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Béatrix Beck (novel)
Jean-Pierre Melville (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 September 1961 (France) See more »
In World War II, the widow Barny sees the Italian soldiers arriving in occupied Saint Bernard while walking to her job... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win See more »
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Good actors' performance, if a little didactic ! See more (16 total) »


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Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Léon Morin

Emmanuelle Riva ... Barny
Irène Tunc ... Christine Sangredin
Nicole Mirel ... Sabine Levy
Gisèle Grimm ... Lucienne
Marco Behar ... Edelman
Monique Bertho ... Marion
Marc Eyraud
Nina Grégoire
Monique Hennessy ... Arlette
Edith Loria
Micheline Schererre
Renee Liques
Simone Vannier
Lucienne Marchand
Nelly Pitorre
Ernest Varial
Chantal Gozzi
Cedric Grant ... American soldier
George Lambert ... American soldier
Marielle Gozzi ... France (older)
Patricia Gozzi ... France

Gérard Buhr ... Gunther
Howard Vernon ... The colonel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Achard
André Badin
Madeleine Ganne
Adeline Aucoc ... Femme (uncredited)
Maurice Auzel ... Homme dans l'eglise St Bernard (uncredited)
Louis Saintève ... Un homme (uncredited)

Volker Schlöndorff ... Un homme (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Melville 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Béatrix Beck  novel
Jean-Pierre Melville  screenplay and dialogue

Produced by
Georges de Beauregard .... producer
Carlo Ponti .... producer
Original Music by
Martial Solal 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Meppiel 
Nadine Trintignant 
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
Production Design by
Daniel Guéret 
Makeup Department
Christine Fornelli .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacqueline Parey .... assistant director
Volker Schlöndorff .... assistant director
Art Department
Robert Christidès .... set designer
Sound Department
Jacques Maumont .... sound mixer
Guy Villette .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Cauchetier .... still photographer
Jean Rabier .... camera operator
Music Department
Albert Raisner .... musician: harmonica

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Also Known As:
"Léon Morin, prêtre" - France (original title)
"Leon Morin, Priest" - International (English title) (literal title)
"The Forgiven Sinner" - USA
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Sweden:130 min | UK:115 min (2003 re-release) | Argentina:130 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | USA:117 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Finland:S (cut) (1962) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | UK:PG (2003 re-release) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18

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16 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Good actors' performance, if a little didactic !, 12 September 2004
Author: Nicholas Rhodes from Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France

I discovered this one recently in my local market on a double DVD with a film called "Les Grandes Gueules". It was interesting to see Belmondo in the rôle of a priest and I thought his dialogue and ideas were very convincing indeed ! Emanuelle Riva, I know less but she put in a good performance too. The outcome, nevertheless, is predictable and, as is often the case in French films unfortunately, ends on a pessimistic note ! Although the film is in black and white and from 1961, picture and sound quality are reasonably good. I was most pleased to see Belmondo in this rôle which changes somewhat from stuntman and the usual commissaires de police ! I am moderately religious so was interested in the theme and ideas of the film. That said, on the other hand, to someone who is anti-religion, heathen or atheist, the film might indeed appear uninteresting and boring !

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