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Max and the Junkmen (1971)
"Max et les ferrailleurs" (original title)

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Max is a Paris detective, aloof, independently wealthy, and frustrated by gangs of robbers whom he cannot catch. To re-establish his stature and save face, he decides to inveigle a group of... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Max
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Julia Anna Ackermann / 'Lily'
Georges Wilson ...
Le Commissaire
Bernard Fresson ...
Abel Maresco
François Périer ...
Rosinsky
Boby Lapointe ...
Lui Serafino / 'P'tit Lu'
Michel Creton ...
Robert Saidani
Henri-Jacques Huet ...
A. Cyriaque / 'Dromadaire'
Jacques Canselier ...
Jean-Marie Patinet / 'Jean-Jean'
Alain Grellier ...
Guy
Maurice Auzel ...
Antoine Chantoiseau / 'Tony'
Philippe Léotard ...
Losfeld
Robert Favart ...
Loiselle
Dominique Zardi ...
Baraduch
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Augier ...
One of Lily's clients
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Max is a Paris detective, aloof, independently wealthy, and frustrated by gangs of robbers whom he cannot catch. To re-establish his stature and save face, he decides to inveigle a group of petty thieves (led by an old acquaintance) to rob a bank. A reluctant captain provides Max intelligence and Max starts spending evenings with Lilly, a prostitute who's the girlfriend of the group's leader. He poses as a rich banker with money to burn and encourages Lilly to think about her future. He hints at a payroll that comes through his bank. The plot works, the petty thieves think they're ready for a big score, and the cops are in place. What could go wrong with Max's cold plan? Who's entrapped? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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17 February 1971 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,264 (USA) (10 August 2012)

Gross:

$33,065 (USA) (11 January 2013)
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Michel Piccoli was so eager for the leading role of Max he brought Sautet an outfit designed by a tailor, who specialized for plainclothes police officers. See more »

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Referenced in Kottan ermittelt: Die Einteilung (1982) See more »

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Lovely noir
24 December 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Claude Sautet made some of the finest pictures I have seen, over a period of three decades. If the script he is shooting is occasionally less than interesting, it remains that Sautet's talent is very great. He teamed with Romy Schneider on five films, helping her to shed the sex-doll image she had picked up through the Sixties.

Max is an obsessed, aging detective who sees life through blinkers. His colleagues humour him, although one gets the impression they would like to see him pensioned off. Lily the prostitute he falls for represents the one mistake in his life, if love may be called a mistake. Sautet gives Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider plenty of room to develop their characters. There is one virtuoso sequence set in a junk yard in Nanterre, a run-down suburb of Paris: Rozinsky describes with no little humour the lives of some marginals, while Sautet's camera prowls around the site.


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