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Four Bags Full (1956)

La traversée de Paris (original title)
Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Autant-Lara

Writers:

Marcel Aymé (short story), Jean Aurenche (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Grandgil
Bourvil ... Marcel Martin
Louis de Funès ... Jambier, l'épicier
Jeannette Batti Jeannette Batti ... Mariette Martin
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... Lucienne Couronne, la patronne du cafe Belotte
Robert Arnoux Robert Arnoux ... Marchandot
Laurence Badie Laurence Badie ... La serveuse du restaurant
Myno Burney Myno Burney ... Angèle Marchandot
Germaine Delbat Germaine Delbat ... Une cliente du restaurant
Monette Dinay Monette Dinay ... Madame Jambier
Jean Dunot Jean Dunot ... Alfred Couronne, le patron du cafe Belotte
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Un agent de police
Jacques Marin ... Le patron du restaurant Saint Martin
Hubert de Lapparent Hubert de Lapparent ... L'otage nerveux
Hans Verner Hans Verner ... Le motard (as Jean Verner)
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Storyline

Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various characters and adventures until they are arrested by German police. Written by <chadourne@univ-lille3.fr>

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Released by TRANS-LUX (the people who brought you "La Strada") See more »

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Comedy

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

26 October 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pig Across Paris See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,997, 26 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,824, 2 June 2013
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship certificate : # 23043/ dated November 17, 1956. Visa d'exploitation en France : # 15104 See more »

Goofs

Crew is seen in the mirror when Grandgil pass the door of Martin's home. See more »

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I don't quite get the enthusiasm for this film.
3 May 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Jean Gabin and Bourvil star in this film set during the German occupation. During this time, everyday items were often impossible to get and the black market, though very illegal, was the only way to get things like fresh meat and soap. The two stars of this film spend the evening trying to smuggle four suitcases full of pork through the streets of Paris without the Nazis catching them. Not the noblest of enterprises, I must admit.

The reviews for "Four Bags Full" are extremely favorable--and have ratings that mostly fall in the 8 or 9 range. Because of this, my sights were set very high with this film. This, combined with my love of French films, made me think I'd really like this film...but I didn't. I only found it passable and, most importantly, I kept having trouble staying awake as I watched. I guess I just don't see things the way others do when it comes to this movie. I found the plot sluggish and much of Gabin's behaviors through the film just didn't make a lot of sense. I also strongly believe the film played much better long ago...when memories of the occupation and rationing were still quite fresh.


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