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Four Bags Full (1956)
"La traversée de Paris" (original title)

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Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Grandgil
Bourvil ...
Marcel Martin
Jeannette Batti ...
Mariette Martin
Georgette Anys ...
Lucienne Couronne, la patronne du cafe Belotte
Robert Arnoux ...
Marchandot
Laurence Badie ...
La serveuse du restaurant
Myno Burney ...
Angèle Marchandot
Germaine Delbat ...
Une cliente du restaurant
Monette Dinay ...
Madame Jambier
Jean Dunot ...
Alfred Couronne, le patron du cafe Belotte
Bernard La Jarrige ...
Un agent de police (as Bernard Lajarrige)
Jacques Marin ...
Le patron du restaurant Saint Martin
Hubert de Lapparent ...
L'otage nerveux
Hans Verner ...
Le motard (as Jean Verner)
Hugues Wanner ...
Le père de Dédé (as Hugues Waner)
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Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various characters and adventures until they are arrested by German police. Written by <chadourne@univ-lille3.fr>

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26 October 1956 (France)  »

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Four Bags Full  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,997 (USA) (24 May 2013)

Gross:

$17,824 (USA) (31 May 2013)
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Italian censorship certificate : # 23043/ dated November 17, 1956. Visa d'exploitation en France : # 15104 See more »

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Crew is seen in the mirror when Grandgil pass the door of Martin's home. See more »

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Good for a laugh, but...
18 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on a high school French field trip to the French Institute in New York. I had heard good things, but I must say that this movie does have its good moments, but overall there is not much to be gained.

Plot summary: Two men, a high-strung taxi driver and a smooth-talking painter, team up as an unlikely pair smuggling black market pig's meat in four suitcases across Paris to be sold for a large sum of money during the German occupation of France in WWII.

The camera-work is generally excellent as well as the acting, especially Borville ( after all, they're French ) but the biggest problems are the minor details. There are a few scenes that leave you feeling that they could've been planned, executed, and/or edited more effectively. Then again, there are a few scenes that are excellently planned, executed, and/or edited effectively.

Then there's the ending. Oi, if you thought The Return Of The King could've used some trimming, even if this ending is nowhere near as long, you'll know what needs to be removed when you see it. It's illogical, historically incorrect, and almost ridiculous. But it's French, so maybe it works.

From a modern perspective, it's a difficult movie to connect with. Although it does function as a period film, much of its relevance to today is virtually nonexistent. And much of the dialogue is cut during the English subtitling, so unless you're fluent in French, it'll be difficult to pick up on certain details. Overall, it's not a bad movie by any means, but it does leave much to be desired.


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