Classe Tous Risques [Criterion Collection]

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Synopsis

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 the law with two kids in tow. An underworld boss who owes Abel some favors helps him put together a plan to travel across France in an ambulance to avoid suspicion, and recruits a headstrong young gangster, Eric (Jean-Paul Belmondo), to serve as Abel's driver and right-hand-man. En route, Abel tries to settle some old score with criminal associates who betrayed him. Based on a novel by Jose Giovanni, Classe Tous Risques was the first feature film from Sautet, who previously had worked as an assistant director for some of France's most prestigious filmmakers. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Release Date
6/17/08 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 48 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • Excerpts from Claude Sautet ou la Magie Invisible, a 2003 documentary on the director by N. T. Binh and Dominique Rabourdin
  • Interview with Classe Tous Risques novelist and screenwriter José Giovanni
  • Archival interview footage featuring Lino Ventura discussing his career
  • Original French and U.S. theatrical trailers
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A booklet featuring new essays by director Bertrand Tavernier and Binh, a reprinted interview with Sautet, and a 1962 tribute by Jean-Pierre Melville
Number of Discs
1

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