THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

LE SOLEIL DES VOYOUS (1967)










#69 was a neat little surprise. It's French title is Le Soleil des Voyous (AVOID the dubbed English version called Action Man). This is a throwback caper film from 1967 featuring French film legend Jean Gabin as a reformed criminal who is itching to pull one more job as he sees the U.S. Army payroll delivered once a week to the bank across the street from his little cafe. By coincidence, Jim, his American friend from World War II (Robert Stack) happens to hit the cafe one ni...ght while carrying out a job. But his old friend recognizes him! They buddy up and Jean convinces Jim to pair up and attempt to swipe that payroll. It's a cute little movie but the best part is that Stack speaks fluent French (he spent much of his early childhood in Europe and had to learn English when he came back to the States) and he does his own dialogue here, no overdubbing! I just got a kick out of it, and he sounds like himself even when running thru a torrent of French dialogue. Le Soleil des Voyous fizzles a bit at its sudden conclusion, and I could have used more of a thoughtful ending but it's worth a look because of these two charming gentlemen and a great musical score by Francis Lai (Love Story).

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