Any Number Can Win


1h 55m 1963

Brief Synopsis

A seasoned pro leads a band of crooks in a Riviera bank robbery.

Film Details

Also Known As
Colpo grosso al casino, Mélodie en sous-sol, The Big Grab
Genre
Drama
Crime
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 8 Oct 1963
Production Company
C. C. M.; CIPRA; Cité Films
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Big Grab by John Trinian (New York, 1960).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Charles, an aging Frenchman who has served a 5-year prison term for attempted burglary, ignores the pleas of his wife and makes elaborate plans for robbing the gambling casino at Cannes. Since the plot requires the assistance of others, he brings in Francis, a young man whom he met in prison, and Francis' brother-in-law, Louis. Knowing that the casino proceeds are kept in a basement vault which can be reached only by an elevator, Charles orders Francis to ingratiate himself with the dancers in the casino ballet troupe and learn the exact location of the backstage trapdoor which leads to the elevator shaft. The handsome Francis easily becomes involved in a romantic affair with Brigitte, one of the dancers, and gathers all the necessary data. On the night of the robbery, Francis goes to the casino roof and lowers himself down the elevator shaft; and, wearing a black mask, he confronts the head cashier with a machine gun as he is depositing the night's receipts. After obtaining the keys to the exit door, Francis admits Charles. The two leave with a billion francs, which Francis hides in a swimming pool locker room. They plan to make their getaway the following morning, but Francis notices that his picture appears in a newspaper photo of the casino and overhears the cashier remark that he remembers the suitcase in which the thieves stashed the money. He desperately slips the valise into the pool, but the bag opens and both Charles and Francis sit helplessly by as the franc notes float to the surface of the pool.

Film Details

Also Known As
Colpo grosso al casino, Mélodie en sous-sol, The Big Grab
Genre
Drama
Crime
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 8 Oct 1963
Production Company
C. C. M.; CIPRA; Cité Films
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Big Grab by John Trinian (New York, 1960).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Copyright length: 107 min. Opened in Paris in April 1963 as Mélodie en sous-sol; running time: 120 min; in Italy in 1963 as Colpo grosso al casino; running time: 115 min. The working title of this film is The Big Grab.

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted One of the Year's Five Best Foreign Language Films by the 1963 National Board of Review.

Voted One of the Year's Ten Best Films by the 1963 New York Times Critics.

Released in United States Fall November 5, 1963

CinemaScope

Released in United States Fall November 5, 1963