The Umbrella Coup
(Le Coup du parapluie) is a 1980 French comedy film
directed by Gérard Oury
, starring Pierre Richard
, Gordon Mitchell
and Gert Fröbe
The creation of the film was inspired by several assassinations of Bulgarian dissidents where so-called Bulgarian umbrella was used as a criminal instrument. The working title of the film was Le Coup du Parapluie Bulgare.
Grégoire Lecomte, the unlucky actor anxious to find a "real job", goes to take a screen test for a role of a killer, but gets to mafiosi
by mistake. He takes their don for a producer, and they mistake him for a hitman with whom they had an appointment. Deluded Lecomte signs contract with them. He is supposed to kill gun dealer Otto Krampe at his birthday party in Saint-Tropez
by piercing him with a cap of the umbrella
with a built-in syringe
with potassium cyanide
. Lecomte is not aware that it has to be a real murder.