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Release Date:
23 July 1962 (USA) See more »
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Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother... See more » | Add synopsis »
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French gangster thriller that hits all the right notes See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Aznavour ... Charlie Kohler / Edouard Saroyan
Marie Dubois ... Léna
Nicole Berger ... Thérèse Saroyan
Michèle Mercier ... Clarisse
Serge Davri ... Plyne
Claude Mansard ... Momo
Richard Kanayan ... Fido Saroyan (as Le jeune Richard Kanayan)
Albert Rémy ... Chico Saroyan
Jean-Jacques Aslanian ... Richard Saroyan
Daniel Boulanger ... Ernest
Claude Heymann ... Lars Schmeel
Alex Joffé ... Passerby
Boby Lapointe ... Le chanteur
Catherine Lutz ... Mammy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laure Paillette ... La mère (uncredited)
Alice Sapritch ... Concierge (uncredited)

Directed by
François Truffaut 
 
Writing credits
David Goodis (novel "Down There")

François Truffaut (adaptation) (as F. Truffaut) and
Marcel Moussy (adaptation)

François Truffaut (dialogue)

Produced by
Pierre Braunberger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
Raoul Coutard 
 
Film Editing by
Claudine Bouché 
Cécile Decugis 
 
Production Design by
Jacques Mély (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Jacqueline Pipard .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Serge Komor .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Bober .... assistant director
Francis Cognany .... assistant director
Bjorn Johansen .... assistant director (as Björn Johansen)
 
Sound Department
Jacques Gallois .... sound
Jean Philippe .... assistant sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Beausoleil .... camera operator (uncredited)
Raymond Cauchetier .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jean-Louis Malige .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Luce Deuss .... production secretary
Roger Fleytoux .... administrator
Suzanne Schiffman .... script girl
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tirez sur le pianiste" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
UK:80 min | USA:92 min | Finland:82 min (1963) | Argentina:85 min
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Black and White (Dyaliscope)
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2001) | UK:15 (video rating) (1994) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Trivia:
Because no funding was available from any of the studios, 'Francois Truffaut' and his crew shot the film on the fly on the streets of Paris, often making up the script as they went along. The ending was decided on the basis of who was available at the time of shooting.See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: When Lena and Charlie walk home after work you can see the shadow of the camera on their coats.See more »
Quotes:
Momo:My pop used to say, "If someone knocks, assume it's a murderer. If it's just a robber, you'll be happy."See more »
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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
French gangster thriller that hits all the right notes, 26 October 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Shoot the Pianist is Francois Truffaut's attempt at mirroring the greatness of the classic gangster films. And suffice to say; it is a very nice attempt indeed. The film follows Charlie Kohler, a simple bar-side piano player. Charlie's life takes a turn for the more exciting one day when his brother turns up at the bar, telling his brother that a couple of gangsters that he and his other brother cheated out of their side of the loot from a job that the four did together are after him. Charlie also has a secret admirer; Lena, a barmaid at the bar he works in. Now this once simple piano player has gone from a quiet life at a piano to having to deal with gangsters, his brothers and a new love interest. But wait...there's more; is Charlie all that he seems? Is he merely a simple piano player? That's what makes this film great; it's never black and white (if you'll excuse the pun), and it is always ready to throw in another plot turn to keep you guessing.

After the universally acclaimed "The 400 Blows", Francois Truffaut had his work cut out for his next movie. Many will disagree, but I actually think he surpassed it. The 400 Blows is undoubtedly a more important work; but this film hits more of the right notes and is very much more enjoyable. The cast is absolutely flawless throughout; Charles Aznavour stars in the lead role. He gets his characterization spot on; his melancholy comes naturally and is believable throughout. Marie Debois and Nicole Berger star alongside Aznavour, and although they are more in the background; they still manage to impress. There is also a role here for Michèle Mercier, whom you may remember from the Mario Bava masterpiece; Black Sabbath. Truffaut's cinematography is clean and crisp and the film is an aesthetic treat throughout. Despite being nearly 45 years old, the film also manages to retain a feeling of freshness, and that's something that not all crime thrillers of today can do after 4 years, let alone 45. Truffaut has also very obviously got an astute sense of humour - there's one part of the film involving one of the gangster's mother's dropping dead that made me laugh out loud. Let it never be said that the French can't be funny

The film features many anecdotes that ring true. My personal favourite is when Lena says that what you do today becomes a part of you tomorrow. It's simple, but very astute. Another good one is when one of the gangsters talks about all the lovely gadgets he has, and after listing them all he finishes with; "I'm bored". Truffaut obviously knows that material goods aren't what make people happy, and this film presents a rather amusing way of showing that. However, despite these and several other anecdotes; the film doesn't appear to have a defining point, which lessens its impact somewhat. Overall, however, Shoot the Pianist is a lovely little film that shouldn't be missed by anyone that professes to like gangster movies. It's amusing, has some points to make and its flawlessly acted and directed. Highest recommendations for this one.

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