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Backfire (1964)

Échappement libre (original title)
A greedy gold smuggler hires a handsome hero to transport a stolen fortune to a new hideout in this thrilling adventure.


Jean Becker


Didier Goulard (adaptation), Maurice Fabre (adaptation) | 4 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... David Ladislas
Jean Seberg ... Olga Celan
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Mario
Renate Ewert ... The Countess with Mario
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Van Houde
Wolfgang Preiss ... Grenner
Diana Lorys ... Rosetta
Fernando Rey ... Commissioner of Beirut harbor
Michel Beaune ... Daniel
Roberto Camardiel ... Stefanidès
Xan das Bolas ... Guard of the boat parking (as Xan Das Bolas)
Petar Martinovitch Petar Martinovitch ... Otto
Carmen de Lirio ... 1st girl in bed with Mario
Fernando Sancho ... Ilmaz
Margarita Gil Margarita Gil ... Phone Operator


A greedy gold smuggler hires a handsome hero to transport a stolen fortune to a new hideout in this thrilling adventure.

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Belmondo's Up in the Air Again...With Jean Seberg Along for the Ride...And That Goldfinger Villain Trying to Shoot him Down!


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Original French release version runs approximately 105 minutes. See more »

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Delectable comic thriller
20 June 2008 | by pstumpfSee all my reviews

Lighthearted mixture of thrills, laughs and romance, done in the fizzy style that seems unique to the 60's. Diamond smuggling in a loaded Triumph sports car provides the action, as the protagonists go from Barcelona to Beirut, from Athens to Bremen, accompanied by an exhilarating jazzy score by Martial Solal.

The fun is aided immeasurably by the charisma and chemistry of the two stars: Belmondo, full of bravado and charm, displaying his full star power; and Seberg looking impossibly glamorous and cool, showing toughness and vulnerability. Gert Frobe and Fernando Rey lend their strong personalities to several scenes.

It's astonishing that this heady entertainment is barely known, given that it's a reunion of the stars from the famous "Breathless". A must-see for any fan of 60's caper movies, and of the two stars.

Seen at MoMA, NYC, on June 16, 2008.

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Release Date:

4 September 1964 (France) See more »

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