CastJean-Pierre Cassel (Caporal), Claude Brasseur (Papa), Claude Rich (Ballochet), Jean Carmet (Émile), Jacques Jouanneau (Penche-à-gauche), Mario David (Caruso) WriterGuy Lefranc, Jacques Perret Release date23 May 1962 (1962-05-23) GenresComedy, Black-and-white, Drama Similar moviesCorporal movies, Directed by Jean Renoir, Prisoner of war movies
The Elusive Corporal (French: Le Caporal épinglé) is a 1962 French comedy film directed by Jean Renoir and starring Jean-Pierre Cassel. It was entered into the 12th Berlin International Film Festival. Renoir shot his film in Austria in 1961 from Jacques Perret's book based on his own prisoner of war experiences. Renoir's friend and assistant director Guy Lefranc had also been a World War II prisoner of war and had developed the project for seven years.
The story serves as a companion piece to the director's 1937 film, Grand Illusion, once more bringing together men from across the broad social spectrum of French society to depict one man's Sisyphean efforts to escape captivity in a German POW camp.
Jean-Pierre Cassel as Le caporal / The Corporal
Claude Brasseur as 'Papa' / 'Pop'
O. E. Hasse as Le voyageur ivre dans le train
Claude Rich as Ballochet
Jacques Jouanneau as Penche-à-gauche
Sacha Briquet as L'évadé grimé en vielle femme
Raymond Jourdan as Hippolyte Dupieu
Guy Bedos as Le prisonnier qui bégaye
Philippe Castelli as Le prisonnier électricien
Gérard Darrieu as L'homme qui louche / The cross-eyed man
Lucien Raimbourg as L'employé de la gare
François Darbon as Un paysan / The last man
Cornelia Froboess as Erika Schmidt (as Conny Froboess)