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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.

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

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$27,671 (USA) (17 June 2016)
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The dance has been referred as the 'Madison dance', but bears little resemblance to the real 'Madison' dance. See more »

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When Franz and Arthur stop to look at Odile's house, Arthur is seen to put his book into his pocket twice, in different shots. See more »

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Le narrateur: A few clues for latecomers: Several weeks ago... A pile of money... An English class... A house by the river... A romantic young girl...
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Les parapluies de Cherbourg
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Another uneven Godard movie, half inspired, half tedious.
16 December 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I must admit I have a bit of a problem with Jean Luc Godard. As he is a major influence on many film makers I love, I'm always curious to watch his movies to see where thay learned their chops. But I usually find Godard's movies a chore to get through and generally disappointing overall. Even his most famous and influential movie 'Breathless' took me a few viewings before I "got" it, and recently rewatching it for the first time on DVD I found it to be a lot less entertaining than I'd remembered. 'Band Of Outsiders' is for many Godard buffs even better than 'Breathless', but I really cannot share their enthusiasm. While in many ways the two movies are similar in approach and subject matter, the major difference for me is that 'Band Of Outsiders' lacks the infectious energy of 'Breathless'. Making a movie about characters who are bored with life there is a great risk that the movie will be boring to watch, and this is too often the case with this film. There are a few inspired sequences I can't deny that, especially the influential dancing scene, the minute of silence, and the race around the Louvre, but these are few and far between. The other main difference is in the actors themselves. Anna Karina is by far the best thing about this movie, but Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey lack the charisma and presence of Jean-Paul Belmondo, and drag the movie to a standstill every time they have a "bit". I'm sorry I just couldn't get into their characters or care for their fate, in the way I could about Belmondo and Seberg in Godard's earlier movie. So there you have it, a movie that buffs will probably want to check out for historical reasons, but apart from that there isn't much reason to sit through it. And yeah, I know it gets a big thumbs up from Quentin Tarantino, but so does 'Days Of Thunder'!


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