Hold-Up (1985 Film)
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Hold-Up 1985 Film
French film poster
Directed byAlexandre Arcady
Written byAlexandre Arcady
Jay Cronley (book)
StarringJean-Paul Belmondo
Kim Cattrall
Guy Marchand
Jean-Pierre Marielle
Music bySerge Franklin
CinematographyMichael Chapman
Distributed byGaumont
Release date
  • 23 October 1985 (1985-10-23)
Running time
114 minutes
BudgetCAD $8,000,000[1]
Box office2,367,294 admissions (France)[2]

Hold-Up is a Franco-Canadian crime comedy from 1985, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and directed by Alexandre Arcady. The screenplay by Arcady, Daniel Saint-Hamont and Francis Veber is based on the novel Quick Change by Jay Cronley. The novel was filmed again, as Quick Change (1990), with Bill Murray starring and co-directing.


Dressed as a clown, the clever rascal Grimm holds up the most secure bank of Montreal and takes 30 hostages. While confusing and ridiculing the police with his strange behavior, he calmly manages to rid the bank of a fortune. But then an unsatisfied companion arouses trouble...



  • The music that Grimm plays in Rome is a music by Nino Rota from La strada (1954), also featuring a clown as a main character.
  • 16th highest-grossing movie of its year in France.
  • First time in eight years that Belmondo has not delivered a top 10 hit movie. The last time that happened was 1976.


The CD soundtrack composed by Serge Franklin is available on Music Box Records label. It also includes the complete score of Alexandre Arcady's Last Summer in Tangiers (1987).


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