Cinema: A Walrus Without Clams

Any Number Can Win. In the vintage Hollywood gangland formula, crooks are 98% repulsive and viewers can't wait to see them burn. In the French switch on this, as refined in Rififi (1956), things are the other way round: attractive criminals get girls, gats and a clockwork plan for a caper, and the audience roots for them to The End. French clockwork, however, is not always reliable, and this amoral little melodrama starring Jean Gabin and Alain Delon ticks only intermittently.

As a two-time loser dourly dedicated to his craft, Gabin comes out of prison and plunges right into a plot to...

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