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Classe Tous Risques (1960)

Classe tous risques (original title)
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Abel Davis is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and ... See full summary »

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Claude Sautet

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José Giovanni (novel), Claude Sautet (adaptation) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Abel Davos
Sandra Milo ... Liliane
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Eric Stark
Marcel Dalio ... Arthur Gibelin
Michel Ardan Michel Ardan ... Riton Vintran
Simone France Simone France ... Thérèse Davos
Michèle Méritz ... Sophie Fargier
Stan Krol ... Raymond Naldi
Evelyne Ker Evelyne Ker ... La fille de Gibelin
Betty Schneider ... La petite bonne
France Asselin France Asselin ... Madame Vintran
Jean-Pierre Zola ... Le patron de l'agence privée (as J.P. Zola)
Sylvain Levignac Sylvain Levignac ... Le détective de l'agence privée
Jeanne Pérez Jeanne Pérez ... Jacqueline Chapuis
René Génin René Génin ... Chapuis
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Abel Davis is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and Raymond commit a brazen robbery to get funds, killing two men; in the escape, more die. Abel arrives in Nice with the boys, calls his pals in Paris, and gets the brush-off. Reluctantly, they send a stranger, Eric Stark, to bring Abel to Paris, but he's getting the message he's on his own. Honor, friendship, and debt now count for little. What can Abel, a wanted man with two small children and only Stark as a friend, do? "Never give ground," he tells Eric, but how long can he hold to his code? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

1 April 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Classe Tous Risques See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,945, 20 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$94,552, 23 July 2006
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric-Optiphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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One of the best films Melville didn't make

Classe Tous Risques (The Big Risk) is repeatedly recommended every time I look up a Jean-Pierre Melville film that I had to give it a watch as soon as possible. Since I've been discovering Melville and seemingly working backwards through his filmography, it would be easy for me to mistake this as one of his films, but it was made in 1960, by Claude Sautet, before Melville would come and stake his claim on french neo-noir.

Classe Tous Risques has two of the best lead men of the time, Lino Ventura and Jean-Paul Belmondo. Ventura plays Abel, a gangster exiled in Italy with his wife and two kids, who wants to come back to Paris because the police are closing in on him. After a roaring and fast paced opening with a big surprise, Abel eventually gets hooked up with Eric Stark (Belmondo) who wants to get into the criminal underworld. Stark becomes Abel's chauffeur and eventual only friend in an underworld that turns it's back on Abel after everything he's done and been through. The film shows the the duality of the two men, the older Abel at the end of his time after tragedy strikes him, and the younger Eric starting off the same way Abel did, falling in love with a beautiful woman who sticks with her man despite the world they are a part of. It never ends pretty for them, or their loved ones. Its one thing to see a individual criminal come to his demise, its different when he has loved ones he risks taking down with him.

Much like Melville's film, the seemingly simple story gets more subtlety complicated as it goes along. As usual, as what I feel with Melville's films, it left my head spinning (in a good way) and dying to re watch it again to pick up what I missed the first time. Classe Tous Risques is a definite keeper.


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