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I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster (2007)

J'ai toujours rêvé d'être un gangster (original title)
Told in four vignettes, this existential comedy relates the exploits of four aspiring criminals who hope to improve their lot, but find that they might not have what it takes for a life of crime.

Director:

Samuel Benchetrit
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anna Mouglalis ... Suzy - la serveuse
Edouard Baer ... Gino - le braqueur
Jean Rochefort ... Jean
Laurent Terzieff ... Émile
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Max
Venantino Venantini ... Joe
Roger Dumas ... Pierrot la Pince
Alain Bashung ... Alain Bashung
Arno Arno ... Arno
Bouli Lanners ... Léon
Serge Larivière ... Paul dit Paulo
Selma El Mouissi Selma El Mouissi ... Malaury Stone
Gérald Laroche Gérald Laroche ... Le patron
Gábor Rassov Gábor Rassov ... Le cuisinier
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Storyline

This is just another roadside cafeteria. Gino, who enters it discreetly, is an armed robber ... without an arm! He tries to hold up the place but fails pitifully: the pretty waitress won't allow! Two amateur kidnappers take a rich teenage girl hostage and want to exchange her for ransom. But their victim is not easy to deal with. Two singers meet in the cafeteria by chance and talk about a stolen song and a stolen woman. Five seventy-year-old retired robbers also meet at the cafeteria - where their hideout used to be - and work out a last caper. In the end, after having tried to steal from each other, go away together. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Sergi López had been hired to play Gino but he broke his leg and was replaced by Edouard Baer. See more »

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References Goodfellas (1990) See more »

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24 Mila Baci
Written by Adriano Celentano, Lucio Fulci, Piero Vivarelli
Performed by Adriano Celentano
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A beautiful film

I don't usually review films but this film is like a breeze. Watched it again after almost 4 years. Caught it first on TV, watched it a few times and remembered it since then for being underrated.

All four stories are quite uplifting in nature and quite irreverent to the ebbs and flows of life, this is something you can watch if you are having a hard day. In terms of craft, quite similar to: Bottle Rocket, Clerks(1994) and The Band's Visit. Quite humorous specially the scene where the two kidnappers argue about five boxes of corn-flakes.

Great film, worth watching.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 March 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,513,168
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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