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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:
... Jef Costello
... Le Commissaire
... Jane Lagrange
Cathy Rosier ... La pianiste (as Caty Rosier)
Jacques Leroy ... L'homme de la passerelle
Michel Boisrond ... Wiener
Robert Favart ... Le barman
Jean-Pierre Posier ... Olivier Rey
Catherine Jourdan ... La jeune fille du vestiaire
Roger Fradet ... 1er inspecteur
Carlo Nell ... 2ème inspecteur
Robert Rondo ... 3ème inspecteur
André Salgues ... Le garagiste
André Thorent ... Policier - chauffeur de taxi
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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25 October 1967 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Le Samourai  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. 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

[pulls a gun on her, she just looks disappointed]
Valérie: Why Jeff?
Jeff Costello: I've been paid to.
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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 Flic Story (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Jef Et Jeanne
Written and Performed by François de Roubaix Et Orchestre
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Should have been silent
27 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

Amazing camera work can only go so far...

This is not a great film, one gets the feeling that Jean-Pierre Melville's incredible insight and flawless direction goes somewhat to waste on this one.

The scarce dialogue is so dim that the main feeling is that it just gets in the way, and only achieves to point out a quite dull script.

One thing is mystery and another is countless minutes of Alain Delon climbings stairs, walking, unblinking...

Interesting, entertaining film to watch, just doesn't really get to you.


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