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Choice of Arms (1981)

Le choix des armes (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 19 August 1981 (France)
Two men break out of prison; a rival gang ambushes them. One is mortally wounded and tells the other, Mickey, to take him to the estate of a retired robber, Noel, who lives in comfort with ... See full summary »

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Alain Corneau
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Noel Durieux
Gérard Depardieu ... Mickey
Catherine Deneuve ... Nicole Durieux
Michel Galabru ... Bonnardot
Gérard Lanvin ... Sarlat
Jean-Claude Dauphin Jean-Claude Dauphin ... Ricky
Jean Rougerie Jean Rougerie ... Raymond Constantini
Christian Marquand ... Jean
Etienne Chicot ... Roland Davout
Richard Anconina ... Dany
Pierre Forget Pierre Forget ... Serge Olivier
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... Fernand
Marc Chapiteau Marc Chapiteau ... Savin
Jean-Claude Bouillaud Jean-Claude Bouillaud ... Andre
Antoine Baud Antoine Baud
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Two men break out of prison; a rival gang ambushes them. One is mortally wounded and tells the other, Mickey, to take him to the estate of a retired robber, Noel, who lives in comfort with his lovely and beloved wife, Nicole. The man dies, and Mickey, a menacing hothead, demands money of Noel. A few days later, Mickey returns to the estate, shoots up a dinner party and threatens them again. Noel sends Nicole to an hotel and goes to his old gang to help him hunt down the dangerous Mickey. Mickey has other problems, too, including heartache for a daughter he hardly knows. Young, eager cops tail Nicole, and all are on a complicated collision course. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama

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France

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French | English

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19 August 1981 (France) See more »

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Choice of Arms See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Girare Le choix des armes (2007) See more »

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Suddenly In A Calm Landscape
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Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
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Spoilt For Choice ...
24 November 2003 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

.. of superlatives. This, the last of the three polars that Corneau made top-billing Montand, finds Montand retired from the mob and roughing it with Catherine Deneuve in a large country chateau where they breed thoroughbreds. Such an idyll can't last, natch, so, before you can say 'make my day, punk', enter Depardieu, hothead extaordinaire, on the lam and looking for a soft touch. Eventually we need the obligatory scene in which the ageing gunfighter dusts off the old six-shooter and wastes the wannabee new fastest gun, except, of course, that this isn't a Western but a very sophisticated and hugely enjoyable polar.It doesn't get any better than Montand and Depardieu (who had worked together earlier in Claude Sautet's 'Vincent, Paul, Francois et les autres' and would do so again in 'Jean de Florette') and with Corneau on bullhorn what's not to like. Post-war French policiers/polars are in a class of their own and provided your nose is in good working order the whiff of cordite can be identified at once as generated by Jean Pierre Melville, Alain Corneau, Tavernier, etc. This one is right out of the top drawer and would BE a top drawer on any screen it graced. Go see! Enjoy!


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