The Big Risk (Classe tous risques)
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The Big Risk (Classe tous risques)
A criminal on the run finds going home after a decade is harder than he expects in this drama from French filmmaker Claude Sautet. Gangster Abel Davos (Lino Ventura) is wanted for murder in France, and has been living underground in Italy for ten years. Since then, Abel has married Therese (Simone France) and fathered two sons, and he's decided it's time to come home. Abel has planed an elaborate scheme in which he'll steal a fortune to finance his journey and head home with Therese and the boys, but little goes as planned, and he arrives in Paris without his wife and running from… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sautet's characteristic restraint lacks the killer snap of Melville at his best, and the impetus rather flags as events proceed."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Even though the film isn't considered a rule-breaking classic, its straight face holds up quite nicely, thank you."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Michael Joshua Rowin, Stop Smiling
"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."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"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"
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"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."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"To come across Classe Tous Risques is like discovering a bottle of marvelous French wine you didn't remember you had, opening it and finding it every bit as delicious as its reputation promised."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Classe tous risques is a taut, original gangster film told with simplicity and a compelling directness, with bare-bones exposition and a neorealist touch."
‑ Sarah Cronin, Electric Sheep
"This Franco-Italian production feels like a classic - with all the traditional punchings, slappings, shootings and coshings - and yet it's utterly unformulaic."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Sautet's shrugging ambiguity, already piquant, already piercing"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The rerelease of Classe Tous Risques makes you wonder how many other movies this good got scuttled by the French new wave."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"A crisp, smart, cynical film about dishonor among thieves."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A tense tale of dishonour among thieves this is as hard-boiled and flinty as anything Hollywood was making at the time."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"A splendid showcase for the great Lino Ventura."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"It ranks among the best of the French New Wave noir films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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