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Four Bags Full (1956)

La traversée de Paris (original title)
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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Grandgil
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Marcel Martin
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Jambier, l'épicier
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)
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Storyline

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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JEAN GABIN and BOURVIL in a REMARKABLE FRENCH FILM with suspense predominating of course - but also much more than just a soupcon of laughter! See more »

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Comedy

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Release Date:

26 October 1956 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Pig Across Paris  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$17,824 (USA) (31 May 2013)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship certificate : # 23043/ dated November 17, 1956. Visa d'exploitation en France : # 15104 See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Version of Folio: Crossing Paris (1959) See more »

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Composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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I don't quite get the enthusiasm for this film.
3 May 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Jean Gabin and Bourvil star in this film set during the German occupation. During this time, everyday items were often impossible to get and the black market, though very illegal, was the only way to get things like fresh meat and soap. The two stars of this film spend the evening trying to smuggle four suitcases full of pork through the streets of Paris without the Nazis catching them. Not the noblest of enterprises, I must admit.

The reviews for "Four Bags Full" are extremely favorable--and have ratings that mostly fall in the 8 or 9 range. Because of this, my sights were set very high with this film. This, combined with my love of French films, made me think I'd really like this film...but I didn't. I only found it passable and, most importantly, I kept having trouble staying awake as I watched. I guess I just don't see things the way others do when it comes to this movie. I found the plot sluggish and much of Gabin's behaviors through the film just didn't make a lot of sense. I also strongly believe the film played much better long ago...when memories of the occupation and rationing were still quite fresh.


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