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Any Number Can Win

Any Number Can Win

France | 1963 | 118 minutes | Henri Verneuil

February 15, 2020

Noir City

Aging mastermind Jean Gabin plots his greatest caper—but can he trust his super-sexy young cohort (Alain Delon)? An underated heist classic!

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Aging crook Charles (Jean Gabin), recently paroled from prison, postpones a quiet retirement for one last high-stakes job—the robbery of a Cannes casino. The key to his plan is the advance work of cocky petty thief Francis Verlot (Alain Delon), whom Charles fears may enjoy a bit too much his masquerade as a roguish playboy. When the night of the "big grab" comes, will Francis be able to execute his grueling part of the daring two-man robbery? Screenwriter Audiard, hugely popular in France for his slangy pulp novels, scripted with the prolific Albert Simonin, adapting a novel by San Francisco-based ne'er-do-well Zekial Marko (Once a Thief). The French-U.S. co-production was a smash hit thanks to its teaming of France's greatest star, Gabin, with a handsome young challenger to his throne, Delon. The films works on every level; not only as a bravura heist movie, but also as a compelling tale of the experienced, aging pro trying to collaborate with an arrogant, virile, younger version of himself. The terrific early '60s jazz score by Michel Magne even produced a hit instrumental single in the U.S., "Any Number Can Win," by Jimmy Smith.

  • Original Language Title: Mélodie en sous-sol
  • Director: Henri Verneuil
  • Principal Cast: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Claude Cerval
  • Country: France
  • Year: 1963
  • Running Time: 118 minutes
  • Producer: Jacques Bar
  • Screenplay: Albert Simonin, Michel Audiard, Henri Verneuil
  • Cinematographers: Louis Page
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: 35mm