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Classe Tous Risques (1960)

Classe tous risques (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 1 April 1960 (Italy)
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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 »

Director:

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

1 April 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Risk 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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as solid as they come, and if you can find it on the big screen, go!
28 November 2005 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

The film Classe tous risques directed by Claude Sautet was not a film, to be honest, I had ever really heard of until the Film Forum in NYC said that they would have a 2-week screening of the film, with new English subtitles. When I also read that it was in the vein of the classic French crime films ala Jean Pierre Melville, I jumped at the chance to check it out (at best it would rank up with his great works, and at worst I would get some good popcorn in a great theater). It was well worth the admission, as Classe tous risques is one of those kinds of French films that is just waiting to be re-discovered (or discovered for the first time). With terrific, tense diligence, Sautet keeps the suspense at a tight pitch for the first forty minutes of the film, keeping a good (if not great) middle section, and then ending it up with what is always expected with these films, but with fascinating motivations by way of the characters. With a film in the vein of this sort, you know how it will end, but it's the cool, observant journey that counts.

The film features a performance with some real truth and honesty, amid the "old-school" criminal's code, by Lino Ventura as Aldo, who at the start of the film (one of the best beginnings to a film in this genre and country) steals a hefty amount of money with his partner in crime). When there is a sudden, ugly twist of fate on a beach late one night, Aldo is again on the run with two little kids. He gets the aid of Eric Stark (Jean-Paul Belmondo, a role in tune with Le Doulos only with a smidgen more humanity and charisma), who is also a thief and drives him into Paris. But there are some problems with some of Aldo's old business partner's, and one old score may be just the right ticket. A couple of times the plot may seem to be leisurely, but it isn't. Like Melville, Sautet doesn't allow any fat to his story, and it's a very tightly structured film, with some good doses of humor here and there (I was sometimes grinning at the audacity of the criminals in the beginning chase sequence, and also with a particular woman who had a finicky thing with her cat and a fish).

Along with a fine score by the great George Delerue, exceptional cinematography, and a mood that is seldom met let alone matched now adays, Classe tous risques is a reminder of that bridge between the real old-school film-noir, and the latter day crime films. Gangsters in these new sort of "thug-life" movies have a 1000th of the class and honor of the thieves in this film, and is a second banana to the works of Melville and Jules Dassin (a compliment I assure you). That it has a good realistic, moral edge helps as well.


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