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Happy New Year (La bonne année)
Happy New Year (La bonne année) is a 1973 French-Italian crime tragicomedy directed by Claude Lelouch and starring Lino Ventura and Francoise Fabian. Simon (Ventura) is released from prison under a New Year amnesty. The police secretly follows him in order to find the loot that Simon's accomplice successfully carried away after the heist of the jewelry store six years ago. Then the story of the heist and of Simon's love to Françoise is shown.
The movie is partially filmed in color (the scenes, set in 1966) and partially in B&W (the scenes of 1972).
An American remake Happy New Year was released in 1987, directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Peter Falk, Charles Durning and Tom Courtenay.
Note: the 1920x1080px HD release has large black bars on both sides. They are cropped from the screenshots below, hence the non-standard aspect ratio.
The following weapons were used in the film Happy New Year (La bonne année):
Single Action Army
During the robbery Charlot holds a Single Action Army revolver (a rather strange choice for a French criminal in 1960s). The gun looks somewhat unnatural and may be some kind of replica or even a toy gun.
Colt Detective Special
In a scene in the prison convict Michel Barbier (cameo of film director assistant Élie Chouraqui) uses a Colt Detective Special revolver to take hostages. Then it is revealed that the scene is only Barbier's imagination of the plan that he wants to fulfill by using a mockup revolver (for the mockup gun see below).
A Flintlock Pistol is a Christmas gift from Charlot to Simon.
Gendarmes carry MAT-49 submachine guns during the arrest of Simon.
Michel Barbier who is in the same cell as Simon makes a mock revolver in Colt Detective Special style out of bread.