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José Giovanni (novel)
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Release Date:
1 April 1960 (Italy) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Lino Ventura ... Abel Davos

Sandra Milo ... Liliane

Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Eric Stark

Marcel Dalio ... Arthur Gibelin
Michel Ardan ... Riton Vintran
Simone France ... Thérèse Davos
Michèle Méritz ... Sophie Fargier
Stan Krol ... Raymond
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 ... Chapuis
Charles Blavette ... Bénazet
Philippe March ... Jean Martin (as Aimé de March)
Corrado Guarducci ... Ferucci
Robert Desnoux ... Pierrot, l'enfant
Thierry Lavoye ... Daniel, l'enfant
Claude Cerval ... Raoul Fargier
Jacques Dacqmine ... Blot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Amyl ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Marcel Bernier ... Un Inspecteur (uncredited)
Jean Combal ... (uncredited)
Albert Daumergue ... Un Homme Chez Riton (uncredited)
Lucien Desagneaux ... Un joueur de billard (uncredited)
Bernard Dhéran ... Blastone (uncredited)
Marcel Gassouk ... Un homme à la poste de Nice (uncredited)
Guy Henry ... (uncredited)
Jean Madron ... (uncredited)
Carlo Nell ... Un joueur (uncredited)
Laure Paillette ... La Dame de l'Ascenseur (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Sautet 
 
Writing credits
José Giovanni (novel)

Claude Sautet (adaptation) and
José Giovanni (adaptation) and
Pascal Jardin (adaptation)

José Giovanni (dialogue)

Produced by
Robert Amon .... executive producer
Jean Darvey .... producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
Ghislain Cloquet 
 
Film Editing by
Albert Jurgenson 
 
Production Design by
Rino Mondellini  (as Rino Mondelini)
 
Makeup Department
Billy Bonnard .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
René Fargéas .... unit manager
Jacques Plante .... production manager (as Jacques Planté)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Bertrand .... assistant director
Mary Greco .... assistant director
Jean Lefèvre .... assistant director
Lù Leone .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jacques Dugied .... assistant art director (as Dugied)
Raymond Lemarchand .... props
Jacqueline Moreau .... assistant art director (as Moreau)
 
Sound Department
Jacques Lebreton .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Apoteker .... still photographer
Jean Chiabaut .... assistant camera (as Chiabaut)
Pierre Goupil .... camera operator
François Lauliac .... assistant camera (as Lauliac)
 
Editorial Department
Eric Pluet .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Simone Chotel .... production administrator
Ginette Diamant-Berger .... script girl
 

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Also Known As:
"Classe tous risques" - France (original title)
"Classe Tous Risques" - UK (imdb display title), USA (imdb display title)
"Consider All Risks" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
France:110 min | USA:103 min | West Germany:105 min | Argentina:110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric-Optiphone)
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
One of the best films Melville didn't make, 3 November 2008
Author: Dickhead_Marcus_Halberstram from Philadelphia

Classe Tous Risques (The Big Risk) is repeatedly recommended every time I look up a Jean-Pierre Melville film that I had to give it a watch as soon as possible. Since I've been discovering Melville and seemingly working backwards through his filmography, it would be easy for me to mistake this as one of his films, but it was made in 1960, by Claude Sautet, before Melville would come and stake his claim on french neo-noir.

Classe Tous Risques has two of the best lead men of the time, Lino Ventura and Jean-Paul Belmondo. Ventura plays Abel, a gangster exiled in Italy with his wife and two kids, who wants to come back to Paris because the police are closing in on him. After a roaring and fast paced opening with a big surprise, Abel eventually gets hooked up with Eric Stark (Belmondo) who wants to get into the criminal underworld. Stark becomes Abel's chauffeur and eventual only friend in an underworld that turns it's back on Abel after everything he's done and been through. The film shows the the duality of the two men, the older Abel at the end of his time after tragedy strikes him, and the younger Eric starting off the same way Abel did, falling in love with a beautiful woman who sticks with her man despite the world they are a part of. It never ends pretty for them, or their loved ones. Its one thing to see a individual criminal come to his demise, its different when he has loved ones he risks taking down with him.

Much like Melville's film, the seemingly simple story gets more subtlety complicated as it goes along. As usual, as what I feel with Melville's films, it left my head spinning (in a good way) and dying to re watch it again to pick up what I missed the first time. Classe Tous Risques is a definite keeper.

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