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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
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Le Commissaire
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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
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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
Georges Casati ...
Damolini
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

Directed by

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Jean-Pierre Melville

Written by

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

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

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François de Roubaix

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Henri Decaë ... (as Henri Decae)

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

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

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

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

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Georges Casati ... production manager

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Georges Pellegrin ... assistant director

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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

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

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

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Robert Beaulieu ... furrier
Betty Elvira ... script girl
Jean Pieuchot ... general manager
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Things suddenly go badly for a successful French assassin See more »
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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 Samourai, 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 The streets change from bone dry to soaking wet and raining when Jef flees from the female undercover cop in the Paris Metro. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #10.3 (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Le Samouraï See more »
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 »
Quotes [hitman enters the room of the bar owner]
Bar Owner: Who are you?
Jeff Costello: Doesn't matter.
Bar Owner: What do you want?
Jeff Costello: To kill you.
[shoots him]
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