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The Wise Guys (1965)

Les grandes gueules (original title)
An ex-con with ulterior motives convinces the struggling inheritor of a sawmill to use convicts as affordable lumberjacks.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hector Valentin
... Laurent
... Jackie Keller
... Nénesse
Jean-Claude Rolland ... Mick
Hénia Suchar ... Christiane
Reine Courtois ... Yvonne Didier
Nick Stephanini ... Lucien Therraz
... Capester
Marc Eyraud ... L'éducateur
François Vibert ... Keller
Mick Besson ... Raoul
Michel Charrel ... Cuirzepas
... Skida
... Pélissier
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An ex-con with ulterior motives convinces the struggling inheritor of a sawmill to use convicts as affordable lumberjacks.

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The Tall Trees Couldn't Hide...The Innermost Secrets of These Strange Men and Their Women!

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Les Grandes Gueules
Written and Performed by François de Roubaix Et Orchestre
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male friendship
25 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

With "les Grandes gueules" ,Robert Enrico made a volte face:whereas his first works ' actors were completely unknown,he 's got two French megastars Bourvil and Lino Ventura.

Someone who would have only seen Enrico's two first efforts might easily think that this Enrico is another director an homonym."Au coeur de LA Vie" his first film was a masterpiece ,so ahead of its time it continues to fascinate the directors ("Jacob's ladder" was clearly inspired by "La Riviere du Hibou " aka "An Occurrence at owl creek bridge" ).Although not as ambitious in scope as it,"la Belle Vie" was anti-commercial stuff.

Actually "les Grandes Gueules" is Robert Enrico as the audience may have to like him: manly friendship,fighting against something hostile. Jose Giovanni provided Enrico with the screenplay and the most amazing thing is that the villains either do not intervene (the big sawmill's boss's men )very often in a 2hours+ movie or do not show up (Ventura's enemy) at all.Few women :Mick and his girlfriend's love affair is doomed.Marie Dubois's part is too underwritten to allow her to shine in a man's story.

Finally,"Les Grandes gueules" is a blueprint for Enrico's next movie ,"les Aventuriers" which succeeded at depicting male friendship,introducing an endearing female character and telling a really absorbing tale (again written by Jose Giovanni)


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