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Christian Biton is a skiing instructor in the Italian Alps. He has a wealthy girlfriend, Monica Scotti, and expensive tastes. To be able to live in style he has a plan : to lay hands on the 250,000 dollars that represent the gains of the winter resort where he works. He manages to persuade Monica to join in the heist as well as Bob Skinner, a ski racer down on his luck who needs the money to replenish his finances. The caper as such succeeds but the three accomplices should not celebrate too soon. An insurance investigator indeed appears on the scene... Written by
Robbery plan in the Alps utilizes the skiing skills of Olympic champ Jean-Claude Killy
"Snow Job" (1972) is a noir heist story filmed in the brightness of sun and snow in the Italian Alps. The star, Jean-Claude Killy, was a great Olympic medal winner, and the film has several amazingly filmed and amazingly skied sequences that show off his skills and those of the cinematographer. In one sequence, he skis down through a glacier, encountering a number of dangerous cliffs. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Mind you, I do not ski. The opening sequence is very beautiful as he skis down a mountain.
The story is about the preparations for a heist of cash, the robbery, the hiding of the loot in a mountain crevasse, and the post-heist problems. Killy recruits Cliff Potts and works with his lover, Danièle Gaubert. When Vittorio De Sica shows up after the robbery, which to that point was eminently successful, he steals every scene he's in. As in most noir heist stories, the aftermath is where the troubles begin. This is not a caper movie; it lacks the comic elements that go with that classification.
"Snow Job" is not bad at all. The acting is good. The skiing sequences run long, and one should be prepared for that. One more thing - "Snow Job" has two meanings or two sides in the movie.
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