Max and the Junkmen (1971) Image
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  • Summary: Never before released in U.S. theaters, Claude Sautet’s crime drama about Max, a Paris detective hellbent on justice at any cost after watching one too many wily criminals slip through his fingers. Following a chance encounter with Abel, an Army buddy now working as a scrap collector (mostNever before released in U.S. theaters, Claude Sautet’s crime drama about Max, a Paris detective hellbent on justice at any cost after watching one too many wily criminals slip through his fingers. Following a chance encounter with Abel, an Army buddy now working as a scrap collector (most of whose “scrap” just happens to be stolen), Max decides to lure Abel and his gang into committing a bank robbery ... so that he can then catch them red-handed. So Max poses as a wealthy banker and begins a series of illicit rendezvous with the high-class prostitute Lily, who happens to be Abel’s girlfriend, carefully dropping hints about a bank that’s just waiting to be knocked over. But there’s one thing the cold-hearted Max doesn’t factor into his diabolical scheme: the possibility of falling in love. (Film Society Lincoln Center) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Jaime N. Christley
    Aug 7, 2012
    88
    Regarding Michel Piccoli's Max, Claude Sautet's film resists judgment, neither condoning nor signposting the despicable nature of his choices.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Garrett
    Aug 7, 2012
    80
    The deep cynicism would be depressing if it weren't so riveting.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 9, 2012
    80
    Max et les Ferrailleurs, adapted from a novel by Claude Néron, has the matter-of-fact look and careful pace of a precinct-house procedural.
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