Joe, international poker player, is considered an irresponsible family-chief. His two sons drifted into gangsterism. The older dies from it. The younger, Manu, was sentenced to death. Joe takes on to a terrific battle in order to save his son. Will he succeed in it? For life has more than one trick in its well-worn sleeve.
Under the influence of drugs, a teenager, Eddy, kills a policeman. His father, Jacques, pleads extenuating circumstances and nearly succeeds in gaining the confidence of the policeman's widow. But the press reveals that Jacques is an ex-gangster who has spent time in prison.
Two criminals who enrolled in the German police to get out of prison seize an opportunity after the War to redeem themselves. The elder of the two, Mad Bosco, dies at the beginning of their... See full summary »
First half of the movie is quite messy. Action is a bit rushed at times, characters are not very well portrayed, and dialog is too elliptic to grab the viewer's attention.
The second half (from the attack of the 'prison') is better. Impressive climbing sequences, better interaction between the members of the squad, beautiful Mediterranean landscapes... Donnadieu, Brasseur and Anglade in particular do a much better job.
Overall a good time-filler.
But Giovanni has done far better. The movie was not very well received in France. With more depth, it would probably have been more memorable.
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