The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) Reviews

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September 12, 2013
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
A splendid showcase for the great Lino Ventura.
September 10, 2013
Sautet's characteristic restraint lacks the killer snap of Melville at his best, and the impetus rather flags as events proceed.
October 24, 2008
July 28, 2008
July 13, 2006
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.
May 16, 2015
Ranging and enjoyably unpredictable.
March 2, 2014
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.
September 19, 2013
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 12, 2013
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
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 9, 2013
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 5, 2009
Sautet's shrugging ambiguity, already piquant, already piercing
October 18, 2008
June 26, 2008
It ranks among the best of the French New Wave noir films.
June 16, 2008
Claude Sautet made his directorial debut with this tough, lean, smart piece of French crime cinema made on the cusp of the new wave.
May 11, 2006
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 5, 2006
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.
March 24, 2006
The rerelease of Classe Tous Risques makes you wonder how many other movies this good got scuttled by the French new wave.
March 18, 2006
Even though the film isn't considered a rule-breaking classic, its straight face holds up quite nicely, thank you.
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