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1 April 1960 (Italy) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 Naldi
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)
"Consider All Risks" - International (English title) (informal literal English title)
"The Big Risk" - USA
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France:110 min | USA:103 min | West Germany:105 min | Argentina:110 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric-Optiphone)
Argentina:16 | Canada:G | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1967) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1961) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | UK:12 | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (nf)
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CLASSE TOUS RISQUES (1960) - Italian TV Screening Review, 17 June 2004
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

I have just watched on Italian TV the excellent crime drama CLASSE TOUS RISQUES (1960; aka: THE BIG RISK), directed by Claude Sautet and starring the late Lino Ventura (in one of his best roles) and a very young Jean-Paul Belmondo.

This film came out at the tail end of a string of French gangster thrillers of the 50s, the most famous of which was, of course, Jules Dassin's seminal DU RIFIFI CHEZ LES HOMMES (1954; aka: RIFIFI). I haven't watched RIFIFI in a long time but I plan to acquire the Criterion DVD some time or other. In fact, I have only postponed it, really, because of the reported audio-synch problem present on the disc's first pressings and, being a non-U.S. resident, Criterion's policy dictates that no defective discs delivered outside Region 1 territories can be replaced! Still, in light of THE BIG RISK, I may risk it [sic] all the same!

When the film came out it converged with a spate of Nouvelle Vague releases including Jean-Luc Godard's A' BOUT DE SOUFFLE (1960; aka: BREATHLESS) starring, of course, Jean-Paul Belmondo himself. It is easy to assume that his characterization in THE BIG RISK is nowhere near as iconic as his Laszlo Kovacs in Godard's film, but after all his is a supporting role (albeit pulled off with confidence and charm) and he is all too obviously overshadowed by the underrated Ventura, who dominates the film from beginning to end. Ventura was a regular in gangster films of the period: he was in Jacques Becker's masterful TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI (1953; aka: HANDS OFF THE LOOT!) playing the main villainous role and in which he conducts an effective vis-à-vis with nominal star Jean Gabin, but he then took the lead for Jean-Pierre Melville's magnificent thriller set in WWII, L'ARMEE' DES OMBRES (1969; aka: ARMY OF SHADOWS).

Incidentally, next week Criterion will release Melville's BOB LE FLAMBEUR (1955) and I hope they can put their hands on other films by this French master, notably LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES (1950), from the play by Jean Cocteau; LE DEUXIEME SOUFFLE (1966; aka: SECOND BREATH), also starring Lino Ventura; LE SAMOURAI (1967), his undisputed chef d'oeuvre; the aforementioned L'ARMEE' DES OMBRES and LE CERCLE ROUGE (1970; aka: THE RED CIRCLE). It is worth noting that the last two may very well be future Criterion DVDs. For the record, I have recorded ENFANTS, SAMOURAI, ARMEE' and CERCLE (which I have yet to watch) off French TV, along with the atypical LEON MORIN, PRETRE (1961) and the little-seen LE DOULOS (1962; aka: THE FINGER MAN), both of which star Jean-Paul Belmondo.

To go back to THE BIG RISK, it was dismissed at the time as old-fashioned in light of the Nouvelle Vague, though the few stylistic touches it has are effective exactly because they are sparse and unexpected. After an explosive start, the film relaxes its grip for the first half in order to establish plot (somewhat unusual in its emphasis on the domestic problems of gangsters) and characterization (particularly in eliciting audience sympathy for the lone anti-hero). The plot does have its improbable turns: for example, Belmondo's and Sandra Milo's characters are a bit too good to be true, aiding Ventura without batting an eyelid (despite the obvious danger involved) just minutes after making his acquaintance, while the ending is a bit of a letdown (the film is abruptly interrupted and the plot resolved with a hurried voice-over explanation)...but Ventura's solid performance as a man betrayed, quietly desperate at first but driven eventually to sudden eruptions of violence, holds the film firmly together and makes THE BIG RISK a classic of its kind.

Other films by Claude Sautet I have watched are LES CHOSES DE LA VIE (1969), MAX ET LES FERRAILLEURS (1971; aka: MAX AND THE SCRAP-MONGERS), CESAR ET ROSALIE (1972), all on Italian TV, and VINCENT, FRANCOIS, PAUL ET LES AUTRES (1974), which I have recorded off French TV. All of these are low-key yet very interesting and thought-provoking films, aided a great deal by a superb selection of actors (Michel Piccoli in CHOSES, MAX and VINCENT; Romy Schneider in the first three titles; and Yves Montand in the last two). VINCENT, FRANCOIS, PAUL ET LES AUTRES is perhaps Sautet's best film: it co-stars Serge Reggiani, Gerard Depardieu (one of his first), Marie Dubois and Stephane Audran (an extended cameo, really, but effective nonetheless).

As I have said, I wish that some of the films I mentioned by Claude Sautet and Jean-Pierre Melville, including of course THE BIG RISK, will one day be released on DVD. Supplements for such films may be hard to come by, I guess, but a quality print in the Original Aspect Ratio with a transfer to match are the least we could expect for them. I know that some of the above-mentioned films are already available on French Region 2 DVD but unfortunately most of them do not carry English subtitles. Although I do have quite a basic knowledge of the French language, I am still not fluent enough to get by without any subtitles. However, I would very much like to read your opinions of French Region 2 DVDs and will affect a search through the Mobius archives for that purpose, though I may still have to post my queries about particular French DVDs which I am interested in purchasing in a new thread in this Forum in the near future.

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