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Grand Slam (1968)

James Anders (Edward G Robinson), a quiet mild-mannered Rio de Janeiro teacher, retires and goes to New York, Paris, London and Rome to recruit a team of international experts for a $10 million diamond heist from a “burglar-proof” electronic safe during the Rio Carnival in Brazil.

With every conceivable angle covered, the job runs into a hitch when a brand new alarm system, the titular “Grand Slam 70”, is installed shortly before the planned robbery.

Edward G Robinson and Janet Leigh – apparently cast for their American box-office appeal – are not given very useful roles, but the four members of the gang are equal to the test, and Georges Rigaud earns special mention as Gregg, the expert safecracker. He pulls off the job with such confidence and skill it makes you wonder what he does nights.

Mary Ann
Janet Leigh
Jean-Paul Audry
Robert Hoffmann
Prof James Anders
Edward G Robinson
Mark Milford
Adolfo Celi
Erich Weiss
Klaus Kinski
Georges Rigaud
Riccardo Cucciolla

Giuliano Montaldo