Le Samouraï ()

Le samouraï (original title)
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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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Jef Costello
Le Commissaire
Jane Lagrange
Cathy Rosier ...
La pianiste (as Caty Rosier)
Jacques Leroy ...
L'homme de la passerelle
Michel Boisrond ...
Robert Favart ...
Le barman
Jean-Pierre Posier ...
Olivier Rey
La jeune fille du vestiaire
Roger Fradet ...
1er inspecteur
Carlo Nell ...
2ème inspecteur
Robert Rondo ...
3ème inspecteur
André Salgues ...
Le garagiste
Policier - chauffeur de taxi
Jacques Deschamps ...
Policier speaker
Georges Casati ...
Jacques Léonard ...
Garcia (as Jack Léonard)
Pierre Vaudier ...
1er Policier de la visite nocturne
Maurice Magalon ...
2ème Policier de la visite nocturne
Gaston Meunier ...
Maître d'hôtel
Jean Gold ...
1er client Night-Club
Georges Billy ...
2ème client Night-Club
Ari Aricardi ...
Un joueur de poker
Guy Bonnafoux ...
Un joueur de poker (as Bonnafoux)
Humberto Catalano ...
Un inspecteur (as Catalano)
Carl Lechner ...
Sosie Jef
Maria Maneva ...
La jeune fille au chewing-gum
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Auzel ...
Un homme menotte au commissariat (uncredited)

Directed by

Jean-Pierre Melville

Written by

Joan McLeod ... (novel "The Ronin") (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Melville ... ()
Georges Pellegrin ... ()

Produced by

Raymond Borderie ... producer
Eugène Lépicier ... producer

Music by

François de Roubaix

Cinematography by

Henri Decaë ... (as Henri Decae)

Film Editing by

Monique Bonnot
Yolande Maurette ... (as Yo Maurette)

Editorial Department

Geneviève Adam ... assistant editor
Madeleine Bagiau ... assistant editor
Madeleine Guérin ... assistant editor
Geneviève Letellier ... assistant editor

Production Design by

François de Lamothe ... (as François De Lamothe)

Set Decoration by

François de Lamothe ... (as François De Lamothe)

Production Management

Georges Casati ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Georges Pellegrin ... assistant director

Art Department

André Boumedil ... property master
Robert Christidès ... set dresser (as Robert Christides)
Théobald Meurisse ... assistant set decorator (as Theobald Meurisse)
Angelo Rizzi ... props
Philippe Turlure ... assistant set decorator

Sound Department

Pierre Davoust ... assistant sound
René Longuet ... sound engineer
Robert Pouret ... sound editor
Alex Pront ... sound director

Camera and Electrical Department

Jean Charvein ... camera operator: studio
Jean-Paul Cornu ... second assistant camera
Henri Decaë ... camera operator: locations (as Henri Decae)
François Lauliac ... first assistant camera

Script and Continuity Department

Betty Elvira ... script girl

Additional Crew

Robert Beaulieu ... furrier
Jean Pieuchot ... general manager
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

In Paris, Jef Costello is a lonely hit man who works under contract. He is hired to kill the owner of a club and becomes the prime suspect of the murder. However, his perfect alibi drops the accusation against him. His girlfriend Jane, her client and citizen above any suspicion Wiener and Valerie, the pianist of the club and main witness of the crime, provide the necessary evidence of his innocence supporting his alibi. Free, he is betrayed and chased by the gangsters sent by the one who hired him and also by the police, not convinced of his innocence. Jef seeks out who has hired him to revenge. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Frank Costello faccia d'angelo (Italy)
  • The Samourai (Ireland, English title)
  • Le Samouraï (World-wide, English title)
  • The Samurai (World-wide, English title)
  • Le Samouraï (United States)
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  • 105 min
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Trivia When Jean-Pierre Melville brought a copy of the script to Alain Delon, Delon asked him what the title was. When he was told the title was "Le samouraï", Delon had Melville follow him to his bedroom, where there was only a leather couch and a samurai blade hanging on the wall. See more »
Goofs When Jef confronts one of his bosses at 1:38 into the film, there is a continuity gap as Jef takes his gloved hands out of his raincoat. As the boss turns to face Jef holding a gun, the cut to Jef has him aiming and shooting a revolver, which was not in his hand when he removed it from his raincoat. Both hands were clearly empty when he removed them in an earlier take. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #10.3 (1997). See more »
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Crazy Credits The movie's Opening Credits include an epigraph: " "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 »
Quotes [hitman enters the room of the bar owner]
Martey, Nightclub Owner: Who are you?
Jeff Costello: Doesn't matter.
Martey, Nightclub Owner: What do you want?
Jeff Costello: To kill you.
[shoots him]
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