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The Wise Guys (1965)
"Les grandes gueules" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  June 1969 (USA)
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Hector Valentin (Bourvil) returns to France from Canada when he inherits a small sawmill. He has difficulties restarting the run-down operation which has inefficient workers and is hampered... See full synopsis »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bourvil ...
Hector Valentin
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Laurent
Marie Dubois ...
Jackie Keller
Jess Hahn ...
Nénesse
Jean-Claude Rolland ...
Mick
Hénia Suchar ...
Christiane
Reine Courtois ...
Yvonne Didier
Nick Stephanini ...
Lucien Therraz
Roger Jacquet ...
Capester
Marc Eyraud ...
L'éducateur
François Vibert ...
Keller
Mick Besson ...
Raoul
Michel Charrel ...
Cuirzepas
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Skida
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Hector Valentin (Bourvil) returns to France from Canada when he inherits a small sawmill. He has difficulties restarting the run-down operation which has inefficient workers and is hampered by the dirty tactics of its bigger... See full synopsis »

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

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Nice setup and atmosphere with no pay-off
20 June 2007 | by (Paris, Fr) – See all my reviews

Les Grandes Gueules benefits from Robert Enrico's gusto for location shooting plus José Giovanni's talent for describing brawny he-male relationships. Thus the setup is great with those great French actors Bourvil and Lino Ventura. Then the supporting cast is pretty soon rounded up to strengthen the atmosphere but from there the movie is freewheeling, dragging its footage between subplots: the competition with the "monopolistic" sawmill, the tension at home between the tough guys, a touch of MacGuffin suspense and the vaguely romantic subplots.

What's enjoyable is the atmosphere of male camaraderie and the Vosges forest setting but there's not enough in the plot for the movie to last over 2 hours. What is more Lino Ventura has always been at a loss when it comes to playing a romantically involved character, let alone driving sexual chemistry. All in all an immature movie playing with its toys and friends until toys and friends are gone.


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