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Release Date:
5 December 1975 (France) See more »
Hugo Sennart is a French Gypsy, wanted by the police for theft. The same inspector who's searching for him is also looking for a jewel thief... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Alain Delon ... Hugo Sennart, Le Gitan

Paul Meurisse ... Yan Kuq

Annie Girardot ... Ninie

Marcel Bozzuffi ... Policeman Blot
Bernard Giraudeau ... Mareuil

Renato Salvatori ... Jo Amila, dit "Jo le boxeur"
Maurice Barrier ... Jacques Helman
Maurice Biraud ... Pierrot le naïf
Nicolas Vogel ... Jeannot
Michel Fortin ... Marcel
Pierre Danny ... Riquet
Adolfo Lastretti ... A brother Rinaldi
Rino Bolognesi ... A brother Rinaldi
Jacques Rispal ... Docteur J. Weiss, le vétérinaire
Mario David ... Bob
Marc Eyraud ... Le médecin
Georges Wod ... Lawyer Yan (as George Vod)
Albert Augier
Gabriel Briand
Paul Beauvais
Véronique Danon
Fernand Dubois
Nini Lafleur
Florence Giorgetti

Robert Klein
Irmhild Kuntz
Carole Lange
Stéphane Macha
Roland Monk
Remy Pie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Bourdot
David Gabison ... (uncredited)
Marcel Gassouk ... (uncredited)
Jean Luisi ... (uncredited)
Marie Marczack ... Petit rôle (uncredited)

Directed by
José Giovanni 
Writing credits
José Giovanni (novel "Histoire du Fou")

José Giovanni (screenplay)

Franco Verucci (screenplay collaborator)

Produced by
Raymond Danon .... production delegate
Alain Delon .... producer
Original Music by
Claude Bolling 
Cinematography by
Jean-Jacques Tarbès 
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Thiédot 
Production Design by
Willy Holt 
Set Decoration by
Louis Boussaroque 
Pierre Charron 
Costume Design by
Mimi Gayo 
Hélène Mourry 
Makeup Department
Françoise Andrejka .... makeup artist
Fernande Hugi .... makeup artist
Pierre Vadé .... hair stylist
J.P. Wirtz .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ludmilla Goulian .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philippe Baronnet-Fruges .... assistant director
Luigi Biamonte .... assistant director
Valérie Moncorgé .... assistant director
Bernard Quatrehomme .... assistant director
Art Department
Marc Frédérix .... assistant production designer
Gérard Viard .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Jean Labussière .... sound
Special Effects by
Georges Iaconelli .... special effects (as Jojo Iaconelli)
Rémy Julienne .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Bourgoin .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Marie Castro-Vasquez .... assistant editor
Lea Piras .... assistant editor
Music Department
Rene Duprat .... musician: guitar
Lick .... vocals
E. Sansky .... musician: cello
Other crew
Lucille Costa .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le gitan" - France (original title)
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France:102 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Gypsy wanted man Alain Delon crosses paths with sophisticated criminal, Paul Meurisse, 29 June 2013
Author: msroz from United States

"Le Gitan" is a good noir-policier, written and directed by Jose Giovanni, whose work always has substance, and this one is co-produced by Alain Delon, who also plays "The Gypsy".

The title accurately tells what the story is about, a gypsy, his feelings, his life, and his people. The story has scenes done realistically among real gypsies, their camp, and their children. Most of the story is about the robberies of Delon and his companions and how their paths cross with a very different kind of man, a safecracker played by Paul Meurisse.

Delon reunites here with Renato Salvatori. They were two of the brothers in "The Brothers Rocco". Marcel Bozzufi plays the inspector of police who is after Delon and suspects Meurisse too of a jewel theft.

It makes for an interesting story, taken fairly leisurely with both men having time to reflect on their lives.

The gypsy way of life is shown sympathetically as under pressure. Delon is the old way, out of doors, in nature, nomadic, part of a tribe or clan. By the end of the movie, he is left alone with this as the caravan of campers departs. There is a strong contrast between his first interaction with a young boy fishing and how he can learn out of school, and the final scene in which he sends the gypsy boy to school.

Delon's crimes are to rob the state. Meurisse robs the rich. Delon lives hand to mouth. Meurisse lives with a nice well-equipped apartment with all the conveniences like a coffee maker. The contrasts and their interactions add interest.

I felt Giovanni made a good effort, but without hitting a home run on this one. Still a good movie. It's worth remembering that a man is as good as his best work, and no one does his best work all the time.

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