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13 April 1973 (France) See more »
Released from prison apparently under a New Year amnesty, a criminal tries to pick up the threads of... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Lino Ventura ... Simon

Françoise Fabian ... Françoise
Charles Gérard ... Charlot
André Falcon ... Le bijoutier

Mireille Mathieu ... Herself / Elle-même
Lilo ... Madame Félix
Claude Mann ... L'intellectuel
Frédéric de Pasquale ... L'amant parisien
Gérard Sire ... Le directeur de la prison
Silvano Tranquilli ... L'amant italien
André Barello
Michel Bertay
Norman de la Chesnaye
Pierre Edeline
Pierre Pontiche
Michou ... Himself
Bettina Rheims ... La jeune vendeuse
Joseph Rythmann
Georges Staquet
Jacques Villedieu
Harry Walter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anouk Aimée ... Une femme (archive footage) (uncredited)

Élie Chouraqui ... (uncredited)
Rémy Julienne ... Chauffeur de taxi (uncredited)

Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Un homme (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Lelouch 
Writing credits
Claude Lelouch (original scenario)

Pierre Uytterhoeven (adaptation and dialogue) &
Claude Lelouch (adaptation and dialogue)

Original Music by
Francis Lai 
Cinematography by
Claude Lelouch (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Georges Klotz 
Casting by
Arlette Gordon 
Makeup Department
Michel Deruelle .... makeup artist
Ava Monneret .... hair stylist
Production Management
Pierre Pardon .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Élie Chouraqui .... assistant director
Art Department
André Davalan .... property master (undefined)
Sound Department
Bernard Bats .... sound
Alex Pront .... sound mixer (undefined)
Bernard Rochut .... boom operator (uncredited)
Rémy Julienne .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Atellian .... grip
Alain Basnier .... assistant camera
Jean Collomb .... lighting director
Etienne George .... still photographer
Jacques Lefrançois .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elise Servet .... costumer
Editorial Department
Françoise Orsoni .... assistant editor
Other crew
Denise Cassotti .... production secretary
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La bonne année" - France (original title)
"The Happy New Year Caper" - USA (promotional title)
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France:90 min | Spain:115 min | Argentina:115 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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References Before the Revolution (1964)See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Romance and Heist, 10 September 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the end of 1972, the con artist and thief Simon (Lino Ventura) receives a remission to celebrate the New Year outside the Prison La Santé. While heading to his apartment in Paris to meet his mistress Françoise (Françoise Fabian), Simon notices that a car is chasing his cab. In the apartment, Simon leans that Françoise has a lover and he leaves the place without being noticed.

Simon recalls the Christmas of 1966, when he travels out-season to Cannes with his partner and friend Charlot (Charles Gérard) to heist the jewelry Van Cleef & Arpels. While plotting a scheme to rob the jewelry, Simon meets the intellectual antique dealer Françoise whose shop is the next-door neighbor of the jewelry and he falls in love with her. But his scheme does not work as planned and Simon is arrested.

"La Bonne Année" is a pleasant and stylish romance combined with heist by Claude Lelouch. The film begins with footages of the classic "Un Homme et Une Femme" and has a non-linear screenplay with witty dialogs. The story is very well developed in an adequate pace different from most of films of heist.

The characters are elegant and charismatic, and the beauty and the magnetism of Françoise Fabian are wonderful. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Dama e o Gangster" ("The Lady and the Gangster")

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