The Big Risk (Classe tous risques)
The Big Risk (Classe tous risques) (1960)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 17, 2008
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Sautet's characteristic restraint lacks the killer snap of Melville at his best, and the impetus rather flags as events proceed.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Even though the film isn't considered a rule-breaking classic, its straight face holds up quite nicely, thank you.

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Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling

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.

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Sarah Cronin
Electric Sheep

Classe tous risques is a taut, original gangster film told with simplicity and a compelling directness, with bare-bones exposition and a neorealist touch.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

The rerelease of Classe Tous Risques makes you wonder how many other movies this good got scuttled by the French new wave.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A crisp, smart, cynical film about dishonor among thieves.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A tense tale of dishonour among thieves this is as hard-boiled and flinty as anything Hollywood was making at the time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
another terrific french gangster film lost in the wake of the new wave, starring tough guy lino ventura as a career criminal who tries to return to france with… More
danny d
the film begins well, then heads towards one of the most heart wrenching and beautiful second acts ive ever seen on film, and the third act even continues in… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Classe Tous Risques" starts out with a father dropping his wife and kids off at the Milan train station while on the way to… More