Director: Barbet Schroeder Cast: Jacques Dutronc, Bulle Ogier, Kurt Raab

DVD (Mono)


Like a glossy wrapping around an empty box, this film about sophisticated gamblers with nothing deeper than their gambling addiction involves a story no deeper than the tracks along its plot line: win at the casinos alone, win with a woman companion, and then cheat to win some more. Elric (Jacques Dutronc) is a professional gambler successfully working the roulette wheel at the casino in Portuguese Madeira when he meets Suzie (Bulle Ogier) at 7:07 p.m. wearing a T-shirt with the number "7" on it. Convinced she will bring him luck if she stays with him at the games for 7 days, Elric talks Suzie into keeping him company -- he is also hoping her disinterest in gambling will cure him of his habit. The reverse happens; he infects Suzie with the gambling bug. At that juncture, Jorg (Kurt Raab), a skillful cheat at many games, cons Elric into taking off with him to scam their way through one casino after another. The men leave and when they return, the temporary rift between Suzie and Elric is healed -- she objected to Jorg's methods -- but Elric is now infected with Jorg's methods himself and uses a remote-control electronic device to cheat at roulette, winning a fortune. With these proceeds, he and Suzie can start building that chateau in the French Alps they have always dreamed of owning -- though it remains to be seen if the gambling bug has been exterminated or is just lying dormant for awhile.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
UPC: 0037429182321
Original Release: 1984
Rating: NR
Source: Homevision
Region Code: 1
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 1:34:00

Special Features

Letterboxed; Digitally remastered; New electronic subtitles; Interview with Barbet Schroeder; Essay by gambling specialist and author Christopher Pawlicki; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jacques Dutronc Elric
Bulle Ogier Suzie
Kurt Raab Jorg
Virgilio Teixeira Toni
Steve Baes Casino manager
Claus-Dieter Reents Aldo
Robby Müller Engineer
Peggy Cass Actor

Technical Credits
Barbet Schroeder Director,Screenwriter
Steve Baes Screenwriter
Pascal Bonitzer Screenwriter
Isabel Branco Costumes/Costume Designer
Maria Jose Branco Art Director,Production Designer
Denise de Casabianca Editor
Margaret Menegoz Producer
Jean-Paul Mugel Sound/Sound Designer
Robby Müller Cinematographer
Peer Raben Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Red 7 [5:44]
2. Key Players [3:49]
3. The System [5:40]
4. Addiction [5:05]
5. Topping [3:55]
6. Elric's Choice [8:12]
7. World Tour [5:53]
8. Second Chances [7:22]
9. Le Château [4:24]
10. The Professionals [5:32]
11. Outside Wagers [2:33]
12. The Trick [1:42]
13. Table 3 [5:44]
14. Compulsion [6:42]
15. New Ball [6:19]
16. Recovery [5:44]
17. Payout [5:27]
18. End Credits [3:22]

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