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Any Number Can Win
Directed by Henri Verneuil • 1963 • France, Italy
Starring Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Viviane Romance
This ice-cool crime caper bridges two generations of French cinema by bringing together longtime national screen icon Jean Gabin with hotshot rising star Alain Delon. Gabin is the career ex-con determined to pull off one last heist before he retires. Delon is the petty thief he enlists to help him rob a Cannes casino. They’ve got a seemingly perfect plan, until . . . Veteran director Henri Verneuil lends his craftsman’s touch to this jazz-inflected noir that rivals the thrillers of Jean-Pierre Melville for expertly deployed tension.