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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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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric-Optiphone)
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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Better than Melville., 2 January 2004
Author: dbdumonteil

"Classes tous risques" is one of the best "gangsters" films noirs France has ever produced.Perfect cast :Lino Ventura,a young Jean -Paul Belmondo (who made "a bout de souffle",Godard's thing, the same year),Marcel Dalio and a fine supporting cast ;brilliant script by José Giovanni -who also wrote "le trou" Becker's masterpièce the same year!What a year for him!;wonderful black and white cinematography by Ghislain Cloquet.And taut action,first-class directing by Claude Sautet,who surpasses Jean-Pierre Melville .Whereas the latter films gangsters movie with metaphysical pretensions,which sometimes lasts more than two hours,Claude Sautet directs men of flesh and blood,and the presence of the two children adds moments of extraordinary poignancy which Melville has never been able to generate .And Sautet avoids pathos,excessive sentimentality:the last time Ventura sees his children,coming down in the metro (subway)is a peak of restrained emotion.

Ventura portrays a gangster whose die is cast when the movie begins.He thinks that he can rely on his former acquaintances ,but they are all cowards -we are far from manly friendship dear to Jacques Becker ("touchez pas au grisbi" ) which Melville was to continue throughout the sixties-sometimes abetted by mean women (the film noir misogyny par excellence),living in a rotten microcosm,ready to inform on -we are far from Jean Seberg's simplistic behavior in Godard's "opus"-.

Cloquet works wonders with the picture:the scene on the beach in a starless night when the two children see their mother die after the shoot-out with the customs officers is absolutely mind-boggling.

There's a good use of voice-over,which Sautet only uses when necessary;thus ,the last lines make the ending even stronger than if we have attended the scenes.

Claude Sautet had found a good niche ,and he followed the "classes tous risques" rules quite well with his follow-up "l'arme à gauche" (1965) which featured Ventura again and made a good use of a desert island and a ship.Had he continued in that vein,France would have had a Howard Hawks.In his subsequent works ,only "Max et les ferrailleurs " (1971) showed something of the brilliance he displayed in the first half of the sixties.He had become ,from "les choses de la vie" onwards,the cinema de qualité director who used to focus on tender-hearted bourgeois in such works as "Cesar et Rosalie" (1972),"Vincent François ,Paul et les autres" (1974) or "Mado" (1976)

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