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Le Samouraï (1967)

Le samouraï (original title)
After professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Jef Costello
François Périer ... Le Commissaire
Nathalie Delon ... Jane Lagrange
Cathy Rosier Cathy Rosier ... La pianiste (as Caty Rosier)
Jacques Leroy Jacques Leroy ... L'homme de la passerelle
Michel Boisrond Michel Boisrond ... Wiener
Robert Favart Robert Favart ... Le barman
Jean-Pierre Posier Jean-Pierre Posier ... Olivier Rey
Catherine Jourdan ... La jeune fille du vestiaire
Roger Fradet Roger Fradet ... 1er inspecteur
Carlo Nell Carlo Nell ... 2ème inspecteur
Robert Rondo Robert Rondo ... 3ème inspecteur
André Salgues André Salgues ... Le garagiste
André Thorent André Thorent ... Policier - chauffeur de taxi
Jacques Deschamps Jacques Deschamps ... Policier speaker
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Storyline

Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught. One night however, after killing a night-club owner, he's seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Taglines:

De kaldte ham Samoraien - den ensomme morder See more »


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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 October 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Godson See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,481, 2 March 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,481, 2 March 1997
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The start of the film is completely dialog-free for almost ten minutes. The first word, "Jef?" spoken by Jane Lagrange (Nathalie Delon), comes at the 9:58 mark. See more »

Goofs

When rounding up suspects the inspector refers to the population as 10 million. The 1968 population of Paris city proper was only 2.6 million. The population of the urban area was only 8.2 million. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Costello: Why say you did not recognize me?
Valérie: Why kill Marty?
Jeff Costello: I was to be paid.
Valérie: What had he done to you?
Jeff Costello: Not a thing. I didn't know him. I met him for the first and last time 24 hours ago.
[pause]
Valérie: What sort of man are you?
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Crazy Credits

"There is no solitude greater than a samurai's, unless perhaps it is that of a tiger in the jungle." - The Book of Bushido. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Jef Et Jeanne
Written and Performed by François de Roubaix Et Orchestre
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Exceptional French noir film with an incomparable Alain Delon as cold murderous
24 September 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film begins with a preface:'Il n'y' a pas plus profound solitude que Celelle samurai Si Ce Nést Celle Dún Tigre Dans la jungle..Peut-etre..'Le Bushido. Samurai's solitude is only comparable a tiger into jungle. Jef Costello(Alain Delon as excellent anti-hero) is a cold professional killer , he establishes an alibi with the help his lady-lover(Nathalie Delon) and unexpectedly in an act of almost unknown compassion by a club's piano player(Rosier). Meanwhile, he's double-crossed and an obstinate police inspector(Francois Perier) track him down. The precise murderer is pursued throughout the Paris'underground.Then the doomed Costello becomes into avenging angel of death looking for vengeance.

This is the best of Melville's thrillers with Alain Delon magnificent as the expressionless murderous. Delon has striven in vain to repeat success in numerous subsequent movies at the same genre , such as another known actors, Lino Ventura , Jean Paul Belmondo and generally directed by Henri Verneuil, Jose Giovanni and Jacques Deray. The movie packs a splendid cinematography by Henri Decae, the photography glitters as metallic and cold as a gun barrel. The picture is perfectly directed by Jean Pierre Melville in a memorable work. Later beginnings as a post-war forerunner of the 'Nouvelle vague'left his style in several different ways as a purveyor of a certain kind of noir movie, creating his own company and a tiny studio. Although retaining its essential French touch and developing a style closer to the world of the American film noir of the 1940s than any of their other such forays. Studio-character about personages damned to inevitable tragedies, powerful finale, stylized set pieces heightens the suspense and tension have place in all Melville's film-making. His movies and singular talent are very copied and much-admired by contemporary directors, specially the 'Polar' or noir French cinema, such as, 'Second breath' 'The red circle', 'Dirty money' and of course 'Le samurai'.


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