The 400 Blows ()

Les quatre cents coups (original title)
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A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

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Antoine Doinel
Claire Maurier ...
Gilberte Doinel - la mère d'Antoine
Julien Doinel - le beau-père d'Antoine
Guy Decomble ...
'Petite Feuille' - l'instituteur
Mr. Bigey - le père de René
Patrick Auffay ...
René Bigey
Daniel Couturier ...
Bertrand Mauricet - un élève
François Nocher ...
Un délinquant
Richard Kanayan ...
Un élève
Renaud Fontanarosa ...
Un élève
Michel Girard ...
Un élève
Serge Moati ...
Un élève (as Henry Moati)
Bernard Abbou ...
Un élève
Jean-François Bergouignan ...
Un enfant
Michel Lesignor ...
Un enfant
Luc Andrieux ...
Le professeur de gym
Robert Beauvais ...
Le directeur de l'école
Christian Brocard ...
L'escroc à la machine à écrire
Mme Bigey - la mère de René
Marius Laurey ...
L'inspecteur Cabanel
Claude Mansard ...
La juge pour enfants
Le commissaire de police
Pierre Repp ...
Le professeur d'anglais
Henri Virlojeux ...
Le gardien de nuit au bureau (as Henri Virlogeux)
Le dragueur dans la rue
La femme au chien (as Mademoiselle Jeanne Moreau)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles L. Bitsch ...
Policier au commissariat (uncredited)
Spectateur à la fête foraine (uncredited)
Louise Chevalier ...
Une commère (uncredited)
Armand Coppello ...
Petit peu (uncredited)
Policier au commissariat (uncredited)
Jean Douchet ...
L'amant de Gilberte (uncredited)
Marianne Girard ...
(uncredited) (voice)
Simone Jolivet ...
Laure Paillette ...
Une commère (uncredited)
Homme à la fête foraine (uncredited)
Gérard Van Ruymbeke ...
Un enfant (uncredited)

Directed by

François Truffaut

Written by

François Truffaut ... (scenario)
Marcel Moussy ... (adaptation) (as M. Moussy) &
François Truffaut ... (adaptation) (as F. Truffaut)
Marcel Moussy ... (dialogue)

Produced by

François Truffaut ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Jean Constantin

Cinematography by

Henri Decaë ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

Editorial Department

Michèle de Possel ... assistant editor
Cécile Decugis ... assistant editor

Set Decoration by

Bernard Evein

Production Management

Georges Charlot ... production manager
Robert Lachenay ... assistant unit manager
Jean Lavie ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Robert Bober ... second assistant director
Philippe de Broca ... assistant director
Francis Cognany ... second assistant director
Alain Jeannel ... second assistant director

Art Department

Raymond Lemoigne ... property master (as Raymond Le Moigne)
Boris Grinsson ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

Jean Labussière ... sound assistant
Jean-Claude Marchetti ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

André Dino ... still photographer
Alain Levent ... assistant camera
Jean Rabier ... camera operator

Script and Continuity Department

Jacqueline Parey ... script girl

Additional Crew

Luce Deuss ... production secretary
Roland Nonin ... production administrator


André Bazin ... in memory of
Jean-Claude Brialy ... thanks
Fernand Deligny ... thanks
Alex Joffé ... thanks
Jacques Josse ... thanks
Suzanne Lipinska ... thanks
Claire Mafféi ... thanks
Jeanne Moreau ... thanks (as Mademoiselle Jeanne Moreau)
Claude Vermorel ... thanks
Claude Véga ... thanks
Annette Wademant ... thanks
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Plot Summary

Seemingly in constant trouble at school, 14-year-old Antoine Doinel returns at the end of every day to a drab, unhappy home life. His parents have little money and he sleeps on a couch that's been pushed into the kitchen. His parents bicker constantly and he knows his mother is having an affair. He decides to skip school and begins a downward spiral of lies and theft. His parents are at their wits' end, and after he's stopped by the police, they decide the best thing would be to let Antoine face the consequences. He's sent to a juvenile detention facility where he doesn't do much better. He does manage to escape however. Written by garykmcd

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Also Known As
  • Les Quatre Cents Coups (France)
  • Les 400 Coups (France)
  • The 400 Blows (World-wide, English title)
  • The Four Hundred Blows (United States)
  • The 400 Blows (India, English title)
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  • 99 min
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Cumulative Worldwide Gross $1,031,132

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Trivia All the young actors who unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Antoine were used in the classroom scenes. See more »
Goofs (at around 1h 39 mins) At the very end right as Antoine reaches the water's edge, the shadows of the crew can be seen on the sand and water. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Une vague nouvelle (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Les Quatre Cents Coups See more »
Quotes Antoine Doinel: Dad, I need some money.
Julien Doinel: What?
Antoine Doinel: I just need 1,000 francs.
Julien Doinel: Which means you're hoping for 500, meaning you really need 300, so here's a hundred. All right, 500. But your mother should pay for that.
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