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Le Deuxième Souffle (1966)

Le deuxième souffle (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 1 November 1966 (France)
A gangster escapes jail and quickly makes plans to continue his criminal ways elsewhere, but a determined inspector is closing in.

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José Giovanni (novel), José Giovanni (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Gustave 'Gu' Minda
Paul Meurisse ... Commissaire Blot
Raymond Pellegrin ... Paul Ricci
Christine Fabréga Christine Fabréga ... Simone - dite 'Manouche' (as Christine Fabrega)
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Jo Ricci (as Marcel Bozzufi)
Paul Frankeur ... Inspector Fardiano
Denis Manuel Denis Manuel ... Antoine Ripa
Jean Négroni Jean Négroni ... L'homme (as Jean Negroni)
Michel Constantin ... Alban
Pierre Zimmer ... Orloff
Pierre Grasset Pierre Grasset ... Pascal
Jacques Léonard Jacques Léonard ... Henri Tourneur (as Jack Leonard)
Raymond Loyer Raymond Loyer ... Jacques, le notaire
Régis Outin Régis Outin ... (as Regis Outin)
Albert Michel Albert Michel ... Marcel le Stéphanois
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Storyline

Gustave Minda, better known as Gu, a dangerous gangster, escapes from jail. He goes to Paris to join Manouche and other friends, and get involved in a gangland killing. Before leaving the country with Manouche, Gu needs a final job to get some money. But that's not so simple when you have Inspector Blot tracking you, and have to deal with the consequences of the shooting in Paris... Written by Yepok

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Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 November 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Second Wind See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,310
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Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The scene taking place before the robbery, on the lost road, when the gangsters wait for the armored truck, is highly influenced by a very similar sequence in the film: Odds Against Tomorrow, in which you also have gangsters - Harry Belafonte and Robert Ryan - wait for a bank robbery. The music score is also nearly, if not, the same. See more »

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One of Melville's best
30 January 2010 | by mim-8See all my reviews

Jean-Pierre Melville and his long standing infatuation with Hollywood "Film Noir",which he was the most devoted follower of, in entire history of French cinema, produced the whole line of best French crime pictures ever. In this one, he's in absolute top form on this neatly constructed, no nonsense caper film. Building a story of old school criminals with sense of criminal honesty and honor, around 800 million heist, Melville, tells many stories, from human relations, betrayals and greed, to love and friendship that will go all the way.

The dialogs are great. Witty police inspector Comissaire Blot, beautifully portrayed by Paul Meurisse and Lino Ventura's Gustave "Gu" Minda,play the game of cat and mouse with no unnecessary talk, and no unnecessary action. Melville devoted a lot of attention to detail, and this film deservedly looks like a crime-action documentary, with no plot holes or "how the hell this or that could have happened" types of questions for the viewer, which is very important for mature audiences that appreciate classic films. I think that this may be the best film Melville made in the 60's, even better than "Army of Shadows" or the "Samourai",and was the last he made in his own studio that burned up during the production of "Samourai" in 1967, which may explain the possibilities he had, to devote time and attention to details. If you appreciate a good crime picture, be sure not to miss it.


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