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Pierre Lesou (based on the novel by)
Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation)
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Release Date:
2 March 1964 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Silien

Serge Reggiani ... Maurice Faugel

Jean Desailly ... Le commissaire Clain
René Lefèvre ... Gilbert Varnove (as René Lefevre)
Marcel Cuvelier ... Un inspecteur
Philippe March ... Jean (as Aimé De March)
Fabienne Dali ... Fabienne
Monique Hennessy ... Thérèse
Carl Studer ... Kern
Christian Lude ... Le docteur
Jacques De Leon ... Armand
Jacques Léonard ... Un inspecteur (as Jack Leonard)
Paulette Breil ... Anita

Philippe Nahon ... Remy
Charles Bayard ... Le vieil homme
Daniel Crohem ... L'nspecteur Salignari
Charles Bouillaud ... Le barman du Cotton Club

Michel Piccoli ... Nuttheccio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrès ... Le maître d'hôtel (uncredited)
Robert Blome ... U, barman (uncredited)

Volker Schlöndorff ... L'homme dans la barre (uncredited)
Georges Sellier ... Un barman (uncredited)
Dominique Zardi ... Un homme de Nuttecchio (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Melville 
Writing credits
Pierre Lesou (based on the novel by)

Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation)

Produced by
Georges de Beauregard .... producer (as Georges De Beauregard)
Carlo Ponti .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Misraki 
Cinematography by
Nicolas Hayer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Monique Bonnot 
Production Design by
Daniel Guéret  (as Daniel Gueret)
Art Direction by
Daniel Guéret  (as Daniel Gueret)
Set Decoration by
Pierre Charron 
Production Management
Georges de Beauregard .... production manager (as Georges De Beauregard)
Jean Pieuchot .... unit manager
Roger Scipion .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles L. Bitsch .... associate director (as Charles Bitsch)
Volker Schlöndorff .... first assistant director (as Volker Schloendorff)
Art Department
Donald Cardwell .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Julien Coutelier .... sound
Jean Gaudelet .... sound assistant (as Gaudelet)
Victor Revelli .... sound assistant (as Revelli)
Camera and Electrical Department
André Dubreuil .... assistant camera
Roger Robert .... key grip
Étienne Rosenfeld .... assistant camera (as Etienne Rosenfeld)
Henri Tiquet .... camera operator
Raymond Voinquel .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Michèle Boëhm .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jacques Loussier .... musician: piano-bar
Jacques Métehen .... conductor (as Jacques Metehen)
Other crew
René Longuet .... jewels
Élisabeth Rappeneau .... script girl
Bertrand Tavernier .... production publicist
Paul Mayersberg .... runner (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le doulos" - France (original title)
"The Finger Man" - , USA (alternative title)
"Doulos: The Finger Man" - USA
"Dog" - Japan (English title) (informal literal title)
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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-18 (1967) | Finland:(Banned) (1965) | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2007) (uncut) | Norway:16 (1963) | Singapore:PG | UK:12A | UK:12 (video) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (original rating) (cut)

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Martin Scorsese's favorite gangster movie.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Fougel frantically drives in heavy rain to Silien's home, exterior shots of the car show the rain running straight down the door and window, instead of flowing backwards with the wind.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A lot of filling with more than enough substance., 3 June 2011
Author: bobsgrock from United States

More often than not, French gangster films that owe so much to early American gangster films come off as cakes with more icing than cake. This is not the case with Jean-Pierre Melville, whose Bob le Flambeur is a powerful tale of a compulsive gambler who attempts to right his own life and the lives of those he cares for. In Le Doulos, the story focuses on a gangster, Maurice, just released from prison who immediately gets back on the other side of the law and begins to get involved in the ever-constant struggle between French police and organized crime.

This film obviously owes a great deal to early American gangster films, as so much of Melville does, but what makes it slightly different is the complexity of character and plot Melville injects into the story. There are numerous layers of action going on here; each character is as duplicitous as possible so motivations are always in question and the audience never really can tell who exactly is on which side until the final conclusion. Yet, it is never too confusing and never dull to watch as Melville invites us to explore closer the beautiful fluid camera work and the stunning and stark cinematography.

The acting is also quite effective, especially Serge Reggiani as the world-worn Maurice whose face says more than anything else, and French cinema legend Jean-Paul Belmondo as the too cool for his own good Silien. All in all, a very entertaining and well-made caper thriller that compared to today's shoot 'em ups consists of more than enough cake with the right amount of icing as well.

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