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301 Ratings

The Big Risk

Classe tous risques

Directed by Claude Sautet
France, 1960
Drama, Crime, Romance


A character study of a career criminal at the end of his rope, this rugged noir from Claude Sautet is a thrilling highlight of sixties French cinema, starring Lino Ventura and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

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The Big Risk Directed by Claude Sautet

Critics reviews

I’d been incredibly touched by the film’s tone from the very start. And how out of step it was with French crime movies. . . . The way Claude avoided all the genre clichés left me full of admiration.
May 16, 2016
It’s a deeply cynical and pulverisingly bleak film, one which talks of a lack of ethical backbone present in postwar Europe rather than merely among its band of crooked players. It’s robustly directed by Sautet, who wisely lets his actors do much of the heavy dramatic lifting.
September 12, 2013
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