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The Big Risk (Classe tous risques)

The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) (1960)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 0

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A criminal on the run finds going home after a decade is harder than he expects in this drama from French filmmaker Claude Sautet. Gangster Abel Davos (Lino Ventura) is wanted for murder in France, and has been living underground in Italy for ten years. Since then, Abel has married Therese (Simone France) and fathered two sons, and he's decided it's time to come home. Abel has planed an elaborate scheme in which he'll steal a fortune to finance his journey and head home with Therese and the


Art House & International, Drama

Jun 17, 2008

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Sautet's characteristic restraint lacks the killer snap of Melville at his best, and the impetus rather flags as events proceed.

September 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Doesn't quite rate lost-classic status, but it's done with a great deal of dexterity, intelligence and an appealing end-of-'50s cool.

July 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The rerelease of Classe Tous Risques makes you wonder how many other movies this good got scuttled by the French new wave.

March 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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Even though the film isn't considered a rule-breaking classic, its straight face holds up quite nicely, thank you.

March 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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To come across Classe Tous Risques is like discovering a bottle of marvelous French wine you didn't remember you had, opening it and finding it every bit as delicious as its reputation promised.

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A crisp, smart, cynical film about dishonor among thieves.

January 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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What we're left with 45 years after Classe's awkwardly timed entrance into French film history are some superbly assured performances and well-drawn characters.

March 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Stop Smiling
Stop Smiling

Classe tous risques is a taut, original gangster film told with simplicity and a compelling directness, with bare-bones exposition and a neorealist touch.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

A tense tale of dishonour among thieves this is as hard-boiled and flinty as anything Hollywood was making at the time.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Never wastes a minute of your time, right up to its abrupt ending: this is condensed, intense story-telling that never once loosens its grip.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

This Franco-Italian production feels like a classic - with all the traditional punchings, slappings, shootings and coshings - and yet it's utterly unformulaic.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

A splendid showcase for the great Lino Ventura.

September 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A sombre, downbeat gem in the hard-bitten tradition of Rififi, it stars Lino Ventura as the big-time gangster fallen on hard times, whose former friends don't want to know

September 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Sautet's shrugging ambiguity, already piquant, already piercing

September 5, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

It ranks among the best of the French New Wave noir films.

June 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Romantic codes of honor collide with the unforgiving doom of the gangster thriller with a fascinating ambiguity... in Claude Sautet's lean, tough 1960 crime classic...

May 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

French directors like Melville and Chabrol did more with the basically American forms and inspirations, but Sautet (a fairly major talent) had crack nerves and an alert, humane eye.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

...another eminently watchable example of the French noir trend of the period.

February 27, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Big Risk (Classe tous risques)

another terrific french gangster film lost in the wake of the new wave, starring tough guy lino ventura as a career criminal who tries to return to france with his wife and children after 10 years away in italy. when things don't go according to plan, his old friends don't want to upset their quiet respectable lives to help out their former pal and so they send a young thief, jean paul belmondo, to his rescue. belmondo was on the brink of stardom here as this was made immediately after 'breathless,' and the film was highly influential on the work of jean-pierre melville
January 26, 2012
Stella Dallas

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the film begins well, then heads towards one of the most heart wrenching and beautiful second acts ive ever seen on film, and the third act even continues in this leading me to want to give the film at least 4 1/2 stars until an incredibly anti-climatic and disappointing closeout of an otherwise brilliant film. although the film drops an entire star for the horrible ending, i still loved this movie. as a father it was hard to watch but reminded me of how much i love my kids. a gritty crime story with solid performances from belmondo and ventura, highly recommended for anyone into the crime genre.
June 17, 2009
danny d

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"Classe Tous Risques" starts out with a father dropping his wife and kids off at the Milan train station while on the way to work. The father is Abel Davos(Lino Ventura) who was sentenced to death in absentia in France. He and his partner pull off a daring daytime heist. Realizing the police are closing in on him in Italy, Davos makes it back to France and is cornered in Nice. He calls one of his old gang in Paris for help and requests an ambulance. One of his old gang wants to go but is out on bail. The other two are now semi-legit and do not want to risk it. They do send somebody they are unfamiliar with, Eric Stark(Jean-Paul Belmondo), down to Nice with the ambulance.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Classe Tous Risques" is a taut crime drama that is about honor and loyalty amongst criminals. In general, it concerns itself with acts of random kindness, sometimes from and towards the least likeliest of people. There is great location shooting and camerawork.[/font]
December 4, 2005
Walter M.

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