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Dirty Money (2008)

Alain Delon , Richard Crenna , Jean-Pierre Melville  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alain Delon, Richard Crenna, Catherine Deneuve, Riccardo Cucciolla, Michael Conrad
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00192QJQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,366 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dirty Money" on IMDb

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Alain Delon, Catherine Denueve, Richard Crenna. A Parisian nightclub owner, who secretly is the leader of a gang of bank robbers, is good friends with a Paris police chief. Their friendship is harshly tested when the chief begins sharing his friend's girlfriend. Then he learns of his friend's criminal activities and sets out to take him down in this signature Jean-Pierre Melville film noir. 1972/color/98 min/NR/widescreen.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minor Masterpiece November 11, 2008
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"Un Flic" (A Cop) the last film by Jean-Pierre Melville begins beautifully. The opening shots set during a storm in an Atlantic coast town in France, which introduced the bank robbery are incredibly beautiful and tense. Melville sets up the scene in such a way that you are on the edge of your seat through out this amazing sequence. The heat of the film is turned up against the contrast of these icy shots and as the story progresses it more or less never lets up and holds it's grip ever tightening as the cop, Alain Delon tracks down the crime ring that is much closer than he thinks.

Extraordinary cinematograph is a highlight of this film and one gets glimpses of watercolor smudged barren streets of Paris in the winter that are gorgeous. This film has its flaws but they are too much of a distraction. Most jarring is the obvious use of models during a very tense scene on the train.

A stunning stand out in the film is Valerie Wilson as Gaby a transvestite who is a stool pidgin for Delon. Touching she is and there is the intriguing undertow of the possibility of romance between the cop and the cross dresser. I am never quite convinced that Delon is merely using her attraction to him to his advantage. Wilson is wonderful in the role, a rare un-judging look at a denizen of this sub-culture.

Delon is Delon, which in my opinion is simply great. Fascinating to watch. Catherine Deneuve is little more that window dressing but a cool dish for the eyes non-the less. The real surprise in the film is Richard Crenna. He looks to be speaking his own lines in French and gives a nuanced wonderful performance as the head of the crime gang. He is utterly watchable and after a few moments you forget he is an American actor in a French film.

Over all "Un Flic" or as it is called here "Dirty Money" is a fun ride for fans of the heist genre. And on a final note, the last shots of the film are raw and haunting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Melville's Best January 5, 2012
By Phillip
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Melville's last film is merely great; it is not a masterpiece ; however, this film has great acting and great set pieces. I was particularly taken with Richard Crenna....I kept trying to figure out if he actually spoke the French dialogue or if it was does not really matter because his performance was very impressive.

Melville made noirs that are haunting, entertaining, and suspenseful.he really understood what made the Hollywood noirs so good, and he adapted these insights into his own unique vision. Dirty Money is replete with big American cars, hats, and trench coats. It is not the Red Circle, but it is pretty darned good.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Un flic (1974) May 22, 2008
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According to some bloggers, this a new edition, made by Lions Gate, of "Un flic" (1974), the very last movie of French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville ("Bob le Flambeur", "L'armée des ombres", "Le cercle rouge"). Please correct title ("Dirty money") and actors links, mistaken with "Dirty money" (1994). Maybe "Un flic" has not been unanimously appreciated by critics and the box office but there is no doubt that it is a superb film noir done by a genre master, plenty of melancholy. Full of remarkable sequences, such as the opening one, a bank hold-up filmed under the rain. Pay attention to Alain Delon playing the piano at Deneuve's night club. Excellent performance by Richard Crenna.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fake trains but real automobiles. July 9, 2010
By T. Hunt
I watched my first Jean-Pierre Melville film, Le Samourai, a few months ago. His style excited me so I decided I needed to watch everything he'd done. Un flic was my second choice mainly because of Alain Delon.

It opens with the most beautiful bank robbery I've ever seen on film. Melville orchestrates such an elegant gloom; his use of the elements and natural light is remarkable. I was mesmorized immediately and stayed that way throughout most of the movie.

Then came the train heist.

I watched with a friend, and our post-discussion centered directly on how poorly this fairly large chunk of the film was executed. "The train reminded me of the special effects I used to enjoy on Mister Roger's Neighborhood," said my companion. I could only wince and nod. The train was obviously fake, but worse than that was the tiny helicopter hovering overhead. It had the sort of prop strings a VCR would pick up.

(We fabricated a theory about the difficulty of filming this at night because a real helicopter is shown landing in the daylight the following morning. Perhaps this was the problem?)

I hate to pick this movie apart, and I don't mean to deter someone from watching it, but in my opinion this was awkward enough to interrupt the flow of a gorgeous film, hence my three-star rating. Please keep in mind, Dirty Money was filmed in 1972, not 1952. I found the bump unforgivable.

If you're not bothered with this, by all means, buy the movie. The acting is wonderfully calculated and stoic; a glorious Melville constant, from what I hear. Fantastic cars everywhere. Softly resonating street lights pulsing along the Paris cityscape.

...and nobody slaps like Alain Delon.

There are still some treasures here.

- t -
9 July, 2010
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uni Flic June 4, 2009
Fantastic movie.Alain Delon is so sexy. A must watch for any fan!! One of his best.
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The thing about Melville is mood, mood, mood. I liked seeing Richard Crenna in a foreign film alongside Delon, who plays a dirty cop (a la Popeye, in French Connection) but an effective one. He's a man absorbed by his job but unsatisfied with his life. Crenna's character, on the other hand, is more at ease with himself and more human, even though he's involved with the criminal underworld. The line between good and bad guy is very blurry.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars The best Alain
It's regular. The best Alain Delon
Published 17 days ago by Luz Ma. Orozco G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing.
Anyone at all familiar with Melville should see this wonderful movie. Almost as stripped and unflinching as Le Samourai and maybe a tad less self conscious.
Published 1 month ago by S. Shearsby
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie great actors
Published 1 month ago by Cristobal R. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Money
This was another good movie with Alain Delon, and if you a fan of his, then you will really enjoy it.
Published 7 months ago by sonia
4.0 out of 5 stars only Melville
Talk about a master, this film would have been nothing had Melville not directed it. (I haven't seen a fake train like the one here since early Hitchcock -- and even Hitchcock... Read more
Published 16 months ago by L. Monstuart
5.0 out of 5 stars When Both the Good and the Bad Guy Loves the Same Woman
ORIGINAL NAME: UN FLIC. A true film noir classic by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cops and perps alike drive American cars and dress like Chicago gangsters, complete with trench coats and... Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by Ugur Akinci
3.0 out of 5 stars Melville's final film
This film was the last made by John-Pierre Melville. As is typical for Melville, the most American of the French directors, it's a caper flick. Read more
Published on November 1, 2009 by Gern Blandton
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Delon
Delon's a Paris cop two-timing his night-club-owning buddy Richard Crenna by sneaking around with Crenna's girlfriend Denueve. Read more
Published on November 30, 2008 by EddieLove
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