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Any Number Can Win (1963)

Mélodie en sous-sol (original title)
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Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon)... See full summary »

Director:

Henri Verneuil

Writers:

Michel Audiard (dialogue), Zekial Marko (novel) (as John Trinian) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Gabin ... Charles
Alain Delon ... Francis Verlot
Claude Cerval ... Le commissaire de police
Viviane Romance ... Ginette
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Mario (as Henri Virlogeux)
Jean Carmet ... Le barman
José Luis de Vilallonga ... M. Grimp (as José-Luis de Vilallonga)
Rita Cadillac ... Liliane
Jimmy Davis Jimmy Davis ... Sam
Dominique Davray ... Léone
Dora Doll ... Countess Doublianoff
Germaine Montero Germaine Montero ... Mme Verlot (as Germaine Montéro)
Maurice Biraud ... Louis Naudin
Carla Marlier ... Brigitte
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Storyline

Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon), to assist him in pulling off one final score, a carefully planned assault on the vault of a Cannes casino. Bad luck and Francis's lack of professionalism set the caper maddeningly askew, and the stolen cash resurfaces in an unexpected manner. Written by Michael Krugman <myriad@panix.com>

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100000 volts de suspense See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

19 March 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Any Number Can Win See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 31 December 1963
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (color)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Charles' house appears to be the last single one left between the new high-rise buildings. His wife was offered 15 Mill. Frs. to tear it down and make room for a new skyscraper. In fact the house is still standing with no more high-rise buildings around but those that are in shown in the film. See more »

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It looks as if the bags are closed tightly, how can they open by themselves in the pool? See more »

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The film opens with MGM's 1956-57 logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

The colored version is shorter than the original black & white film: 13 minutes are missing in this version (original cut: 116 min, colored cut: 103 min). No complete scenes are cut, but many scenes are shortened. See more »

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Referenced in The Very Very Big Company (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from Any Number Can Win
Music by Michel Magne
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The skillful,efficient,sly Gabin takes to task his young associate
24 August 2006 | by Cristi_CiopronSee all my reviews

Verneuil made a nice,rather banal career with decent,unambitious "american movies" like this one,and also he became almost respected.I grant this was,anyway,somehow better,and surely more entertaining than his previous,French-populist phase.I guess I have seen some 8 of his films (Le Mouton a Cinq Pattes,Des gens sans importance,Un singe en Hiver,Mélodie en sous-sol ,Le Clan Des Siciliens,Le Serpent ,I Comme Icare,Les Morfalous );I grant some of them are rather good;I do not consider them extraordinary. But I think no one does.

I've seen I Comme Icare when I was 12 years,in '90.I've liked much Le Serpent .

"Melodie ..." is well-paced,sympathetic,clean,honest,and,above all, suspenseful.All it has to offer are its two leads,and that's not little.

Don't expect Ocean's Eleven ,yet.

Gabin has a honorary role in "Melodie ...",and not only his,but all the roles are simply epic conventions--no characterization at all.


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