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Band of Outsiders (1964)

Bande à part (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 5 August 1964 (France)
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Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard (as Cinéma)

Writer:

Dolores Hitchens (novel)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Anna Karina ... Odile
Danièle Girard Danièle Girard ... English Teacher
Louisa Colpeyn Louisa Colpeyn ... Madame Victoria
Chantal Darget Chantal Darget ... Arthur's Aunt
Sami Frey ... Franz
Claude Brasseur ... Arthur
Georges Staquet Georges Staquet ... Legionary
Ernest Menzer Ernest Menzer ... Arthur's Uncle
Jean-Claude Rémoleux Jean-Claude Rémoleux ... L'élève buveur d'alcool
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michel Delahaye Michel Delahaye ... Le portier
Louis Jojot Louis Jojot ... (as Monsieur Jojot)
Claude Makovski Claude Makovski ... Pupil
Michèle Seghers Michèle Seghers ... Student in English Class
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Storyline

A triangle: Franz, Arthur, and Odile. Franz, a young man with Alain Delon good looks, has met Odile in an English class. She lives in Joinville with wealthy benefactors and has mentioned to Franz that Mr. Stolz keeps a pile of 10,000 franc notes unlocked in his room. Franz tells his friend Arthur, a swarthy guy whose shady uncle is pressing him for money. Arthur and Franz, who mimic American movie tough guys, case Odile's house, pressure her to assist them with a burglary, and make passes at her as well. She's alternately compliant and distressed. Will they pull off the heist? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

A Who-Dunit, Who's Got-It, Where-Is-It-Now Wild One From That "Breathless" director Jean-Luc Godard!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

BFI (distributor) [UK]

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

5 August 1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Band of Outsiders See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,656, 19 August 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,651, 7 August 2016
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There are two references to the French poet Arthur Rimbaud in the film. Firstly, Arthur the character says his surname is "Rimbaud", though this could be a pseudonym. Secondly, the narrator quotes from Rimbaud's work "Les Illuminations" after the visit to the Louvre - "Rien ne bougeait encore au front des palais. L'eau etait morte" ("Nothing was stirring yet at the front of the palace. The water was dead"). See more »

Goofs

During the first attempt at the robbery, Franz and Arthur are wearing Odile's stockings as masks. When chasing her around the house, the stockings disappear. See more »

Quotes

English Teacher: Today no need to know how to ask for directions or a room with a bath; today we must know how to spell 'Thomas Hardy'.
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Crazy Credits

For the last time (?) on the screen Music by Michel Legrand See more »

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Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
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Music by Michel Legrand
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Interesting but not essential
31 January 2005 | by FreeMMSee all my reviews

I found this to be more of a film about film-making than a great piece of cinema in its own right. It started fairly slowly and was unlike anything that I'd seen before but at the same time it wasn't really going anywhere. I watched some of the extras with the DVD and I'm glad I did because it highlighted the camera work and score which is really all that I'd really picked up watching it. The dance scene was brilliant but aside from that I didn't really find much in the characters to hook me in. I understand from the extras that there was no script which I know isn't uncommon with other directors but it did play like that. There was some good interaction between the characters at times but overall the only real spark inside the film itself was the dance. More technical for me than anything else.


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