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Bob le Flambeur (1956)

Bob le flambeur (original title)
After losing big, an aging gambler decides to assemble a team to rob a casino.

Director:

Jean-Pierre Melville (as Melville)

Writers:

Jean-Pierre Melville (original story) (as Melville), Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation) (as Melville) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Corey ... Anne (as Isabel Corey)
Daniel Cauchy ... Paulo
Roger Duchesne ... Robert 'Bob' Montagné
Guy Decomble Guy Decomble ... Le commissaire Ledru
André Garet André Garet ... Roger
Gérard Buhr ... Marc
Claude Cerval Claude Cerval ... Jean - le croupier
Colette Fleury Colette Fleury ... Suzanne - la femme de Jean
René Havard René Havard ... L'inspecteur Morin
Simone Paris Simone Paris ... Yvonne
Howard Vernon ... McKimmie - le commanditaire
Henry Allaume Henry Allaume ... Un gangster (as Henri Allaume)
Germaine Licht Germaine Licht ... Céleste Régnier - la concierge (as Germaine Amiel)
Yvette Amirante Yvette Amirante ... La copine d'Anne
Dominique Antoine Dominique Antoine
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Storyline

Bob, an old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend, a high official from the police, to rob a gambling casino in Deauville. Everything is planned exactly, but the police is informed about the planned coup. Meanwhile in the Casino Bob starts to gamble. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,985, 29 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,586, 29 March 2018
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jean-Pierre Melville's fourth film. See more »

Goofs

When Bob goes to ask for money to the race horse owner, you can clearly see the shadow of the camera on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Roger: Locks are like pretty ladies. You need to practise to know them.
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Brilliant Genre Film that Fights Conventions
8 September 1999 | by Stroheim-3See all my reviews

I just watched Bob le flambeur for a class on the French New Wave. The film is brilliant. The title character is a complicated former gangster who has mellowed out since spending time in prison. He reminds me a great deal of Burt Lancaster's character in Atlantic City. He is an old-timer in a world that has moved on.

Bob is a gambler (hence the title of the film) that never wins. He has a relatively big win at the races but then blows it all in a casino. He seems destined to be a loser. The fact that he always loses may have some bearing on why he refuses the sexual advances of the young and beautiful Ana. Instead of bringing her into his web of misfortune, he "gives" her to his Polo (the son-figure). Nevertheless, the relationship between Bob and Ana is frought with sexual tension.

Half way through the film, Bob loses all of his money and decides to put a crew together to rob the casino of 800 million francs (this reminded my a lot of Kubrick's The Killing). What follows is Bob's retreat into his original gangster form. At one point, he slaps Ana across the face - something that he (at the beginning of the film) would not have ever done. In addition the second half of the film is filled with sequences of the gang "training" to rob the place. Some of these are extremely hypnotic such as the lock-picker opening a copy of the casino's safe.


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