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Joseph Kessel (novel)
Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation)
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Release Date:
12 September 1969 (France) See more »
Betrayal. Loyalty. Collaboration. Resistance.
An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Seldom Seen Human's in War and Resistance. See more (85 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lino Ventura ... Philippe Gerbier
Paul Meurisse ... Luc Jardie

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Jean François Jardie

Simone Signoret ... Mathilde
Claude Mann ... Claude Ullmann dit 'Le Masque'

Paul Crauchet ... Felix Lepercq
Christian Barbier ... Guillaume Vermersch dit 'Le Bison'

Serge Reggiani ... The hairdresser
André Dewavrin ... Colonel Passy
Alain Dekok ... Legrain
Alain Mottet ... Commander of the camp
Alain Libolt ... Paul Dounat
Jean-Marie Robain ... Baron de Ferte Talloire
Albert Michel ... Gendarm
Denis Sadier ... Gestapo's doctor
Georges Sellier ... Colonel Jarret du Plessis
Marco Perrin ... Octave Bonnafous
Hubert de Lapparent ... Aubert, Pharmacien
Colin Mann ... Dispatcher
Anthony Stuart ... R.A.F. Major
Michel Fretault ... Anonymous Patriot
Gérard-Antoine Huart (as Gérard Huart)
Percival Russel
Michel Dacquin ... Cellmate
Jeanne Pérez
Pierre Vaudier
Jacques Marbeuf ... S.S. Interrogation Officer
Franz Sauer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcel Bernier ... L'adjudant douanier
Gaston Meunier ... Controleur des bagages
Adrien Cayla-Legrand ... Général De Gaulle (uncredited)
Nathalie Delon ... Une amie de Jean-François (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Melville 
Writing credits
Joseph Kessel (novel)

Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation)

Produced by
Jacques Dorfmann .... producer
Original Music by
Éric Demarsan  (as Eric De Marsan)
Cinematography by
Pierre Lhomme 
Walter Wottitz 
Film Editing by
Françoise Bonnot 
Production Design by
Théobald Meurisse 
Set Decoration by
Théobald Meurisse 
Costume Design by
Colette Baudot  (as Madame Colette Baudot)
Makeup Department
Maud Begon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alain Quefféléan .... production manager (as A. Quefféléan)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-François Adam .... assistant director (as J.F. Adam)
Georges Pellegrin .... assistant director (as G. Pellegrin)
Jean-Claude Ventura .... assistant director (as J.C. Ventura)
Art Department
Marc Desages .... second assistant set decorator
Henri Sonois .... first assistant set decorator (as Enriqué Sonnois)
Roger Volper .... property master
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound director
Jean Nény .... sound director (as Jean Neni)
Alex Pront .... sound director
Victor Revelli .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Walter Wottitz .... special photographic effects
Visual Effects by
Georges Tornero .... restoration (restored version)
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Brun .... camera operator
Pierre Li .... first assistant camera
Jacques Renard .... second assistant camera
Raymond Voinquel .... still photographer
Walter Wottitz .... camera operator: aerial unit
Walter Wottitz .... camera operator: underwater unit
Music Department
Robert Pouret .... music editor
Bob Vatel .... musician: piano
Other crew
Betty Elvira .... script girl
Jean-Pierre Spiri-Mercanton .... general manager (as J.P. Spiri-Mercanton)
Howard Vernon .... dialogue: English
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'armée des ombres" - France (original title)
"Army of Shadows" - International (English title) (alternative title), UK (alternative title), USA (alternative title)
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145 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Dolby Digital (2006 restoration)
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12A (re-rating) (2005) | UK:AA (1978) | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

During the shooting of this film, Lino Ventura and the director Jean-Pierre Melville did not speak to each other. They only communicated through assistants.See more »
Anachronisms: In the London WWII sequence, we see double yellow lines on the road. These were only introduced in the UK in 1956 and didn't become common until the 1960s. Same goes for a couple of the street signs, of a style not known before the 1960s.See more »
Philippe Gerbier:See you later, Comrade.
Legrain:...You're a communist?
Philippe Gerbier:No. But I can still have comrades.
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Movie Connections:
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62 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
Seldom Seen Human's in War and Resistance., 4 March 2005
Author: John Geerts ( from Netherlands

I saw this brilliant drama-piece a long time ago and it bound me to my chair. I couldn't move. It is so dramatic and meaningful, and full of betrayal. A choice of life and death never before so condemning in film registered as Jean Pierre Melville himself. He was here recounting his memory as a underground member.

Never before I saw a movie where betrayal had such an impact. I wanted to scream and to help them, but Melville does a little about that.

Spend a lot of nights with bad dreams and a complete loss of human insight.

This masterwork deserves the maximum score. 10*

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