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Bob le Flambeur (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)
Jean-Marie Rivière ...
P'tit Louis, un gangster
Germaine Licht ...
Céleste Régnier, la concierge (as Germaine Amiel)
Yvette Amirante ...
La copine d'Anne
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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 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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Release Date:

1959 (USA)  »

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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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Jean-Pierre Melville auditioned Alain Delon for the character of Paulo. He rejected him for fear he would steal the show. See more »

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When Bob goes to ask for money to the race horse owner, you can clearly see the shadow of the camera on the ground. See more »

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Robert 'Bob' Montagné: I was born here. It was not so dirty then. And I left to conquer the world. I was 14 when I left my mother.
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Robert 'Bob' Montagné: I returned 10 years later, early one morning. I saw an old woman on her knees, scrubbing away, as she always had. That's how I recognised her. I left without a word. Then I sent her a postal order each month. One month it was sent back. She had stopped scrubbing.
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Early genre movie that helped to set the standards for coming movies.
27 July 2010 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is such a great movie, that does about everything right. It's an early French crime caper movie, that obviously helped to set the standards for later movies.

It's not like there weren't any movies like this prior to this movie but this is one that has all of the modern genre element type of ingredients in it, that we can still see back in todays movies. It perhaps makes this movie seem as a bit of a formulaic and generic one by todays standards but in the light of when this movie got made, it surely is a greatly original one. And it still really is one that is among the best, regardless of the fact that you probably have seen all of the elements in this movie being handled in later ones and better known ones as well.

It has a great story with some equally great characters in it. It's a very rich movie that also manages to capture the right tone, thanks to some fine directing. It has lots of typical crime elements in it, such as an heist, likable 'bad guys' and the cat and mouse game between them and the police.

It really is a fine made movie, that got directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. The movie has a good look over it, as well as a nice steady pace. The scene's are being build up great and the entire story gets told effectively. It's a great 'how-to' on directing and storytelling. It feels really like a Hollywoodized version of a French movie but in this case that's a good thing. It's also why this also helped to influence movies from Hollywood as well.

No reason why to not like this movie.

9/10

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