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Scoumoune (1972)
"La scoumoune" (original title)

 |  Crime, Drama  |  1974 (USA)
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Episodic portrait of a criminal, from 1934 until after the war. Roberto Borgo is tough, cool, sardonic, loyal, and deadly. He comes to Marseilles to help his friend Xavier Saratov get out ... See full summary »

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Director: Jacques Deray
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Roberto Borgo
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Georgia Saratov
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Xavier Saratov
Enrique Lucero ...
Le Mexicain / Migli
Alain Mottet ...
Ficelle
Michel Peyrelon ...
L'élégant
Philippe Brizard ...
Fanfan
Marie-Claude Mestral ...
Une prostituée
Aldo Bufi Landi ...
Jeannot Villanova
Luciano Catenacci ...
(as Luciano Lorcas)
Lucie Arnold ...
La chanteuse (as Luci Arnold)
Albert Augier
Bruno Balp ...
L'inspecteur à la morgue
Paul Beauvais
Gabriel Briand ...
Un bagnard
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Episodic portrait of a criminal, from 1934 until after the war. Roberto Borgo is tough, cool, sardonic, loyal, and deadly. He comes to Marseilles to help his friend Xavier Saratov get out of jail, first killing a local brothel and casino boss to take over the businesses, and, with the help of Xavier's sister, Georgia, amass money for Xavier's defense. Xavier loses in court, so Roberto gets himself thrown in prison to be with his friend. Escape proves futile, but they are pardoned in exchange for working as sappers. After the war, Xavier is a bitter cripple, but Roberto remains detached, extorting ownership of a casino, which puts his friends at risk. Does he care? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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16th highest grossing movie of its year in France. See more »

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During the riot - because of the rotten food - in jail, Fanfan sits at the right of Xavier Saratov. He is not supposed to be here yet, since Borgo will welcome him few scenes later. See more »

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18 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

That 's what the title means ,and it's the hero's nickname.

Fact: in 1960,Jacques Becker released his final masterpiece "Le Trou" ,the screenplay of which was written by Jose Giovanni;the following year,after his father's death ,Jean Becker made his first effort "Un Nommé La Rocca" based on another Giovanni's screenplay.

"La Scoumoune" is a remake of "Un Nommé La Rocca".Giovanni uses his own screenplay.The differences between the two movies are minimal,the early version being perhaps more realistic in the prison scenes (Giovanni spent some time in jail and he knew what he was talking about).Belmondo stars in both.The ending is slightly modified.Highlights remain the scenes on the beach.

"La Scoumoune" was highly successful ,because Belmondo had become huge and his co-star Claudia Cardinale was also much more famous than Christine Kaufman ,the starlet of the late fifties /early sixties sword and sandal flicks .


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