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Objective 500 Million (1966)

Objectif: 500 millions (original title)
Reichau, a former army captain, is back in France after serving three years in prison for belonging to the OAS(Secret Armed Organization), a dissident paramilitary group during the Algerian... See full summary »

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Yo
Jean-Claude Rolland ...
Etienne Bierry ...
Pierre Fromont ...
Le commandant (as P. Fromont)
Jean-François Chauvel ...
(as J.F Chauvel)
D. Zimbaca
Thomas Hong-Maï ...
(as T. Hong-Mai)
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Maurice Auzel
Robert Blome
Henri Guégan
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Reichau, a former army captain, is back in France after serving three years in prison for belonging to the OAS(Secret Armed Organization), a dissident paramilitary group during the Algerian War. Marked by his past, he does not believe in the values of his country any more. At a loss to know what to do with his life, he agrees one day to take part in a heist set up by Pierre, a pilot, the very man who gave him away in Oran. The operation, in which Yo, a gorgeous woman, participates, consists in stealing a bag containing 55 million francs during a Paris-Bordeaux flight... Written by Guy Bellinger

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29 June 1966 (France)  »

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In Yo's apartment (Marisa Mell) the movie playing on her TV, is Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" . See more »

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Disillusioned vet Bruno Cremer executes a plane robbery
8 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Objective 500 Million" is a genuine French film noir from 1966. It seems to be overlooked.

This movie is an excellent showcase for Bruno Cremer and Marisa Mell. It takes its time to develop their characters as they plan to rob an airplane of a payroll by hijacking the plane and diverting it to a relatively unpopulated beach area.

Cremer plays a veteran who has been in prison after the unsuccessful Algiers putsch of 1961 that sought to overthrow de Gaulle. The man who betrayed his platoon is working with Marisa Mell to set up the robbery, and they invite in Cremer for his skills, even though he hates the betrayer. Cremer is thoroughly disillusioned and has suicidal tendencies. Mell's character is a successful model who wants more. She's said to be a bit of a nympho.

What helps makes this film so noir is the complete lack of sentimentality of the story and characters. Cremer's war experiences have left him very bitter. He has that stab in the back mentality that France betrayed its soldiers. When he threatens violence, he is believable. When there is some conviviality, it is not exactly of the carefree variety.

Much of the film occurs at night, in dark interiors, or in rainy and cloudy exteriors, making the movie atmospherically noir too.

This is another rather unknown and quite good noir awaiting discovery and wider circulation.


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