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The Crook (1970)

Le voyou (original title)
Story about an incurable thief, his success and his failures.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Simon Duroc dit 'le Suisse'
Danièle Delorme ...
Janine
Charles Gérard ...
Charlot
Christine Lelouch ...
Martine
Yves Robert ...
Le commissaire
Judith Magre ...
Mme Gallois
Aldo Maccione ...
Aldo Ferrari
Paul Le Person ...
Le faussaire
...
Bill
Gérard Sire ...
Le maire
Jacques Doniol-Valcroze ...
Le banquier
Gabriella Giorgelli ...
L'italienne
Luciano Pigozzi
Mimmo Palmara
Pierre Zimmer ...
Martine's Husband
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Story about an incurable thief, his success and his failures.

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Crime | Thriller

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20 November 1970 (France)  »

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The Crook  »

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Jean-Louis Trintignant's character is named Simon Duroc. In the actor's previous movie with this director, the celebrated Un homme et une femme (1966), his character was named Jean-Louis Duroc. See more »

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References The Confession (1970) See more »

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A French crime film ahead of its time
7 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Thanks to other reviewers on IMDb. I picked up this pleasant surprise. The opening musical had me worried a little. But soon the clever plot revealed itself. This movie is witty and funny, several steps above a lot of Hollywood movies in the same genre today. It still looks incredibly fresh today.

The flashback is so seamlessly inserted that I watched the movie again just to find out exactly where it begins. There are moments that make you smile or laugh out loud: the movie-in-movie poking fun at the genre, the mentioning of LeLouch's another film – "un home et une femme", the kidnapping plot, the little details about the characters,etc. LeLouch's direction is fluid and stylish. The naturalistic acting is great and spot-on from the top down. I didn't know that Trintignant could be funny!!! In this movie, he is charismatic, charming, and ruthless all at once and never once goes over the top or shows any movie star self-awareness we usually see today.

This is a fantastic movie that can be watched again and again.


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