Band of Outsiders (1964)
"Bande à part" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  5 August 1964 (France)
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Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.


(as JeanLuc Cinéma Godard)


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Credited cast:
Danièle Girard ...
English Teacher
Louisa Colpeyn ...
Madame Victoria
Chantal Darget ...
Arthur's Aunt
Sami Frey ...
Claude Brasseur ...
Georges Staquet ...
Ernest Menzer ...
Arthur's Uncle
Jean-Claude Rémoleux ...
L'élève buveur d'alcool
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michel Delahaye ...
Le portier
Louis Jojot ...
(as Monsieur Jojot)
Claude Makovski ...
Michèle Seghers ...
Student in English Class


A triangle: Franz, Arthur, and Odile. Franz, a young man with Alain Delon good looks, has met Odile in an English class. She lives in Joinville with wealthy benefactors and has mentioned to Franz that Mr. Stolz keeps a pile of 10,000 franc notes unlocked in his room. Franz tells his friend Arthur, a swarthy guy whose shady uncle is pressing him for money. Arthur and Franz, who mimic American movie tough guys, case Odile's house, pressure her to assist them with a burglary, and make passes at her as well. She's alternately compliant and distressed. Will they pull off the heist? Written by <>

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Release Date:

5 August 1964 (France)  »

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Band of Outsiders  »

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$120,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,656 (USA) (17 August 2001)


$182,857 (USA) (16 November 2001)

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Did You Know?


The story Franz refers to in the café scene, about something being best hidden in the most obvious place, is "The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allen Poe. See more »


Odile is wearing long socks in the house but when she leaves the house to meet the men at the factory, she is wearing stockings. See more »


Arthur: Ever kiss a guy?
Odile: Sure I have.
Arthur: You know how?
Odile: Sure, with the tongue.
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Crazy Credits

For the last time (?) on the screen Music by Michel Legrand See more »


References The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) See more »


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Written and Performed by Jean Ferrat
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Amazing Film
12 March 2004 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is a very rich and entertaining work. The plot revolves around two men and a woman who decide to rob the employer of the woman's aunt. However, Godard uses this slender plot as an excuse to riff on a wide spectrum of subjects. The would-be criminals run around, dance, recite newspapers stories to each other and have pretend shoot-outs.

This film is a lot of fun. Watch out for the celebrated dance sequence in the cafe and the scene where the three hold a minutes silence and all the noise on the soundtrack is cut off for the duration.

Acting wise, the film is stolen by the lovely Anna Karina (who was Godard's wife at the time) as the sweet, vague woman at the centre of the trio. Godard himself does the voice-over narration relating the story.

Filmed on the cold, de-glamorised streets of urban Paris, the film has a spontaneous feel that adds a lot to the exhilarating feel of the whole work.

This film is a charming, fun and suspense filled picture from one of the world's most interesting film-makers.

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