THAT MAN FROM RIO
(aka L'Homme de Rio )
(aka La Casse)
(1964 / 1971)
Special Two DVD Disc set!
DIRECTOR: That Man from Rio: Philippe de Broca (King of Hearts) / The Burglars: Henri Verneuil (The Sicilian Clan, Fear Over the City)
STARS: That Man from Rio: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Francoise Dorleac, Adolfo Celi / The Burglars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Omar Sharif, Dyan Cannon, Robert Hossein, Renato Salvatori
SYNOPSIS: Two Jean-Paul Belmondo action comedies
That Man from Rio: Fans of adventure style romantic comedies like Romancing the Stone, To Catch a Thief and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom will enjoy this film. Jean-Paul was still quite young in this early non-arthouse film. He's basically a grown up Tintin running from high class hotels to the slums of Brazil to a million dollar mansion and, ultimately, an unforgiving jungle all in the pursuit of a girl and some treasure. The film starts off with a rare statue being stolen followed by Belmondo witnessing his girlfriend's kidnapping and giving chase. From there the action hardly let's up. He follows where the clues lead him in order to unwrap this globe-hopping mystery. It ends up in a cave a looking a little like the opening scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. There are speedboat chases, a plane ride, car chases, an all-out brawl in sleazy bar and, as usual, Belmondo does all his own stunts. It really is like a live action Tintin story. Plenty of thrills and humor in this one. Highly recommended. In spoken French with English subtitles. WIDESCREEN.
The Burglars: Fun crime/ action caper with a few laughs as well. Belmondo once again plays the smirking hero that he does so well. This time he's a master thief. With the help of a few cohorts he pulls off a complex home invasion / jewel theft at the film's start. This great scene is 20 minutes long with no dialog spoken (ala Riffifi). Towards the end of the theft they almost get caught by a detective played by Omar Sharif. After they safely have the jewels the gang has trouble finding a ship out of Greece with a captain that won't ask any questions. Belmondo stashes the jewels until they can get out of town. Unfortunately, this gives Sharif some time to figure out they robbed the house. He blackmails Belmondo and tells him he wants the jewels. As the film progresses things get more serious and some blood is shed. Sharif's comeuppance in the finale is quite memorable. Some fun action scenes including a fantastic 10 minute car chase through the streets, highways, crowds of people and underground tunnels that must be seen to be believed (the clip below is only a portion of this scene!). Based on the novel by David Goodis. Ennio Morricone provides the score. In spoken French with English subtitles. WIDESCREEN
*For more see: The Outsider / Hunter Will Get You, Sigpress Against Scotland Yard, Killing Game and 2nd Best Secret Agent...
(Widescreen / color) Both films
Region Free NTSC dvd-R
BLACK dvd case (above image is the front cover art)
NOTE: The below clips are Low Resolution quality for YouTube
Belmondo does his own stunts
Belmondo vs motorboat
Wild chase scene
Belmondo and Sharif eat Greek food
Buy "That Man From Rio / Burglars"