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Max and the Junkmen (1971)

Max et les ferrailleurs (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 17 February 1971 (France)
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A detective decides to go undercover and set up a group of robbers, but he may be getting too caught up in the task at hand.

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Claude Sautet

Writers:

Claude Néron (novel), Claude Sautet (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Piccoli ... Max
Romy Schneider ... Julia Anna 'Lily' Ackermann
François Périer ... Rosinsky
Georges Wilson ... Le commissaire
Boby Lapointe Boby Lapointe ... Lui Serafino dit P'tit Lu
Philippe Léotard ... Losfeld
Michel Creton Michel Creton ... Robert Saidani
Betty Beckers Betty Beckers ... Maria
Henri-Jacques Huet Henri-Jacques Huet ... A. Cyriaque dit Dromadaire
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... Baraduch
Dany Jacquet Dany Jacquet ... Ida
Danielle Durou Danielle Durou ... Nicole
Jacques Canselier Jacques Canselier ... Jean-Marie Patinet dit Jean-Jean'
Maurice Auzel Maurice Auzel ... Antoine Chantoiseau dit Tony
Léa Gray Léa Gray ... Madame Saidani
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Max is a Paris detective, aloof, independently wealthy, and frustrated by gangs of robbers whom he cannot catch. To re-establish his stature and save face, he decides to inveigle a group of petty thieves (led by an old acquaintance) to rob a bank. A reluctant captain provides Max intelligence and Max starts spending evenings with Lilly, a prostitute who's the girlfriend of the group's leader. He poses as a rich banker with money to burn and encourages Lilly to think about her future. He hints at a payroll that comes through his bank. The plot works, the petty thieves think they're ready for a big score, and the cops are in place. What could go wrong with Max's cold plan? Who's entrapped? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Romy Schneider dubbed her own voice in the German Version of the film, then entitled "Das Mädchen und der Kommissar" (The Girl and the Commissioner). See more »

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Referenced in Kottan ermittelt: Die Einteilung (1982) See more »

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Jukes Boxes Chez Saïdani
Written by Philippe Sarde
Performed by Jean-Michel Defaye
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The brigade of Pre-Pre Crime (cinematheque)
5 November 2013 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

My favorite writer, PKD, has written a short story adapted by my favorite director, SS, where police could arrest criminals before they commit the crime as they could guess it before hand (it's "minority report"). Here, it's even more diabolic: the police can arrest criminals before they commit because they know it will happen because it's the police that inspire the crime.

This Machiavelism is extremely well played by Piccoli as this crazy policeman. As the best brains in criminals, he builds his web with his colleagues and the poor bunch he has chosen for prey! The best is that his suggestion power is so amazing that he uses it indirectly, trough the girlfriend of the gang boss, played by our french Marilyn, that is to say Romy Schneider. Those two iconic actresses have really much in common: their talent, their fragility, their beauty and their tragic fate...

In addition, this movie has now 40 years and i'm amazed how life in France and Paris has changed (and you can Google map rue d'Argonne Paris to see it as well)

1) almost every big brand heard or seen in the movie has disappeared today ("suze", "crédit-lyonnais", "Byrrh", "prisunic"...)

2) this is the last years before computers and electronics and however, the people aren't cavemen, depressed or whatever bad: on contrary, they look more human

3) i can't explain this as i would be labeled as racist.

In addition of being a great thriller, this is also a wonderful love story, one of the kind that I like where the lovers are unable to tell the feeling. Those two stories run all along the movie and meet beautifully and dramatically in the climax.

In conclusion, a excellent innovative french thriller that has strangely escaped so far any American remake, even if this dark plot from security forces has emerged in books: read for example Forsyth's Avenger where the war on terror is played with the same rules: infiltrate cells and inspire them up to the point they can be stopped...


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France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 February 1971 (France) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,264, 12 August 2012

Gross USA:

$40,450

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,762
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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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