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They Were Five (1936)

La belle équipe (original title)
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Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery. Instead of sharing the money, they buy a ruin and build an open-air cafe. But ... See full summary »

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Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Julien Duvivier (scenario), Charles Spaak (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Jean dit Jeannot
Charles Vanel ... Charles dit Charlot
Raymond Aimos Raymond Aimos ... Raymond dit Tintin
Viviane Romance ... Gina
Jacques Baumer Jacques Baumer ... Monsieur Jubette
Marcelle Géniat Marcelle Géniat ... La grand' mère
Raymond Cordy ... L'ivrogne
Charles Granval ... Le propriétaire
Micheline Cheirel ... Huguette
Rafael Medina Rafael Medina ... Mario (as Raphaël Medina)
Charles Dorat Charles Dorat ... Jacques
Robert Lynen ... René
Robert Ozanne Robert Ozanne ... Le patron du bistrot
Robert Moor Robert Moor ... Un locataire
Marcel Maupi Marcel Maupi ... Un copain (as Maupi)
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Storyline

Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery. Instead of sharing the money, they buy a ruin and build an open-air cafe. But difficulties come to split their friendly group apart: former wife, police tracking one of them (Spanish republican refugee), jealousy... Written by Yepok

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With Faith and confidence they started to build a house of dreams. See more »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor intruso See more »

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Production Co:

Ciné-Arys See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

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When the guys are on the roof during the storm, the wires that are making the shingles fly are visible. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original ending is bleak and violent. After the movie did poorly in theaters, a new, happier ending was shot. This lighter version is the one that has been seen for decades. The Swiss Cinematheque has a print of the darker version, which has now been shown at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The 2015 restoration also uses the darker version. See more »

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Dream Team
9 December 2003 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

One for nostalgia buffs. One of a handful of movies that epitomise French cinema in the thirties. Gabin, Charles Vanel and Viviane Romance proved durable, indeed, Romance was something of a French Jeanne Crain/Linda Darnell in the forties while Vanel scored heavily in La Salaire du Peur and Les Diaboliques. Gabin, of course, proved most durable and iconic; this was made around the time of Pepe Le Moko and still to come were Quai des Brumes, Le jour se leve, and then the great post-war stuff, Touchez pas au grisbi, Le Chat, La Traversee de Paris,etc. First and last this is a Depression movie, made and released in the heart of the international slump. But it's also about comaraderie, how strong it is yet how fragile. When they don't have change of a match the 5 friends ARE strong but once they hit the numbers on the National Lottery it all begins to crumble from the inside. It's a curious mixture of the lyrical - the pastoral scenes along the Marne that would be echoed in Casque d'Or, the sentimental songs, and Gabin in full throat is something to hear - and the pragmatic - money corrupts and frailty, thy name is woman - but against the odds it works. Duvivier doesn't get too much attention today yet he remains a key player in French cinema.


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