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The Dictator's Guns (1965)

L'arme à gauche (original title)
Jacques Cournot, a freelance skipper, is hired by Mr Hendrix in Santo Domingo, first of all to advise him regarding the acquisition of a sailing boat. After a thorough inspection of a ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Sautet

Writers:

Charles Williams (novel), Claude Sautet (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Lino Ventura ... Jacques Cournot
Sylva Koscina ... Rae Osborne
Leo Gordon ... Morrison
Alberto de Mendoza ... Hugo Hendrix
Antonio Martín Antonio Martín ... Ruiz
Jean-Claude Bercq ... Avery
Antonio Casas
Ángel del Pozo
José Jaspe José Jaspe
Jacques Léonard Jacques Léonard ... Keefer (as Jack Leonard)
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Jacques Cournot, a freelance skipper, is hired by Mr Hendrix in Santo Domingo, first of all to advise him regarding the acquisition of a sailing boat. After a thorough inspection of a prospective vessel, the "Dragoon", Cournot reports his positive appraisal to Mr Hendrix and initiates the negotiations with Mrs Osborne, the owner of the craft. Barely a couple of days later, Cournot finds himself in a bind as the police questions him about the exact kind of cruise he was supposed to organize for his principal. For the "Dragoon" is gone; Mr Hendrix has disappeared; Mrs Osborne is not aware of any deal; and the corpses of mysterious individuals, victims of a violent death, are found on the beaches of Santo Domingo. Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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Crime | Drama

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Italian censorship visa # 46661 delivered on 17-3-1966. See more »

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Featured in Claude Sautet or the Invisible Magic (2003) See more »

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A man called Ventura. Lino Ventura.
28 August 2003 | by andrei cretulescuSee all my reviews

Excellent adventure yarn, great locations, moody music. The last "action-picture" from the late great french director Claude Sautet - from this he went on and did Les choses de la vie, Cesar et Rosalie, Vincent, Francois, Paul et les autres, plus the two masterpieces Un coeur en hiver and Nelly et M.Arnaud, his final movie, from 1994. By the way, he also wrote Borsalino (for Jacques Deray) and Les yeux sans visage (for Georges Franju). L'arme a gauche is not, by all means, a great movie - but compared to the contemporary crap we're fed every day it's outstanding. The plot concerns a ship stolen by gun dealers somewhere in Central America, but it's merely an excuse for 102 minutes of pure joy, given the fact that the lead is played by l'inoubliable Lino Ventura. He alone makes this little movie worth seeing - I mean, the guy was the walking definition of the term cool... Those of you not familiar with Ventura (shame on you!) must not believe that looks are everything - check out his eyes, his moves and his harsh voice in Le clan de siciliens, Ne nous fachons pas or Adieu poulet (not to mention Les tontons flingueurs) and you will agree that he was in the same league with Jean Gabin. To put it another way, one of the best actors ever.


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18 June 1965 (France) See more »

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Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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