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The Wise Guys (1965)

Les grandes gueules (original title)
An ex-con with ulterior motives convinces the struggling inheritor of a sawmill to use convicts as affordable lumberjacks.

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Hector Valentin
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Laurent
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Jackie Keller
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Nénesse
Jean-Claude Rolland ...
Mick
Hénia Suchar ...
Christiane
Reine Courtois ...
Yvonne Didier
Nick Stephanini ...
Lucien Therraz
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Capester
Marc Eyraud ...
L'éducateur
François Vibert ...
Keller
Mick Besson ...
Raoul
Michel Charrel ...
Cuirzepas
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Skida
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An ex-con with ulterior motives convinces the struggling inheritor of a sawmill to use convicts as affordable lumberjacks.

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The Tall Trees Couldn't Hide...The Innermost Secrets of These Strange Men and Their Women!

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June 1969 (USA)  »

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Edouard Molinaro was first considered to direct the film. See more »

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Les Grandes Gueules
Written and Performed by François de Roubaix Et Orchestre
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From a time in film history when smoking a Gitane was drama.
2 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

A strange film. Riddled with clumsiness: fight scenes with punches missing by a mile and ridiculuous Foley work using interior echo for outdoor action; people working as lumberjacks wearing clean shirts at the end of the day, etc. etc.

Funny too that the actor Bourvil, best known as a comedian, comes across as

slightly mean, taciturn and unpleasant in a role obviously written to be warm- hearted. An aging Lino Ventura is frankly embarrassing as the romantic lead,

and his lazy gambit of instilling drama by lighting up yet another Gauloise or Gitane (count 'em!) should have been jumped on and stubbed out by the

director. The plot seems to borrow hugely from American films, and there is little local flavour. The bizarre highlight is the gang of convicts letting their hair down on a fairground carousel, gaily tossing confetti at each other, followed by the dramatic denouement when one of the convicts refuses to let a rival have a turn on a fairground game! Zut alors!


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