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Classe Tous Risques 1960

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Lino Ventura and Jean-Paul Belmondo star in this early 1960s French Italian crime drama adapted from the novel by Josť Giovanni. Abel Davos (Ventura), a gangster wanted for murder, has been hiding out in Italy for the last decade. After getting married and having children he feels ready to return to his native France but making it back home proves difficult. He ends up getting separated from his wife and finds himself on the run from the police with his two sons. After calling in a favour, however, he is assisted by fellow gangster Eric Stark (Belmondo) who tries to help them complete their journey without getting caught.

Starring:
Sandra Milo, Lino Ventura
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DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 48 minutes
Starring Sandra Milo, Lino Ventura, Jean-Paul Belmondo
Director Claude Sautet
Genres Romance, Thriller
Studio Lace DVD
Rental release 24 February 2014
Main languages Italian, French
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 48 minutes
Starring Sandra Milo, Lino Ventura, Jean-Paul Belmondo
Director Claude Sautet
Genres Romance, Thriller
Studio Lace DVD
Rental release 24 February 2014
Main languages Italian, French
Subtitles English

Other Formats

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Format: DVD
Classe Tous Risques (The Big Risk) is a French gangster movie that doesn't try for style. That's why it has style. Because the movie is so underplayed and so matter-of-fact, it becomes more and more involving. And because Abel Davos is played by Lino Ventura, we wind up emotionally invested in this taciturn, tough killer who loves his wife and kids, has an encounter with customs agents on the shore near Nice at night that neither he nor we expect, and who proves just as willing to shoot a cop or a betrayer with as little emotion as flicking off a bit of lint. We first meet Davos in Italy with his wife and their two small boys, one about 9 and one 4.

"This man was Abel Davos, sentenced to death in absentia," we're told. "On the run for years, he had watched his resources dwindle, even as his anxiety kept him on the move. With the Italian police closing in each day, France was again his best bet. Maybe he'd been forgotten."

Davos was a top gangster in Paris who took care of his friends. That was several years ago. A heist to give him money to return to France goes very wrong. Now he's hiding out with his two kids. He calls his friends in Paris to help him out. He and his kids need to get from Nice to Paris but the police are hunting him and they've set up roadblocks. For Davos' two best friends, time has passed and they've moved on. They don't want to put themselves at risk, and for what? Obligation gives may to caution. So they hire a young thief, Eric Stark (Jean-Paul Belmondo), to pick up Davos and the children in an ambulance, then to drive to Paris with Davos heavily bandaged and the children hidden.
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This really is a fantastic film which, like so many French films of the period, deserves a proper Region 2 release. In the meantime this region 0 release is great, as long as you can put up with the distinctly American translations. Lino Ventura and Jean-Paul Belmondo both put in great performances and the atmosphere of the film is fantastic. You won't regret purchasing it!
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A wonderful film with a superb performance by the great Lino Ventura. The print quality of the DVD ( I have not watched the Blu-Ray version ) is almost flawless - just an odd imperfection here and there. I love this genre of French film making and this movie is up there with the best of them. If you love French "policier"/ gangster movies then this is an essential purchase. It's a classic. Don't hesitate, buy it!
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Format: Blu-ray
This BFI Blu Ray has fantastic picture quality and really showcases the excellent photography. The film is very atmospheric and mixes cold eyed realism with tragedy, and romanticism. Lino Ventura gives a magnificent performance and Jean-Paul Belmondo is a lot less annoying than in Breathless. This film deserves to be better known.
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One of the great French "Policers"... A well paced,
and well acted film... and a moving story too...

If you are a fan of French cinema, and haven't
seen this film... SHAME ON YOU...
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An intriguing revenge drama with an effectively minor-key ending. There's a refreshing tender touch in its depiction of Ventura's relationships with his sons and his growing friendship with Belmondo.
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The BFI's release of Claude Sautet's Classe Tous Risques is restored by TF1 and
this classic French gangster film Simply looks beautiful on Blu-ray.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Excellent film, as I expected. Two disc set Bluray and DVD both very high quality.
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