Simon Belin is an actor touring the provinces with his company. Although talented he has never been given the opportunity to shine on stage. It is always Bérimont, a matinée idol past his ... See full summary »
Henri, the Man from Nantes, comes back to his country after a successful stay in the United States, where he was working for Liski, the drug dealer. With the fame of being a tough guy ... See full summary »
Pascal (Lino Ventura) sells newspapers . He is a simple man who one day resting on the banks of the Seine sees a drowning stranger . Pascal saves his life and begins his adventure next to a... See full summary »
Louis Bertain is the owner of a Paris garage which is the front for a robbery gang. He and his accomplices are careful to keep up a civic veneer by day, indulging in criminal activities ... See full summary »
Georges Villard is a modest bank employee who dreams of earning more money so that he can live more comfortably. When Monsieur Steve offers him a chance to do just that he accepts without a... See full summary »
On December 24th the Orient Express gets snowbound near a little mountain village and its passengers are forced to spend some time there, mingling with the local people, upsetting their ... See full summary »
Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia
A cop's widow is through with love and she spends her time collecting money for the orphans of the Police,abetted by a bunch of snobs and false friends.Unfortunately the person who was in ... See full summary »
Secret documents and a lump of experimental alloy have been stolen from the French government, and special agent Coplan (Henri Vidal) is dispatched to Zurich to recover them at all costs. If I mention that Coplan's contact in Zurich happens to be a gorgeous blonde (Barbara Laage) and that the woman he has to seduce to complete his mission is a ravishing brunette (Nicole Maurey) you'll understand that we're in Bond territory here - though in this case without the budget, the exotic locations or the talent.
Vidal was a matinée idol in his day, but his smarmy, wisecracking, ladykiller persona looks as dated as the blazer and cravat he wears through much of the film. You won't believe in the reality of this character for a moment, and the whimsical seduction scenes will make you want to throw a chair at him. The villains too (with one exception) are a bland bunch of stereotypes, barely more animated than the cheap-looking studio sets and the uninspired locations (please, not another shoot-out in a dockside warehouse!).
That exception I mentioned is Lino Ventura, who plays one of his most vicious screen characters here. The scene where he attempts to murder Barbara Laage is probably the highlight of the movie. Sadly he only gets about 10 minutes of screen time; it's a good performance, but to market this as a Ventura film, as the French DVD publisher is doing, is pushing it a bit.
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