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Bernard Giraudeau ...
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Christiane Jean ...
Laura
Maurice Barrier ...
Kovacs
Daniel Jégou ...
Casino director
Bertie Cortez ...
Mazetti
Christian Bianchi
Jean-Luc Debrie
William Doherty
Bernard Hervé
Salvatore Ingoglia
Philippe Lehembre
Patrick Massieu
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Gerard Parachou
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During a routine transfer of prisoners from one jail to another, an accused cop killer, Paul Brandon, is temporarily chained to a con with only a year left to serve, Stéphane Carella. Paul bolts pulling the reluctant Stéphane with him. They escape to a farmhouse whose lovely owner Laura lost her husband to a cop's bullet; so she agrees to assist them. Once out of their chains, Paul proposes the burglary of a casino owned by the Mafia. Stéphane and Laura agree, but Stéphane soon learns that Paul is an undercover cop whose burglary plot is a ruse to start a war between rival gangs. Can they avoid detection? And what about the heist? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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C'était impossible, ils l'ont fait !

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13 March 1985 (France)  »

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A betörés nagymestere  »

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Popular subversion of a macho genre.
6 June 2000 | by (oxford, england) – See all my reviews

This is a very subversive buddy-buddy movie which foregrounds the homoeroticism latent in its structural model, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID. As much a French Western (thematically and visually) as a gangster movie, it uses predictable absolutes - wide open spaces/cramped interiors; law/criminal; legally 'straight'/sexually 'straight' etc. - to make them (and the genre that feeds on them) ambiguous and critical. Melville is invoked too - in the focus on elaborate heist - and subverted: life, not death, is celebrated. Sadly, if I may say so under IMDb guidelines, the dialogue (in translation anyway) is uninspired, the plot underdeveloped and the action mechanics barely routine.


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