Buy New
$21.85
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 3 left in stock.
Sold by Definitive Discs & Collectibles and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The Swindle has been added to your Cart
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$21.85
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: rareoopdvds
Add to Cart
$21.85
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Amazon Warehouse Deals
Add to Cart
$21.85
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Penny's Product
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

The Swindle

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
DVD
(Aug 29, 2006)
"Please retry"
1
$21.85
$21.85 $16.74

Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream thousands of movies & TV shows included with Prime. Start your free trial
$21.85 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 3 left in stock. Sold by Definitive Discs & Collectibles and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Swindle
  • +
  • The Unfaithful Wife (La Femme infidèle)
Total price: $34.84
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

"A wickedly humorous psychological thriller." -- William Arnold, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

"Carries on the Hitchcock tradition of civilized suspense." -- Kevin Thomas, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Considerable charm." -- Janet Maslin, NEW YORK TIMES

"Entertaining! A lark of a crime caper." -- Bob Graham, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"Expertly crafted! You will be seduced by THE SWINDLE." -- Michael Wilmington, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Special Features

  • "Le Farfale" (dance excerpt from 1907 silent film)
  • Foreign theatrical trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Michel Serrault, François Cluzet, Jean-François Balmer, Jackie Berroyer
  • Directors: Claude Chabrol
  • Writers: Claude Chabrol
  • Producers: Gérard Ruey, Jean-Louis Porchet, Marin Karmitz
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GYI3IG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Swindle" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Peter Shelley on July 29, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This rather low key Claude Chabrol thriller which he wrote and directed, and which was the inspiration for the John Flynn 1983 Scam, is more a chuckler than a spine tingler. Isabelle Huppert and Michel Serrault have great chemistry as a father and daughter team of con artists who choose their victims from hotel conventions. The film begins with Huppert seducing a lawnmower salesman and Serrault observing, so that at first we think he is spying on Huppert because he is a hotel detective and on to her. Huppert doesn't even try to hide her duplicity by wearing a terrible and obvious black wig. Serrault is established as the mastermind of their operation, but Huppert upstages him at their next venue, a dentist's convention in St Moritz, when she appears with Francois Cluzet who has a suitcase of stolen money. Chabrol then toys with us with the allegiances of the three, and it's never clear who is trying to con who, until we reach the West Indies and things turn deadly serious. Chabrol underlines the menace of the climactic confrontation by having Tosca playing as Huppert discovers a dead body, and gives the floor of a gangster's house a checkerboard pattern. Hupperts second change of hairstyle may be inexplicable but it is definitely disappointing considering how beautiful she looks with long strawberry blonde hair and wearing dark glasses a la Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity. Chabrol also uses a white colour scheme, from Serrault's hair to the snow in St Moritz, the voluminous dress a dancer wears, and the colour of the family van, and the song Changez Tout at the end became quite popular.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on March 29, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a wonderful movie about larcenous hearts. It's light, breezy tone will remind you of To Catch a Thief and other fun Hitchcock flicks. One of the other people that reviewed this makes one major mistake in his review - this is definitely not a father, daughter team. A lot of the fun is derived from the jealousy that is sparked when Isabella Hupert's character pays more attention to another man. Fantastic, fun crime story. Ocean's 11 wishes it was this funny.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
This is a very good movie. The Swindle is not a masterpiece, but it has something very fine running through the film. The chemistry between Elizabeth (Isabelle Huppert) and Victor (Michel Serrault) is wonderful. In fact the film almost stands on this chemsitry alone. Huppert is just at the peak of her career in this film, she is a beautiful, mature woman that is very comfortable acting.

There is a certain mystery about the film, will they double cross the double cross, which was a double cross? But that is no where near enough to sustain this film, the story alone would have left me cold. The mystery is pretty well told right up front, we learn Elizabeth and Victor are a couple of con men. They take advantage of a convention attendee in such a way that he never realizes he's been taken. With those facts revealed, the film moves forward to more cons.

What does work, watching these two powerful excellent actors. Chabrol directs beautifully, pacing the film exactly right, cutting away to the perfect shot. It's a high class beautifully made film.

There is a gorgeous scene where a woman with huge white wings dances in front of bright white lights. That scene alone is almost worth the price of admission. The only time the film is heavy handed is the "gangster" scene where Tosca is playing in the background. The music is redundant.

In French with English subtitles.
1 Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: VHS Tape
"The Swindle" marks another superlative effort from Claude Chabrol. A tense taut tale of a small heist gone awfully wrong, this is a thriller which will be appreciated by European film noir fans who do not mind the leisurely pacing and elliptical polt unfolding. Isabebelle Huppert is superb as usual as a small time crook,and Michel Serrault is dazzling as a cleverly disguised old timer. If you loved "La Ceremonie", this one is definitely one to see.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Here we go again ladies & gents, another great movie that all adults should view, but then again I'm not to sure individuals in today's times would appreciate quality movies..however if one shops Amazon..I would recommend this great movie Sammy Z
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD
It's hard not to like clever con games, even when they're violent (The Usual Suspects (Special Editon)) or unpleasant (House of Games - Criterion Collection). They're just about irresistible when they're amusing and surprising (Nine Queens). That we're part of who is being conned is a major part of the pleasure.

Claude Chabrol's The Swindle (Rien ne va Plus) isn't especially violent (well, there's the matter of a spike in a man's eye, but he's dead when we see him), but The Swindle is definitely sophisticated, amusing and very clever. Two of the reasons it works so well and is so satisfying are the lead players, Isabelle Huppert as Betty and Michel Serrault as Victor.

Who are these two? Betty is in her forties, elegant, cool and smart. Victor is in his early seventies, shrewd and clever. They are small-time con artists who work the conventions and upscale gambling houses. Victor sets up the scams and Betty seduces the mark, but only to the point of slipping a mickey into a drink, When the mark passes out in his room, Betty lets Victor in and they take the money...but only enough to make the mark believe later that he may not actually have been robbed. Then off they drive in their big, fully equipped RV back to Paris. We observe all this, during the first third of the film, with growing delight in their humor, their logic and their professionalism. Are they lovers? Are they related...perhaps father and daughter? Are they old friends? Are they just affectionate partners?
Read more ›
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Forums



What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customers Also Watched on Amazon Video