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Any Number Can Win (1963)

Mélodie en sous-sol (original title)
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
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M. Grimp (as José-Luis de Vilallonga)
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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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Charles' house appears to be the last single one left between the new high-rise buildings. His wife was offered 15 Mill. Frs. to tear it down and make room for a new skyscraper. In fact the house is still standing with no more high-rise buildings around but those that are in shown in the film. See more »

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When Charles is entering the vault, M. Grimp is standing with his face against the wall, so he can't see neither Charles nor the bags. But he gives a very detailed description to the police later. See more »

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Theme from Any Number Can Win
Music by Michel Magne
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BIG SNATCH is an awesome French classic about hold-up with top-notch actors
16 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Charles (a magnificent Jean Gavin) is a mature delinquent recently released from prison . He renounces the plans his wife (Viviane Romance) about a simple and easy life . Charles pretends the perfect robbery recruiting previous cell-mate named Francis (Alain Delon, actor most often used in Verneuil films) . The hold-up is carefully schemed on the vault of Cannes casino in the French Riviera . Meanwhile Francis falls in love with a gorgeous baller dancer (Rita Cadillac). Francis wielding a machine gun and black masked hides himself on the elevator shaft and heads to basement where is the locker room . But the bad luck does the crime gone awry.

This heist movie packs thrills , emotion , romance, extraordinary performances and exciting finale burglary . Sensational acting by two big star names , Gabin and Delon . Strong secondary cast with Viviane Romance as the spouse , Jean Carmet as a barman and the Spanish Jose Luis De Villalonga as a Casino chief . Interesting and thrilling screenplay by the prestigious Michael Audiard based on novel by Zekial Marko . Atmospheric cinematography in black and white by Louis Page . Lively musical score with catching leitmotif composed and conducted by Michael Magne .

The picture is splendidly directed by Henry Verneuil , a Turkish director working in France from the 40s . Although not a director of great reputation among the critics , his movies have almost all been aimed squarely at the commercial market . Verneuil is an expert on heist-genre such as he proved in ¨The Sicilians clan(68)¨ also with Gabin and Delon , ¨The burglars(1971)¨ with Omar Shariff and Jean Paul Belmondo , furthermore on Warlike genre : ¨Weekend at Dunkirk¨ and ¨The 25th hour¨ and even directed one Western : Guns of San Sebastian(68)¨. He seemed to have dropped out of the film-making after 1976 , but in 1981 unexpectedly reappeared with yet another of his caper film : ¨Thousand millions of dollars¨ . Rating : Exceptional and above average, a must see for French cinema lovers and Gavin and Delon fans.


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