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The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) (1960)

The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) (1960)

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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 boys, but little goes as planned, and he arrives in Paris without his wife and running from the law with two kids in tow. An underworld boss who owes Abel some favors helps him put together a plan to travel across France in an ambulance to avoid suspicion, and recruits a headstrong young gangster, Eric (Jean-Paul Belmondo), to serve as Abel's driver and right-hand-man. En route, Abel tries to settle some old score with criminal associates who betrayed him. Based on a novel by Jose Giovanni, Classe Tous Risques was the first feature film from Sautet, who previously had worked as an assistant director for some of France's most prestigious filmmakers. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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NR
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Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Sandra Milo
as Liliane
Marcel Dalio
as Gibelin
Claude Cerval
as Fargier
Bernard Dheran
as Blastone
Michel Ardan
as Vintran
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Critic Reviews for The Big Risk (Classe tous risques)

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (12)

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

Full Review… | September 10, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

The rerelease of Classe Tous Risques makes you wonder how many other movies this good got scuttled by the French new wave.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Even though the film isn't considered a rule-breaking classic, its straight face holds up quite nicely, thank you.

Full Review… | March 18, 2006
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.

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

Full Review… | January 5, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for The Big Risk (Classe tous risques)

Ah, the French can make those gangster movies laden with Fate, failed loyalties, and - well before the Godfather and the Sopranos - family.

David Card
David Card
½

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

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

½

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.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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