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Classe Tous Risques (1960)
"Classe tous risques" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  1 April 1960 (Italy)
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Abel Davis is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ...
Abel Davos
Eric Stark
Arthur Gibelin
Michel Ardan ...
Riton Vintran
Simone France ...
Thérèse Davos
Michèle Méritz ...
Sophie Fargier
Stan Krol ...
Evelyne Ker ...
La fille de Gibelin
Betty Schneider ...
La petite bonne
France Asselin ...
Madame Vintran
Jean-Pierre Zola ...
Le patron de l'agence privée (as J.P. Zola)
Sylvain Levignac ...
Le détective de l'agence privée
Jeanne Pérez ...
Jacqueline Chapuis
René Génin ...


Abel Davis is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and Raymond commit a brazen robbery to get funds, killing two men; in the escape, more die. Abel arrives in Nice with the boys, calls his pals in Paris, and gets the brush-off. Reluctantly, they send a stranger, Eric Stark, to bring Abel to Paris, but he's getting the message he's on his own. Honor, friendship, and debt now count for little. What can Abel, a wanted man with two small children and only Stark as a friend, do? "Never give ground," he tells Eric, but how long can he hold to his code? Written by <>

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Release Date:

1 April 1960 (Italy)  »

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Classe Tous Risques  »

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Opening Weekend:

$11,945 (USA) (18 November 2005)


$94,552 (USA) (21 July 2006)

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(Western Electric-Optiphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Referenced in Nel cuore della notte (2002) See more »

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Life on the run is no picnic for Lino Ventura, a criminal, and his family
12 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this excellent film noir, Lino Ventura is a hardened robber. He has been in flight from France, living in Italy, with his wife and two young sons, but the police are closing in. He pulls off a robbery with his confederate, with the intent of returning to Paris, where the heat is off. The movie tells the story of the ill-fated return of him and his family. It has a razor sharp focus, namely his every move and his attempts somehow to lead an unpursued life and avoid the police and justice.

The story unfolds with a maximum of both happenstance and logic. Each step proceeds from the previous ones, including those that involve the lives of others with whom Ventura's life intersects. They have their own aims, standards of honor, fears, weaknesses and commitments, and from these interactions flows a logic of events that leads to the sealing of everyone's fates.

The story is told without excessive melodrama but not without emotion, and this draws us in powerfully, even though the lives of criminals are far from those of most of us. We still can see the common elements of humanity and human aspirations and ways that we all share, no matter what our circumstances.

This is a very well-executed film and belongs right up there among the best and/or major film noirs made in France or anywhere for that matter.

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