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Happy New Year (1973)

La bonne année (original title)
Released from prison apparently under a New Year amnesty, a criminal tries to pick up the threads of a life changed not only by his daring plan to rob a jewellers in out-of-season Cannes ... See full summary »

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Claude Lelouch

Writers:

Claude Lelouch (original scenario), Pierre Uytterhoeven (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Simon
Françoise Fabian ... Françoise
Charles Gérard Charles Gérard ... Charlot
André Falcon André Falcon ... Le bijoutier
Mireille Mathieu ... Herself / Elle-même
Lilo Lilo ... Madame Félix
Claude Mann ... L'intellectuel
Frédéric de Pasquale Frédéric de Pasquale ... L'amant parisien
Gérard Sire Gérard Sire ... Le directeur de la prison
Silvano Tranquilli ... L'amant italien
André Barello André Barello
Michel Bertay Michel Bertay
Norman de la Chesnaye Norman de la Chesnaye
Pierre Edeline Pierre Edeline
Pierre Pontiche Pierre Pontiche
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Storyline

Released from prison apparently under a New Year amnesty, a criminal tries to pick up the threads of a life changed not only by his daring plan to rob a jewellers in out-of-season Cannes but by someone special he met there. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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From the Film Maker Who Gave You "A Man and a Woman"

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 April 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy New Year See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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"La Bonne Année" ("Happy New Year") is one of Stanley Kubrick's favorite movies. See more »

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Remade as Happy New Year (1987) See more »

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La Bonne Année (Thème)
Music by Francis Lai
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A history of flashbacks and a robbery
15 February 1999 | by DuncanGSee all my reviews

Claude Lelouch takes the ideas of present and past and turns them ingeniously on their heads. We see the history of the three main characters' involvement with each other in a humorous account involving the past and present. Some of this time-switching reminds me of the film to come, Tarrantino's Pulp Fiction, in its clever time-narrative.

The film works its way around crime, friendship and love in an artistic way, leaving you quite satisfied with the outcome.


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