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The Swindle (1997)

Rien ne va plus (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 24 October 1997 (USA)
Betty and Victor are a pair of scam artists. One day Betty brings in Maurice, a treasurer of a multinational company. Maurice is due to transfer 5 millions francs out of Switzerland, and ... See full summary »

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Claude Chabrol

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Claude Chabrol
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Elizabeth / Betty
Michel Serrault ... Victor
François Cluzet ... Maurice Biagini
Jean-François Balmer ... Monsieur K
Jackie Berroyer ... Robert Chatillon
Jean Benguigui Jean Benguigui ... Guadeloupe Gangster
Mony Dalmès Mony Dalmès ... Signora Trotti (as Mony Dalmes)
Thomas Chabrol ... Swiss Desk Clerk
Greg Germain Greg Germain ... Chatty Man
Nathalie Kousnetzoff Nathalie Kousnetzoff ... Blond Woman
Pierre Martot Pierre Martot ... Conventioneer
Eric Bonicatto Eric Bonicatto ... Conventioneer
Pierre-François Dumeniaud Pierre-François Dumeniaud ... Conventioneer
Yves Verhoeven Yves Verhoeven ... Pickpocket
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Greek Vendor
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Storyline

Betty and Victor are a pair of scam artists. One day Betty brings in Maurice, a treasurer of a multinational company. Maurice is due to transfer 5 millions francs out of Switzerland, and Betty is convinced he plans to steal that money. On whose side is Betty - Victor's, Maurice's or only her own? Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

spanish official web site

Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French | Hungarian

Release Date:

24 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Swindle See more »

Filming Locations:

Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,696, 26 October 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$231,417, 27 June 1999
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Claude Chabrol's 50th feature film. See more »

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Lightweight Chabrol film
9 July 2003 | by rosscinemaSee all my reviews

Claude Chabrol is the master from the French New Wave who specialized in mysteries with sordid characters but aside from only a few hints of Chabrol's flare, this is a predictable "Swindle" film. Story is about an older conman named Victor (Michel Serrault) and a woman named Betty (Isabelle Huppert) who are clever but mainly smalltime thieves. We see Betty at a casino flirting with a businessman and when he's not looking she spikes his drink. They end up in his hotel room and he passes out. They steal some but not all of his money so that when he wakes up he won't be sure if he gambled it away or not. Then Betty decides to run a scam on a financial courier (Francois Cluzet) for a crime syndicate who is suppose to transfer 5 million Swiss francs but of course they plan the old "Switcharoo". After this happens the head of the syndicate named Monsieur K (Jean-Francois Balmer) escorts the two of them to his place and wants his money back! This is definitely not Chabrol's best effort but its not because its not well made, it is. But the material is so familiar that at times the film seems run of the mill. There are some nice touches like Victor always being mistaken at the hotel for an employee. The script does have you guessing about certain things like the relationship between Betty and Victor. Are they lovers? Is he her father? A few times during the film Betty calls him "Father" but it might be a pet name and they might also be tutor and student. And the caper itself is never clearly defined as we suspect that Victor had the whole thing planned ahead of time. Usually the characters in Chabrol's films are complicated and challenging for the viewer but thats not the case here. Its definitely a lightweight effort and while its mildly interesting mainly for watching another re-teaming of Chabrol and Huppert, its nowhere near Chabrol at his best.


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