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The Gambler (1956)
"Bob le flambeur" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  1959 (USA)
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Bob, a old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend, a high official from the police, to rob a gambling casino in Dauville. Everything is ... See full summary »

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Anne (as Isabel Corey)
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Paolo
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Guy Decomble ...
Commissaire Ledru
André Garet ...
Roger
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Marc
Claude Cerval ...
Jean, le croupier
Colette Fleury ...
Suzanne, la femme de Jean
René Havard ...
Inspecteur Morin
Simone Paris ...
Yvonne
Howard Vernon ...
McKimmie, le commanditaire
Henry Allaume ...
Un gangster (as Henri Allaume)
Germaine Licht ...
Céleste Régnier, la concierge (as Germaine Amiel)
Yvette Amirante ...
La copine d'Anne
Dominique Antoine
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Storyline

Bob, a old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend, a high official from the police, to rob a gambling casino in Dauville. Everything is planed exactly, but the police is informed about the planned coup. Meanwhile in the Casino Bob starts to gamble. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,985 (USA) (27 July 2001)

Gross:

$41,010 (USA) (16 November 2001)
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Trivia

Bob drives a stylish 1955 Plymouth Belvedere convertible. See more »

Goofs

McKimmie demonstrates the four-dial combination-lock for the gang by turning all four dials before opening and closing it. But when Roger practices his safe-cracking technique on it, he misses the upper-right dial and instead works the lower-right dial a second time (after sandpapering his fingertips). See more »

Quotes

Roger: Locks are like pretty ladies. You need to practise to know them.
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Remade as The Good Thief (2002) See more »

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Perfected the clichés that made every filmmaker want to rob casinos.
29 September 2009 | by (Oz) – See all my reviews

"Bob the high-roller," as he was called in the translation I watched; loves gambling. He's also a thief. Everyone thinks he's retired, including the police sergeant he keeps in touch with. But he suddenly gets a taste for it again, and decides to put a group together and rob a casino. Remade un-memorably with Nick Nolte as The Good Thief, this black and white French original created the clichés that made the whole world sing, from Ocean's Eleven (1960), Reservoir Dogs (1991), Casino (1994) and every other breezy heist movie ever made. Stanley Kubrick said he stopped making crime movies because Melville made the perfect one here.

Great characters, a memorable score with jazzy sections, great performances, and probably the best pacing and story of any heist/noir/crime movie from the 30's, 40's or 50's. This is just guaranteed compulsively good entertainment, and as a first experience from Jean-Pierre Melville, instantly encourages me to see everything else he did. My next steps will by Le Cercle Rouge, Army in the Shadows and Le Samourai.


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