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They Were Five (1936)

La belle équipe (original title)
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 »

Director:

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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Filmed by Julien Duvivier, French ace director, starring Jean Gabin, foremost Continental star. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor intruso See more »

Company Credits

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 »

Goofs

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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Everyone's bad.
9 April 1999 | by GrégorySee all my reviews

Absolute classic masterpiece. Julien Duvivier's usual thematic (everyone's bad) is here, but stronger and faster. I have seen the two ends - optimist (not very interesting) and pessimist (very hard to find, with german undertitle, but it was the one that Duvivier wants) and the second one broke all my hopes in human race. You must absolutely find the second one, a message from an old time when french cinema was the best in the world.


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