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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

A classical french film noir with also two great actors.

Author: GUENOT PHILIPPE ( from France
16 February 2008

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First, let me tell you my surprise to be the first to comment this title. I don't believe it !!!

It's a movie which has been released at least ten times on the french broadcasts. A movie with Jean Gabin - the greatest french actor ever - and Robert Stack, who is well known all around the world, at least as the famous Elliot Ness...

I won't present him.

A film where these two mega stars play together should already have been commented by the IMDb users. I really don't understand...

A caper movie. Once more.

Gabin plays a retired hoodlum, owner of a restaurant, who decides, for the last time, to prepare the biggest "job" of his career. A bank robbery, the bank which is just in front of his restaurant.

In that purpose, he needs help...

And an old friend of his suddenly reappears. An ex US soldier the old

thug met in the past, in another place.

But everything will not be as they expected...

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Average caper movie

Author: gridoon2014
8 January 2011

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This movie is included in (and apparently gives its English name to) a DVD pack called "Action Man Collection". The picture quality is fine, but the sound quality is not: there is a lot of background hiss, the dubbing is off-synch, and at one point you can hear dialogue from two different scenes mixed up together (luckily, this only lasts a few seconds). Because of the poor dubbing, it's hard to fully judge the actors' performances, though it cannot be denied that Jean Gabin still had a commanding presence, and Margaret Lee's seemingly thankless role grows in significance until it becomes the catalyst for the downbeat "crime does not pay" ending. The caper itself is pretty unconvincing (don't they check surprise replacements in security guards?). All in all, middle-of-the-road stuff. **1/2 out of 4.

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6 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Bloody Grandma

Author: dbdumonteil
25 March 2009

An anachronism.The derivative screenplay is never exciting ,bearing more than a distance resemblance to Becker's "Touchez Pas Au Grisbi".(1954).Besides,Gabin is a restaurateur again ,like he was in Duvivier's classic "Voici Le Temps Des Assassins"(1956) where Lucienne Bogaert was one of the villains (she's here the evil gangster's ma).And one should add that Jean Delannoy ,who had been a talented director ,whatever the Nouvelle Vague's view on that matter,was in 1967 the ghost of himself.Casting Robert Stack was not really an injection of fresh blood in a hackneyed story .If the American actor was not dubbed ,hats off to the untouchable for his French is perfect.Robert Stack reportedly said he wanted to work with Truffaut and he had to make do with Delannoy.Suzanne Flon is wasted and Margaret Lee has no screen presence. This flick belong to the fifties.

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