Edgar, the former accountant of the Martens factory, organizes a daring heist in Servage, a small town in the French Alps. His plan envisages neutralizing the police station, the fire station and the telephone switchboard during the night. When this is done, his men will be able to quietly hold up the bank, the post office safe, the payroll of the local factory and two or three department stores. To lead the commando, Edgar hires Georges, a professional gangster, eager to do a perfect job. The plan is brilliant but not everything will go according to it. Written by
Based on Richard Stark's Parker novel "The Score", this is a taut French crime movie reminiscent of Claude Sautet's early work, J.P.Melville or José Giovanni. The Parker character (Michel Constantin) is not developed as such, but is even better: just a bleak, meticulous professional who's heading a commando-like heist of a whole French mining during the night. One sub-plot in the book is developed to good effect: one of the telephone operators (Irene Tunc), bored and sexy, strikes up a friendship with one of the hoods and leaves with him.
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