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The Swindle (1997)

The Swindle (1997)



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In this old-fashioned comedy thriller, con artists Betty and Victor make their living robbing conventioneers at posh European resorts until Betty snags the treasurer of an international corporation who is planning to embezzle a fortune. This is French director Claude Chabrol's 50th film.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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CAB Productions


Jackie Berroyer
as Chatillon
Jean Benguigui
as Gangster
Mony Dalmes
as Signora Trotti
Thomas Chabrol
as Swiss Desk Clerk
Greg Germain
as Chatty Man
Nathalie Kousnetzoff
as Blond Woman
Pierre Martot
as Conventioneer
Eric Bonicatto
as Conventioneer
Philippe Dana
as Conventioneer
Yves Verhoeven
as Pickpocket
Henri Attal
as Greek Vendor
Gunther Germain
as Chatty Man's Friend
Maurice Debranche
as Guadaloupe Taxi Driver
Stefan Witschi
as Swiss Maitre d'
Rodolphe Ittig
as Belgian Dentist
Dodo Deer
as Hungarian Dentist
Barbara-Magdalena Ahren
as Wife of Hungarian Dentist
Alexander Seibt
as Chair-Lift Worker
James Hauduroy
as Barman at Hotel Waldhaus
Elie Axas
as Flight Attendant
Emmanuel Guttierez
as Barman at the Park Hotel
Gilbert Laumord
as Tall Black Man
Yvon Crenn
as Mafioso
Marie Dubois
as Dedette
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Critic Reviews for The Swindle

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

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.

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


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

Emily B.
Emily B.

Super Reviewer

Not nearly as juicy or intelligent as other Claude Charbol (as director) and Isabelle Huppert (as actress and force of nature period) collaborations. Consider their masterpieces together including "La Ceramonie" and "The Story of Women". However this ends up being so much fun that it is a favorite. Both smart and funny, Huppert and Michael Serrault play so well off each other in this film suspenseful and surprisingly hilarious con artist film. I love Huppert in all of her films but this one is particularly nice due to the fact that it is more light hearted in comparison to her often weighter dramas.

Vincent Mastronardi
Vincent Mastronardi

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

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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