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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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He had the plan...and the place...and the gun! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

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
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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 »

Goofs

The place where Francis emerges on the roof is not backstage, but right above Palm Beach's main entrance. He is climbing out of a wooden box they placed there. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 That's Sexploitation! (2013) See more »

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Theme from Any Number Can Win
Music by Michel Magne
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Prototypical Heist Flick
14 March 2004 | by dj_bassettSee all my reviews

A prototypical heist flick. Old ex-con Jean Gambin is looking for one last score before he retires -- the robbery of a casino on the French Riveria. He enlists Delon, a cocky punk, to help him. Has all of the features: old guy looking for one last score, young active guy who still sort of needs to learn the ropes, complicated heist relying on split second timing, things that go wrong at the last second, unexpected developments, a lot of masquerades, etc. Early on there's some playing around with the notion that Gambin symbolizes a time that is passing, but that isn't really developed, settling down instead to more standard genre fare. Heist is clever and well done, the remake of Ocean's Eleven later stole some of the ideas here. Final shot has that typical Gallic "throw your hands up in despair" kind of thing going for it. Cast is good, with Delon in particular a standout in the kind of role he was meant to play in those years.


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