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Cloportes (1965)

La métamorphose des cloportes (original title)
Three little criminals get a tip for a great coup with lots of money in it. Unfortunately they lack the starting funds to buy the required welding torch. So they persuade their successful ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alphonse Maréchal dit Le Malin
... Edmond dit Le Naïf
... Catherine Verdier
... Arthur dit Le Mou
... Joseph Rouquemoute dit Le Rouquin
... Demuldère dit Tonton le Brocanteur
... Gertrude
Annie Fratellini ... Léone Rouqemoute
Norman Bart ... Un visiteur de la galerie
Georges Blaness ... Omar
Dorothée Blanck ... Une fille à l'hôtel particulier (as Dorothée Blank)
Jean-Pierre Caussade ... (as J.P. Caussade)
Marcel Charvey ... Un visiteur de la galerie
François Dalou ... Un inspecteur de police
Michel Dacquin ... Un barman de boîte de nuit (as Michel Daquin)
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Three little criminals get a tip for a great coup with lots of money in it. Unfortunately they lack the starting funds to buy the required welding torch. So they persuade their successful colleague Alphonse to join their team. But the well thought-out coup fails, and Alphonse is the only one of them who ends up in jail for several years. When he's released, he's out for revenge. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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French visa # 30182 delivered on 13-9-1965. See more »

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'woodlice' to us Brits
20 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

'Cloportes' or 'woodlice' to us Brits where I don't believe the film ever showed is a real curio. Has a super 60s 'nouvelle vague' look with splendid crisp black and white cinematography and lots of Parisian location shooting. It also has an equally cool score courtesy of Jimmy Smith but not everything sits so well here. Beginning with an almost farcical heist, this gets a bit lost and recovers as a light comedy before trying to become all meaningful. I found the mix, awkward and certainly at first difficult but now reflecting upon the film, I can't help but have some affection for it. This is partly, inevitably, because of another superb performances from Lino Ventura, ably assisted in the latter half by a strong showing by Irina Demick. Indeed the leading lady fits in beautifully with the moody b/w photography, more so than some of the others, like the appalling performance by Charles Aznavour. Can you overact without speaking? It seems so, badly miscast. But there are lovely flourishes including a most imaginative way of illustrating Ventura's spell in prison through excerpts from Movietone News clippings and a great fairground scene.


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