The Swindle (1997)

The Swindle



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Movie Info

The 50th film from legendary French New Wave writer and director Claude Chabrol is a typically Hitchcockian comic thriller about a pair of con artists. Up to now, the duo of Betty (Isabelle Huppert) and Victor (Michel Serrault) have contented themselves to small scams at hotel conventions, such as spiking the drink of a gambler, then rolling him for his winnings after he follows the flirtatious Betty back to his room and passes out. It then develops that, for the past year, without telling … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Claude Chabrol
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 29, 2006



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as Signora Trotti

as Swiss Desk Clerk

as Chatty Man

as Conventioneer

as Conventioneer

as Conventioneer

as Pickpocket

as Greek Vendor

as Chatty Man's Friend

as Guadaloupe Taxi Driv...

as Swiss Maitre d'

as Belgian Dentist

as Hungarian Dentist

as Wife of Hungarian De...

as Chair-Lift Worker

as Barman at Hotel Wald...

as Flight Attendant

as Barman at the Park H...

as Tall Black Man

as Mafioso

as Dedette
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Critic Reviews for The Swindle

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10)

A work of superb yet unpretentious film craftsmanship by a past master and an impeccable cast and crew.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Like The Grifters and Bound, The Swindle succeeds because, in addition to telling an engaging crime story with vivid characters, it never takes itself too seriously.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

This is a piece of fluff that dissolves like a sugar cube as you watch it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

A failed attempt at frivolity.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

Chabrol's 50th film, made with the practiced ease of a master.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The ambiguous pairing of Victor (Serrault) and Betty (Huppert) is both comfortable and playful.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Swindle

Light, sympathetic mildly twisted, cynic and amusing film from the french master of intrigue Claude Chabrol.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


One of the better Chabrol thrillers of the 80s/90s thanks to it's sly humour and performance by Isabelle Huppert.

Emily B.

Super Reviewer

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