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The Escape (La carapate)

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The Escape (La carapate)
La carapate Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Gérard Oury
Release Date 1978
Language French
Studio Gaumont International
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jean-Philippe Duroc Pierre Richard
Martial Gaulard Victor Lanoux
Marcel Duroc Raymond Bussières
Bach-Yen Claire Richard
Jacques Panivaux Jean-Pierre Darras
Gisèle Panivaux Yvonne Gaudeau

The Escape (original title La carapate) is a 1978 French crime comedy directed by Gérard Oury. Jean-Philippe Duroc (Pierre Richard), an attorney, visits his client Martial Gaulard (Victor Lanoux) in prison. Suddenly a prison riot erupts, Gaulard escapes, and the police is convinced that Duroc helped him, so now they both are wanted.

The following weapons were used in the film The Escape (La carapate):


Unidentified pistol

During the prison riot one of the convicts fires a pistol taken from an incapacitated warden. The pistol is seen only through the thick smoke so it's hard to identify it. Its general shape resembles M1911-style pistol, especially Colt Commander as the pistol seems to have a shorter barrel and a ring hammer spur.

Colt Combat Commander - 9mm
A convict fires his pistol.
The pistol seems to have ring hammer spur.

Unidentified revolver

When Gaulard robs a bank, a bank cashier fires a revolver. It is seen only from the muzzle. The revolver appears to be 5-shot so it can be Smith & Wesson Model 36 or some similar compact revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
La carapate-Revolver-1.jpg

Submachine Guns


MAT-49 SMGs are carried by gendarmes in several scenes.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
Several gendarmes carry MAT-49s.
MAT-49 is seen at the right.


Double Barreled Shotgun

A double barreled shotgun is seen in a locker on Gustave's farm.

The shotgun is seen on top.



Most gendarmes are armed with MAS-36 and MAS-36/51 rifles. Some of them are fitted with Tromblon Mle F3 muzzle grenade launchers.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
MAS-36/51 - 7.5x54mm French
A barrel of MAS-36 is seen at the left.
Gendarmes fire MAS-36s.
Gendarmes with MAS-36s patrol Paris during May 1968 civil unrest.
Gendarmes with MAS-36s guard the entrance on the helipad.
A gendarme fires a muzzle grenade launcher during the street riot.
Gendarmes hold MAS-36s in the same scene.

Berthier Mle 1916 Carbine

Berthier Mle 1916 carbines are also used by gendarmes.

Berthier Model 1916 Carabine
A good view of Berthier carbine.
A little blurry but still identifiable view of Berthier.


During the prison riot a guard is seen with a rifle that appears to be a MAS-49/56.

MAS-49/56 - 7.5x54mm French
The general shape of the rifle, especially the position of the front sight, matches MAS-49.

Berthier Mle 1907-15 M34

Some gendarmes carry rifles with straight bolt handles that appear to be Berthier Mle 1907-15 M34.

Berthier Mle 1907-15 M34 - 7.5x54 mm
A straight bolt handle can be seen.
Another view of the same rifle.

Unidentified hunting rifle

During the scene on the farm a bolt action hunting rifle is used by Gustave (Claude Brosset).

The rifle is seen on the bottom.
Gustave holds his rifle.
He aims.
Jean-Philippe Duroc (Pierre Richard) holds the rifle.

Other Weapons

OFX 37 Grenade

During the prison riot gendarmes use tear gas grenades. They appear to be the training version of the OF 37 hand grenade, the OFX 37, with a Mle 1935 fuze. However, the spoon of the fuze is atypical being straight rather than contoured to the body of the grenade, possibly indicating that it is a mock up.

OFX 37 hand grenade with Mle 1935 fuze
A grenade emits thick smoke.
A grenade is seen on the floor.

Tromblon Mle F3 Smoke Grenade Launcher

Tromblon Mle F3 smoke grenade launchers are seen mounted on MAS-36 rifles.

Tromblon Mle F3 smoke grenade launcher on MAS-36 rifle - 125mm
A gendarme fires a muzzle grenade launcher during the street riot.

Toy Luger pistol

Martial Gaulard (Victor Lanoux) uses two toy Lugers to commit the bank heist.

Gaulard loans the toys from two boys.
Gaulard threatens the bank personnel and clients.
Another view of Gaulard's pistol.
A close view of the toy gun.

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