Cent mille dollars au soleil (Greed in the Sun). 1964. France/Italy. Directed by Henri Verneuil. Screenplay by Michel Audiard, Verneuil, Marcel Jullian, based on the novel by Claude Veillot. With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Lino Ventura, Bernard Blier, Gert Frobe. 130 min.
In a set-up that strongly recalls The Wages of Fear, a group of tough-talking, hard-drinking Frenchmen pilot freight trucks across the dangerous landscape of North Africa, taking pride in their courage and integrity until one of their number absconds with a valuable cargo. Belmondo and Ventura are at their most charismatic in this super-production directed by New Wave bête noire Henri Verneuil.