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Two Men in Town (1973)

Cast: Jean Gabin, Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, more...
Director: Josť Giovanni, Josť Giovanni
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Studio: Kino
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France, Crime, Cops, Neo Noir
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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In this French psychological drama, a bank robber is finally released after serving 10 years. His being paroled is due to the influence of his old friend, a social worker. The ex-convict returns to his wife and begins living an honest life. Unfortunately, his old crook friends begin trying to lure him back to crime. Following a prison riot, the social worker ends up living in the same town as the ex-con. They become close friends until the ex-con's wife is killed during an accident. He finds a new wife, but their happiness is marred by the cop who keeps harassing him. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

French Justice by talltale September 21, 2005 - 6:42 AM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
TWO MEN IN TOWN (a too-ordinary title) dissects the French system of justice circa the 1970s and--no surprise--finds it wanting. The surprise here is Alain Delon, who gives one of his more "felt" performances (even if his clothes seem a bit haute couture for a working man) as an ex-con trying to go straight and succeeding nicely--until.... He is well matched by the great Jean Gabin (in one of his final roles), who provides his usual quiet depth and class as the felon's mentor.

This one takes awhile to pull you in (the moviemaking conventions of 30 years ago, with few exceptions, do seem awfully slow when viewed today). Once the film takes hold, however, you'll sit there, glued to the screen. The in-court verbiage from all concerned puts to shame what passes for intelligence on most of our own Court TV and "law" shows, and the ending is stately, swift and decimating.

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