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Lucky Jo (1964)

Lucky Jo and his three friends are little criminals, who try to live from small burglaries. But they never have luck - ever so often something inpredictable happens to Jo and gets one of ... See full summary »

Director:

Michel Deville

Writers:

Pierre Lesou (based on the novel "Main pleine" by) (as Pierre-Vial Lesou), Nina Companeez (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Constantine ... Christopher Joett dit Lucky Jo
Pierre Brasseur ... Le commissaire Loudéac
Georges Wilson ... Simon Archambault
Christiane Minazzoli Christiane Minazzoli ... Adeline
Jean-Pierre Darras ... Napo
André Cellier André Cellier ... Gabriel Farcasse (as Andre Cellier)
Christian Barbier Christian Barbier ... Le commissaire Odile
Anouk Ferjac ... La femme importunée dans le bar
Marcelle Ranson-Hervé Marcelle Ranson-Hervé ... La patronne de l'hôtel Wagram (as Marcelle Ranson)
Jean-Paul Cisife Jean-Paul Cisife ... Paul Garnier
Jean-Pierre Rambal ... Le commissaire Guillaumet
Pierre Asso Pierre Asso ... Raton
Pierre Le Rumeur Pierre Le Rumeur
Jacques Echantillon Jacques Echantillon ... Thierry
Willy Braque Willy Braque
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Lucky Jo and his three friends are little criminals, who try to live from small burglaries. But they never have luck - ever so often something inpredictable happens to Jo and gets one of them arrested. While Jo is in prison once again, they decide they'd better do without him in future. He decides to help them secretly...and unfortunately. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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One of the better Constantine vehicles
1 January 2019 | by adrian-43767See all my reviews

Eddie Constantine was a US citizen who spent most of his life in Europe, mainly in France, and made a name in French B movies. LUCKY JO borders on film noir but with comic touches, such as the first minutes of the film, which see Jo and his fellow felons continually caught in the dragnet of the law. The scene in which they are caught in a lift when they think they are safe is very funny indeed.

There is quite a bit of unnecessary banter in the movie, which is only 55 min long, but the good fun is preserved, and there is a very well done punch-up as Jo determinedly acts as rescuer of a woman who keeps being accosted by men who seem to think the way to her heart is through beating.

The sequence where he drives a little car in breach of all traffic regulations, in the company of a cocker spaniel, to help a member of his gang is also a hoot, except that it ends rather brutally.

Pierre and Claude Brasseur, acting as police officers constantly forfeiting Jo's, and his gang's, plans, are great to watch, and give the film an extra dimension in terms of acting.

LUCKY JO wraps up nicely and, for a B movie, it is worth your time. 7/10


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Country:

France

Language:

French | Latin

Release Date:

11 November 1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangster-Eddie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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