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5 August 1964 (France) See more »
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Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Anna Karina ... Odile
Danièle Girard ... English Teacher
Louisa Colpeyn ... Madame Victoria
Chantal Darget ... Arthur's Aunt
Sami Frey ... Franz
Claude Brasseur ... Arthur
Georges Staquet ... Legionary
Ernest Menzer ... Arthur's Uncle
Jean-Claude Rémoleux ... L'élève buveur d'alcool
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michel Delahaye ... Le portier
Monsieur Jojot
Claude Makovski ... Pupil
Michèle Seghers ... Student in English Class

Jean-Luc Godard ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Luc Godard  (as JeanLuc Cinéma Godard)
 
Writing credits
Dolores Hitchens (novel "Fools' Gold")

Jean-Luc Godard  scenario (uncredited)

Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
 
Cinematography by
Raoul Coutard 
 
Film Editing by
Françoise Collin 
Dahlia Ezove 
Agnès Guillemot 
 
Makeup Department
Janou Pottier .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Philippe Dussart .... production manager
Ritta Sarf .... unit manager
Maurice Urbain .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hélène Kalougine .... assistant director (as Hélène Kalouguine)
Jean-Paul Savignac .... assistant director (as JeanClaude Savignac)
 
Sound Department
Antoine Bonfanti .... sound
Robert Cambourakis .... sound assistant
René Levert .... sound
Jean Philippe .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fernand Coquet .... electrician
Pierre Coquet .... electrician (as Pierrot Coquet)
JeanClaude Duran .... grip
Bernard Largemain .... grip
Georges Liron .... camera operator
Marilù Parolini .... still photographer (as Marilou Parolini)
Théo Robichet .... camera operator
Roger Schleich .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christiane Fageol .... wardrobe
 
Other crew
Patricia Finaly .... office production assistant
Jeanne Marie Olivier .... office production assistant (as JaneMarie Olivier)
Suzanne Schiffman .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Bande à part" - France (original title)
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USA:95 min
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Trivia:
Quentin Tarantino named his production company, A Band Apart, after this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the first attempt at the robbery, Franz and Arthur are wearing Odile's stockings as masks. When chasing her around the house, the stockings disappear.See more »
Quotes:
Franz:A minute of silence can last a long time... a whole eternity.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Simple Men (1992)See more »
Soundtrack:
J'entends, j'entendsSee more »

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25 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Good Godard, but not Great Godard, 18 August 2004
Author: (rcraig62@comcast.net) from Brick, NJ

"Band Of Outsiders" covers about the same ground as "Breathless", but I think with less depth and less humor. Godard sticks more to plot here and less to his wonderful scenes of empty talk that are like good jazz riffs. People may respond more to this one than Breathless precisely for that reason- it more fits the conception of an American B-movie: The plot is conceived, designed and carried out with a few twists and turns in the process.

This movie is the most self-referential of Godard's B-ish movies in that Godard is a director who lives in a world of the junk crime movies he grew up with making a movie about characters who live their lives like a bad crime movie. When Anna Karina jokes that Stolz probably made his loot from cheating on his taxes, then repeats it again in the final scene- this time as stated fact, it shows you how deeply these characters are entrenched in the fiction of it all, how the wisecracking becomes a way of living. What was disappointing to me is that there was less of the memorable nonsense that makes Godard's films unique- although there is some. Godard's overwrought, sickly poetic narration is obviously a gag, as is Arthur's hilariously overacted death scene; the minute of silence at the soda shop where Godard cuts the soundtrack completely is great, and the synchronized (well, almost) dancing is just precious, and I loved it. But it's the almostness of Godard's films that makes it special; if it were too perfect, it would be mechanized and dull. Instead of dancing, it would be choreography, an applied science.

Band Of Outsiders is definitely worth seeing if you like Godard's way of filmmaking; to me, it falls a little short of greatness, but it does have its moments. Beware of croc-Odiles! 3*** out of 4

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