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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:

Bob le Flambeur See more »

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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 auditioned Alain Delon for the character of Paulo. He rejected him for fear he would steal the show. See more »

Goofs

McKimmie demonstrates the four-dial combination-lock for the gang by turning all four dials before opening and closing it. But when Roger practices his safe-cracking technique on it, he misses the upper-right dial and instead works the lower-right dial a second time (after sandpapering his fingertips). See more »

Quotes

Roger: Locks are like pretty ladies. You need to practise to know them.
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Classic French crime movie from the 1950s. An influence on everyone from Godard and Truffaut to Paul Thomas Anderson.
27 April 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Cult director Jean-Pierre Melville was originally involved with French art legend Jean Cocteau, but really found his niche making hard boiled crime movies. 'Bob le flambeur' was the first major work by him, and he kept making movies up until the early 1970s with 'Dirty Money'. His work had a huge influence on the French New Wave led Godard and Truffaut (who cast him in a supporting role in 'Breathless' as an acknowledgment), and has proved to be a major inspiration for American film makers like Scorsese, Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson whose debut 'Hard Eight' owes 'Bob le flambeur' quite a debt. 'Bob..' really knocked me out, and along with the equally brilliant 'Rififi' directed by Jules Dassin and released the same year, it's one of THE great crime movies of the 1950s, and should be mentioned in the same breath as Huston's 'The Asphalt Jungle' and Kubrick's 'The Killing'. All four films have had an enormous influence on most subsequent movies in the heist genre. 'Bob's plot is quite simple but the story itself isn't the half of it. What Melville DOESN'T say is just as important as what he does, and the viewer has to piece a lot of it together for himself. Roger Duchesne is super cool as Bob, the ageing gambler on a perpetual bad streak, Daniel Cauchy is excellent as his cocky young protege Paolo, and Isabelle Corey is sexy and intriguing as Anne, the jailbait who gets involved with them both. Personally I prefer this movie and 'Rififi' to 'Breathless' and any French New Wave I've seen to date, but that says as much about my taste as much as the movies themselves. Even so I highly recommend 'Bob le flambeur' to anybody who involves crime movies. It's a classic of the genre, and still fantastically entertaining.


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