Crook

The Crook

Director: Claude Lelouch

Cast: Claude Lelouch, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Christine Lelouch, Charles Denner

     
 

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Simon (Jean-Claude Trintignant) gets out of prison and summons his old friend Charles (Charles Gerard) and Martine (Christine Lelouch), his one time lover now married to a wealthy man. The three kidnap a little boy and then blackmail the bank where the boy's father works to pay the ransom of one million dollars. The publicity-conscious bank pays the ransom but the…  See more details below

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Simon (Jean-Claude Trintignant) gets out of prison and summons his old friend Charles (Charles Gerard) and Martine (Christine Lelouch), his one time lover now married to a wealthy man. The three kidnap a little boy and then blackmail the bank where the boy's father works to pay the ransom of one million dollars. The publicity-conscious bank pays the ransom but the rest doesn't go exactly as planned.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
At the time of its release, The Crook was criticized for being slick and superficial -- but how many crime caper comedies are known for their depth? In fact, Crook is an immensely entertaining example of this genre of film. Yes, it's superficial -- but it's also quite artfully made. Director/co-writer/co-cinematographer Claude Lelouch has out together a film that is intricately plotted -- and even more intricately edited. One really needs to pay attention during Crook, for the film flashes backward and forward frequently -- but Lelouch doesn't make the transitions obvious. This makes the whole film a puzzle, and one that enterprising viewers will find great fun. Lelouch's firm, sure hand is indispensable -- but so is his leading man. Jean-Claude Trintignant shows a flair for comedy that will surprise those who know him from his more serious roles, while maintaining his charm and a ruthless sensibility that is essential. The gorgeous Christine Lelouch and the adept Charles Gerard also make valuable contributions, as does Daniele Delorme. Throw in a great Parisian car chase, some Francis Lai music, an amusing film-within-a-film musical parody, and a very funny sequence involving the phrase "Merci, Simca," and you have a deft, pleasurable little thriller.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2005
UPC:
0883904130079
Original Release:
1970
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Louis Trintignant Simon
Christine Lelouch Martine
Charles Denner Monsieur Gallois
Danièle Delorme Janine
Judith Magre Mme. Gallois
Amidou Bill
Yves Robert Inspector
Sacha Distel Himself
Charles Gerard Charles
Paul Le Person Actor
Luciano Pigozzi Actor
Pierre Zimmer Martine's Husband

Technical Credits
Claude Lelouch Director,Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Jean Collomb Cinematographer
Marie-Claude Lacambre Editor
Francis Lai Score Composer
Alexandre Mnouchkine Producer
Claude Pinoteau Screenwriter
Pierre Uytterhoeven Screenwriter

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