Bob le Flambeur 1955

Bob the Gambler

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Majorly stylish, Bob le Flambeur is a cool homage to American gangster films and the presage to French New Wave mode of seeing.

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In Paris, Bob Montagne (Roger Duchesne) is practically synonymous with gambling -- and winning. He is kind, classy and well-liked by virtually everyone in town, including police inspector Ledru (Guy Decomble). However, when Bob's luck turns sour, he begins to lose friends and makes the most desperate gamble of his life: to rob the Deauville casino during Grand Prix weekend, when the vaults are full. Unfortunately, Bob soon learns that the game is rigged and the cops are on to him.

Cast & Crew

Roger Duchesne
Bob Montagné
Howard Vernon
McKimmie, le commanditaire
Guy Decomble
Insp. Ledru
Claude Cerval
Jean - le croupier
Eddie Barclay
Music
Maurice Blettery
Cinematographer
Monique Bonnot
Film Editor
Claude Bouxin
Production Design
Raymond Aupée
Set Decoration
Leo Fortel
Assistant Director
Francois Gir
Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Bob le Flambeur

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (1)

  • This light, breezy 1955 heist film is probably the least characteristic movie Jean-Pierre Melville ever made.

    August 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Lagging direction, so-so thesping and usual femme and lowdown aspects of this type production make this an ordinary entry.

    August 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • A wonderful movie with all the formal beauty, finesse and treacherous allure of green baize.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • Its realism is not the reality of life, but of the kind of movies that give shape to the disordered lives of the people who watch movies.

    February 1, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Bob le Flambeur (1955) has a good claim to be the first film of the French New Wave.

    July 8, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Melville's actually more interested in his central character's gentlemanly heroics and fractured obsession with risking everything at the roulette table.

    February 11, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
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Audience Reviews for Bob le Flambeur

  • Nov 23, 2012
    The ending is pure comedy - adore!
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2008
    If there?s one thing the French are good for, it?s heist flicks. This is said to be a major precursor to the French New Wave, which every film buff knows as an extremely important movement in the history of film. This was one of the first movies to knowingly imitate the noir style, which had beforehand not really been a genre but more of a natural aesthetic evolution. Jean-Pierre Melville?s movies were all about coolness, he?s the reason why black suits are the perfect garb for high class badasses. This is a heist film which ends up not being about the heist at all, but of a character who isn?t as smooth as he seems. I really think I?m going to enjoy exploring more of Melville?s work.
    MJS M Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2008
    another great heist film from jean pierre melville, once again showing his love for american noir and gangster movies. the title character is a kind, aging thief and degenerate gambler who plans one last elaborate job, the robbery of the deauville casino. of course everything doesn't go off as planned. an important precursor of french new wave and a very obvious influence on ocean's eleven. remade by neil jordan as the good thief, 2003
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2007
    I liked THE GOOD THIEF more.
    Michael S Super Reviewer

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