Pierrot la Tendresse (1960)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Gangster Film  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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In this routine crime drama, popular French actor and comic Michel Simon is cast as Pierrot, an elderly gangster who does not fit the stereotype -- he is soft-hearted. After a petty criminal betrays his cohorts by taking off with the loot from a big robbery, he is caught and sent to jail. Now he has served his time, and Pierrot is given the task of retrieving the stolen cash. The tyro criminal tries to use a pretty young woman who has fallen in love with him as a red herring for Pierrot's investigation. Everything backfires though, and Pierrot is left considering what to do with the loot, and with the criminal who does not yet realize he loves his attractive accomplice and could have a good life with her if he opts for walking the straight and narrow. Michel Simon was struggling to get back to work during this period, a few years after some bad dye in make-up had left his face and part of his body paralyzed.

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gangster, loot, mentor, retirement, robbery