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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
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The entire heist sequence lasts 26 and half minutes, and has very little dialogue. See more »
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 »
The skillful,efficient,sly Gabin takes to task his young associate
Verneuil made a nice,rather banal career with decent,unambitious "american movies" like this one,and also he became almost respected.I grant this was,anyway,somehow better,and surely more entertaining than his previous,French-populist phase.I guess I have seen some 8 of his films (Le Mouton a Cinq Pattes,Des gens sans importance,Un singe en Hiver,Mélodie en sous-sol ,Le Clan Des Siciliens,Le Serpent ,I Comme Icare,Les Morfalous );I grant some of them are rather good;I do not consider them extraordinary. But I think no one does.
I've seen I Comme Icare when I was 12 years,in '90.I've liked much Le Serpent .
"Melodie ..." is well-paced,sympathetic,clean,honest,and,above all, suspenseful.All it has to offer are its two leads,and that's not little.
Don't expect Ocean's Eleven ,yet.
Gabin has a honorary role in "Melodie ...",and not only his,but all the roles are simply epic conventions--no characterization at all.
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