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A.k.a.
Bob the Gambler
Year
1956
Runtime
98 min.
Director
Jean-Pierre Melville
Genres
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating *
7.6
Votes *
6,134
Checks
3,242
Favs
275
Dislikes
23
Favs/checks
8.5% (1:12)
Favs/dislikes
12:1
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  1. lachyas's avatar

    lachyas

    The comment about there being spoiler should definitely be spoiler tagged or removed, it pretty much gives away the ending of a really enjoyable film. 10 years 4 months ago
  2. dombrewer's avatar

    dombrewer

    Melville tries so hard to emulate the classic American film noirs of the 40s and 50s that he was obsessed with that he almost derails this smart little heist film by piling every stylistic trick he can think of, and quite a lot he didn't, into every frame. It does work though after a fairly uninvolving opening half, dominated by clumsy editing and some weak performances (especially under-age Isabelle Corey, who looks great naked but can't act at all), it's saved by an increasingly gripping second half lead by the charismatic leading performance by Roger Duchesne as the heist is planned and the net closes in. The end section is excellently shot and pleasingly different. Worth taking the gamble. 12 years 1 month ago
  3. Dieguito's avatar

    Dieguito

    Very good noir! Definitely an inspiration for all Oceans casino robbing movies 12 years ago
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  6. This movie ranks #170 in The Criterion Collection
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  7. This movie ranks #217 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
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  8. This movie ranks #250 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
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  9. This movie ranks #276 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
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  10. This movie ranks #289 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2500
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