.
The gendarme fires.
The barrel is seen at the left.


Saporo (Robert Castel) holds a MP40 when performing the massacre in bistro.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Saporo fires from the car.



MAS-36 and MAS-36/51 rifles are seen in hands of French soldiers in documentary footage.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
MAS-36/51 - 7.5x54mm French
Le Complot-MAS36-1.jpg
Le Complot-MAS36-2.jpg

Machine Guns

Chatellerault M1924/29

A Chatellerault M1924/29 light machine gun is used by Clave's group.

Chatellerault M1924/29 - 7.5x54mm
Baudry (Simón Andreu) holds a Chatellerault machine gun at the left during the inspection of guns, stolen from the military arsenal.
Another view of the machine gun.
Saporo (Robert Castel) holds the machine gun in the final scene.
Saporo with M24/29 machine gun and Abdur (El Kebir) with MAT-49 in the final scene.

Other Weapons

M20 "Super Bazooka"

In several scenes OAS fighters use a M20 "Super Bazooka" launcher, stolen from the military arsenal.

M20 "Super Bazooka" with rocket - 3.5"
An OAS fighter fires the bazooka during the attack on the base of secret police.
Baudry (Simón Andreu) inspects the bazooka when the group prepares for the raid.

OF 37 hand grenade

OF 37 hand grenades are used by OAS fighters. They are mostly painted in blue which indicates the training version of OF 37.

OF 37 hand grenade with Mle 1935 fuze
Clave (Jean Rochefort) holds an OF 37 with blue-colored body.
In the same scene Clave takes another grenade, this one is with yellow-colored body. Sand yellow was used for live grenades, but this one is too bright.
One of Clave's men prepares a crate of grenades.
The same scene.

F1 hand grenade

In the final scene Paraux (Raymond Pellegrin) uses an F1 hand grenade.

F1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade with Mle1935 fuse.
Le Complot-Grenade-4.jpg


M8 Greyhound armored cars are seen in documentary footage.
M4A1(76) Sherman tanks are seen in documentary footage.

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