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Classe Tous Risques (1960)

Classe tous risques (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 1 April 1960 (Italy)
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Abel Davos is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Sautet

Writers:

José Giovanni (novel), Claude Sautet (adaptation) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Abel Davos
Sandra Milo ... Liliane
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Eric Stark
Marcel Dalio ... Arthur Gibelin
Michel Ardan Michel Ardan ... Riton Vintran
Simone France Simone France ... Thérèse Davos
Michèle Méritz ... Sophie Fargier
Stan Krol ... Raymond Naldi
Evelyne Ker Evelyne Ker ... La fille de Gibelin
Betty Schneider ... La petite bonne
France Asselin France Asselin ... Madame Vintran
Jean-Pierre Zola ... Le patron de l'agence privée (as J.P. Zola)
Sylvain Levignac Sylvain Levignac ... Le détective de l'agence privée
Jeanne Pérez Jeanne Pérez ... Jacqueline Chapuis
René Génin René Génin ... Chapuis
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Storyline

Abel Davos is a criminal, hunted in Italy. The police are closing in, so he and his pal Raymond arrange to flee back to France with Abel's wife, Thérèse, and their two young sons. Abel and Raymond commit a brazen robbery to get funds, killing two men; in the escape, more die. Abel arrives in Nice with the boys, calls his pals in Paris, and gets the brush-off. Reluctantly, they send a stranger, Eric Stark, to bring Abel to Paris, but he's getting the message he's on his own. Honor, friendship, and debt now count for little. What can Abel, a wanted man with two small children and only Stark as a friend, do? "Never give ground," he tells Eric, but how long can he hold to his code? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

1 April 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Risk See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,945, 20 November 2005

Gross USA:

$95,413

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,413
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Runtime:

(Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric-Optiphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #434. See more »

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A true rarity
24 September 2006 | by urigafniSee all my reviews

Odd one should be able to stumble into "Classe Tous Risques" only by chance; it should be on any "best of film-noir" list, including IMDb's.

Lino Ventura is as good as ever; knowing of his dire, delicate family situation gives extra weight to his almost expressionless face and brief dialogues. Belmondo's restrained performance under Sautet's firm direction only shows what a wonderful actor he could - and should -have been.

"Classe Tous Risques" is utterly mininal, dry and cold, without Melville's artistic scenery, pretty faces and fancy cars. It is almost film-noir meet neo-realism. Davos' few, hard words to his children describing their life of secrecy from there on get a hold on your throat to the end of the film.

The final sentence of the film - a voice-over telling of Davos' end in no more than ten dry, sombre words - leaves you with a hard punch in the stomach.

A true jewel in the great crown of French film-noir.


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