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      Max and the Junkmen

      1971 1h 50m Crime Drama List
      Reviews 73% Audience Score 250+ Ratings An ex-magistrate (Michel Piccoli) intent on justice joins the police force, then sets up a prostitute (Romy Schneider) and her small-time criminal boyfriend (Bernard Fresson). Read More Read Less

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      A.O. Scott New York Times Has the matter-of-fact look and careful pace of a precinct-house procedural. Rated: 4/5 Aug 9, 2012 Full Review Stephen Garrett Time Out The deep cynicism would be depressing if it weren't so riveting. Rated: 4/5 Aug 7, 2012 Full Review Jaime N. Christley Slant Magazine Regarding Michel Piccoli's Max, Claude Sautet's film resists judgment, neither condoning nor signposting the despicable nature of his choices. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 7, 2012 Full Review Nicholas Bell An emotionally potent mix of dangerous ideals and class struggles. Rated: 4/5 Jul 31, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Zbyt prosta fabuła, choć pomysł ciekawy. Niespecjalne aktorstwo, wolne tempo, dosyć nudzi Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review dave j A bank has just been successfully robbed with Max (Michel Piccoli) being assigned to the case. And as a result of finding out that the informant had been killed in the line of duty, he decides to take his place. Coincidentally, the person Max is following who manages to gain some trust from by the name of Abel (Bernard Fresson ) responsible for that heist at the opening used to be an old acquaintance of Max's. He finds out that he works in scrap metal and learns that there he is a gang of 7 hence the title "Max and the Junkmen". He also finds out that Max also has a girlfriend, Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review walter m Max(Michel Piccoli), a police inspector, is angry that he is too late to prevent another lethal bank robbery. Not only that but that his pet informant may have been less than reliable. And then said informant turns up dead. The trail is not entirely cold as Max has a lead that turns out to be Abel(Bernard Fresson), an old army buddy down on his luck who steals cars and scrap with a motley gang of fellow criminals on the outskirts of Paris. All of which Max confirms with Rosinsky(Francois Perier), the local police inspector. So, Max hatches a plan to lure the gang into a bank robbery in order for them to be caught in the act in order to restore his prestige in the department. His first step is to approach Lily(Romy Schneider), a prostitute and Abel's lover. "Max and the Junkmen" is a compelling movie that moves at its own idiosyncratic rhythm. At the same time, its deliberate pace does allow for suspense to build nicely towards the film's climax. In fact, it is a rather deceptive movie in that it is something of a reverse caper. Consumed by his obsession to catch criminals, not prevent crime, Max acts like a criminal, not by planting evidence or something similar. He is running a long con by making the mark think they are making the decisions when in fact he is pulling all of the strings. In its own topsy turvy way, the movie does not side with its police protagonist but with the gang who only seem dangerous to themselves. This is in a world where most of the characters have military experience in colonial wars. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Un des meilleurs Claude Sautet. Le flic Piccoli manipule la prostituée Romy Schneider pour inspirer un braquage de banque à une bande de looser et les faire tomber en flagrant délit. Mais... c'est pas une histoire si simple. Humain trop humain. Excellent. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member A Hillarious French Neo Noir / Gangster Movie about a Police Commissar who investigate against his Old Compangion who is now Member of a Lunatic Junk Thief Gang after falling in Love with a German Prostitute (The Incredible Beautiful Romy Schneider) and thought he killed her Pimp by beating him to death and join the French Legion until he find out the Pimp still lives and come back to the Prositute. The Police Commissar pretend to be a Bankier to trick his Old Compangion but he also fall in Love with the Prostitute... Excellent Cinenmatography, Action, Acting & Music i love this 70's French Movies Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis An ex-magistrate (Michel Piccoli) intent on justice joins the police force, then sets up a prostitute (Romy Schneider) and her small-time criminal boyfriend (Bernard Fresson).
      Claude Sautet
      Raymond Danon, Roland Girard
      Claude Sautet, Claude Neron
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Aug 10, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 50m