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Max and the Junkmen (1971)

Max et les ferrailleurs (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 17 February 1971 (France)
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.

Director:

Claude Sautet

Writers:

Claude Néron (novel), Claude Sautet (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 February 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Max See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,264, 12 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,065, 13 January 2013
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Michel Piccoli was so eager for the leading role of Max he brought Sautet an outfit designed by a tailor, who specialized for plainclothes police officers. See more »

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Featured in Claude Sautet or the Invisible Magic (2003) See more »

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Rue D'Argonne
Written by Philippe Sarde
Performed by Jean-Michel Defaye
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Much more than yet another detective yarn.
4 November 2002 | by bros1935See all my reviews

Excellent crime drama, beautifully underplayed by Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider. Good story with a beginning, a middle and a surprise ending. You'll think about this film for days afterwards and want to see it again. If you love movies, you'll love this one. It will make you want to see more of Claude Sautet's work. [I have not as yet].


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