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Bob le Flambeur(Bob le flambeur)

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France · 1956
Rated PG · 1h 43m
Director Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy, André Garet
Genre Action, Crime, Drama

In Paris, Bob Montagne is practically synonymous with gambling -- and winning. 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.

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Lacks the suspense, characterization and deft direction of the predecessor "Rififi."


New Times (L.A.) by Andy Klein

Shot in stylish black and white, with a memorably low-key performance from Duchesne, Bob le Flambeur is definitely worth checking out on the big screen in a fresh print.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

The movie is a superb riff with a boffo finale, a terrific, cynical punch line, and a crazy closing image of Bob's Plymouth on an empty beach.


New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

Looks a lot like 1950s American gangster films -- particularly, John Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle" -- but it's decidedly French in its sexual candor and moral laissez-faire.


Washington Post by Stephen Hunter

Great picture? No. Cool picture? Oui. Not as good, I must say, as the sort of thing we moron yanks were doing on our own over here – "D.O.A." is much better.

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