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Any Number Can Win (1963)
"Mélodie en sous-sol" (original title)

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Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon)... See full summary »

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Charles
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Francis Verlot
Claude Cerval ...
Le commissaire de police
Viviane Romance ...
Ginette
Henri Virlojeux ...
Mario (as Henri Virlogeux)
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Le barman
José Luis de Vilallonga ...
M. Grimp (as José-Luis de Vilallonga)
Rita Cadillac ...
Liliane
Jimmy Davis ...
Sam
Dominique Davray ...
Léone
Dora Doll ...
Countess Doublianoff
Germaine Montero ...
Mme Verlot (as Germaine Montéro)
Maurice Biraud ...
Louis Naudin
Carla Marlier ...
Brigitte
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Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon), to assist him in pulling off one final score, a carefully planned assault on the vault of a Cannes casino. Bad luck and Francis's lack of professionalism set the caper maddeningly askew, and the stolen cash resurfaces in an unexpected manner. Written by Michael Krugman <myriad@panix.com>

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He had the plan...and the place...and the gun! See more »

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The entire heist sequence lasts 26 and half minutes, and has very little dialogue. See more »

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Music by Michel Magne
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Prototypical Heist Flick
14 March 2004 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

A prototypical heist flick. Old ex-con Jean Gambin is looking for one last score before he retires -- the robbery of a casino on the French Riveria. He enlists Delon, a cocky punk, to help him. Has all of the features: old guy looking for one last score, young active guy who still sort of needs to learn the ropes, complicated heist relying on split second timing, things that go wrong at the last second, unexpected developments, a lot of masquerades, etc. Early on there's some playing around with the notion that Gambin symbolizes a time that is passing, but that isn't really developed, settling down instead to more standard genre fare. Heist is clever and well done, the remake of Ocean's Eleven later stole some of the ideas here. Final shot has that typical Gallic "throw your hands up in despair" kind of thing going for it. Cast is good, with Delon in particular a standout in the kind of role he was meant to play in those years.


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