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Les quatre cents coups
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François Truffaut (scenario)
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Release Date:
16 November 1959 (USA) See more »
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From the Vanguard of New Film-Makers Comes an Extraordinary Motion Picture See more »
Plot:
Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Deserved Truffaut Classic Benefits Significantly from Criterion's New DVD Package See more (179 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Antoine Doinel
Claire Maurier ... Gilberte Doinel - la mère d'Antoine
Albert Rémy ... Julien Doinel
Guy Decomble ... 'Petite Feuille', the French teacher

Georges Flamant ... Mr. Bigey
Patrick Auffay ... René
Daniel Couturier ... Betrand Mauricet
François Nocher ... Un enfant / Child
Richard Kanayan ... Un enfant / Child
Renaud Fontanarosa ... Un enfant / Child
Michel Girard ... Un enfant / Child
Serge Moati ... Un enfant / Child (as Henry Moati)
Bernard Abbou ... Un enfant / Child
Jean-François Bergouignan ... Un enfant / Child
Michel Lesignor ... Un enfant / Child
Luc Andrieux ... Le professeur de gym
Robert Beauvais ... Director of the school
Bouchon
Christian Brocard
Yvonne Claudie ... Mme Bigey
Marius Laurey ... L'inspecteur Cabanel
Claude Mansard ... Examining Magistrate
Jacques Monod ... Commissioner
Pierre Repp ... The English Teacher
Henri Virlojeux ... Night watchman (as Henri Virlogeux)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean-Claude Brialy ... Man in Street

Jeanne Moreau ... Woman with dog (as Mademoiselle Jeanne Moreau)

Philippe de Broca ... Man in Funfair (uncredited)

Jacques Demy ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jean Douchet ... The Lover (uncredited)
Marianne Girard ... (uncredited)
Simone Jolivet ... (uncredited)
Laure Paillette ... (uncredited)

François Truffaut ... Man in Funfair (uncredited)

Directed by
François Truffaut 
 
Writing credits
François Truffaut (scenario)

Marcel Moussy (adaptation) (as M. Moussy) &
François Truffaut (adaptation) (as F. Truffaut)

Marcel Moussy (dialogue)

Produced by
François Truffaut .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jean Constantin 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
 
Film Editing by
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
 
Set Decoration by
Bernard Evein 
 
Production Management
Georges Charlot .... production manager
Robert Lachenay .... assistant unit manager
Jean Lavie .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Bober .... second assistant director
Philippe de Broca .... assistant director
Francis Cognany .... second assistant director
Alain Jeannel .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Raymond Lemoigne .... property master (as Raymond Le Moigne)
 
Sound Department
Jean Labussière .... sound assistant
Jean-Claude Marchetti .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Dino .... still photographer
Alain Levent .... assistant camera
Jean Rabier .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Michèle de Possel .... assistant editor
Cécile Decugis .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Luce Deuss .... production secretary
Roland Nonin .... production administrator
Jacqueline Parey .... script girl
 
Thanks
André Bazin .... dedicatee
Jean-Claude Brialy .... thanks
Fernand Deligny .... thanks
Alex Joffé .... thanks
Jacques Josse .... thanks
Suzanne Lipinska .... thanks
Claire Mafféi .... thanks
Jeanne Moreau .... thanks (as Mademoiselle Jeanne Moreau)
Claude Vermorel .... thanks
Claude Véga .... thanks
Annette Wademant .... thanks
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les quatre cents coups" - France (original title)
"The Four Hundred Blows" - Canada (English title), UK, USA
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Runtime:
99 min | Spain:92 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-7 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-8 (1966) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Hungary:18 (original rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (2016) | South Korea:All (DVD rating) (2003) | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1966) | Taiwan:PG-12 (2016) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2001) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: At the end of the movie, crew footprints can be seen in the sand on the beach.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Petite Feuille:Doinel, bring me that. Indeed! Go to the corner!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Quo Vadis, Baby? (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Balzac et GymnastiqueSee more »

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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Deserved Truffaut Classic Benefits Significantly from Criterion's New DVD Package, 20 May 2006
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

As the seminal work of the French New Wave, the 1959 directorial debut of 27-year old Francois Truffaut has such a vaunted reputation that the final film is bound to disappoint. However, the pristine print that comes with the new Criterion Collection DVD really makes me realize what a brave and emotionally resonant film he made ostensibly about his own troubled adolescence. It's worth seeing twice - once for the film itself and a second time to listen to the newly recorded commentary by Truffaut's childhood friend Robert Lachenay (the true-life inspiration for Rene in the film). Speaking in French but subtitled in English, he provides insights into the story and context of the film that no film scholar or even production associate could possibly provide. As a point of comparison, listen to the by-the-numbers commentary by film scholar Brian Stonehill (recorded back in 1992), which is thoughtful and well researched but devoid of the human factor.

The film's title comes from a French colloquialism that translates into "raising hell", an appropriate reference since the story focuses on a thirteen-year old hellion named Antoine, living in a poor section of Paris and neglected by parents downright arrogant in their dysfunctional nature. Antoine consequently lives a street urchin's life as he lies to people in authority - his parents, his teachers, and the police - since he admits rather sadly that the truth doesn't make any difference. Truffaut tracks Antoine's life through a series of dispiriting episodes that ultimately lead him to be sent away to a reformatory after he gets caught returning a stolen typewriter and his mother and stepfather tire of their responsibility over him. To Truffaut's immense credit, the film feels stark and naturalistic without resorting to dramatic manipulation, and he finds the ideal Antoine in Jean-Pierre Leaud, who brings out the confusion, angst and wandering attention of his character in realistic terms. He is especially impressive in an apparently improvised scene where he is interviewed by the school authorities about why his life has come to this. It is heartbreaking to see how bleak his life becomes, yet Leaud imbues the incorrigible, often intolerable side of Antoine with fervor.

There are several interesting extras included with the 2006 DVD package starting with two separate interviews with Truffaut, the first a year after the film's release discussing he film's impact and the second five years later when we see the filmmaker in a more reflective mood about his cinematic influences. Leaud is featured in 16mm screen test footage where his naturally ebullient personality emerges and then after the 1959 Cannes Film Festival where puberty has apparently kicked in and then in 1965 as a comparatively reserved twenty-year old. The screen test of Richard Kanayan (who has a minor role as a schoolmate) is amusing for his Satchmo-inspired rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" and his eerie resemblance to Fantasy Island's Tattoo, Herve Villechaize. Be forewarned that the film is relentlessly downbeat, but Truffaut's emotional investment and consummate abilities as a filmmaker, even at this stage of his career, make this essential viewing.

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