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Max et les ferrailleurs
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Jean-Loup Dabadie (screenplay) and
Claude Sautet (screenplay) ...
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17 February 1971 (France) See more »
Max is a Paris detective, aloof, independently wealthy, and frustrated by gangs of robbers whom he cannot catch... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michel Piccoli ... Max

Romy Schneider ... 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
Betty Beckers
Alain Belard
Jean-Paul Blonday
Jacques Cottin
Henri Coutet
Muriel Deloumaux
Michel Duplaix
Danielle Durou ... Nicole
Léa Gray ... Madame Saidani
Dany Jacquet
Jack Lenoir
Gaston Meunier
Bernard Musson ... Sarcastic policeman in canteen

Directed by
Claude Sautet 
Writing credits
Jean-Loup Dabadie  screenplay and
Claude Sautet  screenplay and
Claude Néron  screenplay and
Claude Néron  novel

Produced by
Raymond Danon .... producer
Roland Girard .... producer
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
Cinematography by
René Mathelin 
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Thiédot 
Costume Design by
Tanine Autré  (as Janine Autré)
Jacques Cottin 
Makeup Department
Renée Coulant .... key makeup artist
Jean-Pierre Eychenne .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ralph Baum .... production manager
Paul Dufour .... unit manager
Phillip Kenny .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Claude Sussfeld .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Noëlle Balenci .... sound editor
Pierre Davoust .... sound assistant
René Longuet .... sound
Jean Nény .... sound mixer
Alex Pront .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Paul Cornu .... assistant camera
François Lauliac .... assistant camera
Claude Mathieu .... still photographer
Charles-Henri Montel .... camera operator
Music Department
Jean-Michel Defaye .... orchestrator
William Flageollet .... score mixer
Eddy Marnay .... music producer
Other crew
Geneviève Cortier .... script supervisor
Mauricette Laglasse .... administrator

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Also Known As:
"Max et les ferrailleurs" - France (original title)
"Max and the Scrap-mongers" - Hong Kong (English title)
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112 min | Argentina:92 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Lily Et MaxSee more »


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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Here Come Da Judge, 18 August 2012
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

Max (Michel Piccoli) was once a judge but resigned, frustrated by letting guilty perps go due to lack of evidence. He joins the Paris Police Force and becomes a detective. Same thing happens - he can't arrest guilty mobsters for the same reason. As this obsession begins to consume him, he devises a plan, which amounts to a sting operation. He hopes this will restore some respect for truth, justice and the French way.

He befriends a prostitute who is also the girlfriend of a small time hood, who was once a childhood friend. Complications arise (you knew that, didn't you?), as the girl is attractive and comes with a heart. Max is stoic as well as obsessed and tries hard not to let sentiment interfere with his plan.

The film's pacing is uneven and involves a great deal of table-setting, so the film takes a while to get going. All the action takes place in the last 20 minutes - be ready to check your watch several times. But the ending is worth the wait, and that's as far as I can go without giving it away. Piccoli gives a thoughtful performance as a man driven by his conception of justice. He is tall and lean and is a commanding presence throughout. Romy Schneider as the bimbo gives what must be her best performance after years of fluff and junk.

This was apparently the film's US premiere as it was not shown here in its initial release. It played at Lincoln Center, NYC, 8/12.

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