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Scoumoune (1972)

La scoumoune (original title)
For more than 15 years, two Marseille friends and criminals battle the law, rival gangs, prison authorities and even mined beaches in order to survive.

Director:

José Giovanni

Writers:

José Giovanni (novel), José Giovanni (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Roberto Borgo
Claudia Cardinale ... Georgia Saratov
Michel Constantin ... Xavier Saratov
Enrique Lucero ... Le Mexicain / Migli
Alain Mottet Alain Mottet ... Ficelle
Michel Peyrelon Michel Peyrelon ... L'élégant
Philippe Brizard Philippe Brizard ... Fanfan
Marie-Claude Mestral Marie-Claude Mestral ... Une prostituée
Aldo Bufi Landi Aldo Bufi Landi ... Jeannot Villanova
Luciano Catenacci Luciano Catenacci ... (as Luciano Lorcas)
Lucie Arnold Lucie Arnold ... La chanteuse (as Luci Arnold)
Albert Augier Albert Augier
Bruno Balp Bruno Balp ... L'inspecteur à la morgue
Paul Beauvais Paul Beauvais
Gabriel Briand Gabriel Briand ... Un bagnard
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Storyline

Episodic portrait of a criminal, from 1934 until after the war. Roberto Borgo is tough, cool, sardonic, loyal, and deadly. He comes to Marseilles to help his friend Xavier Saratov get out of jail, first killing a local brothel and casino boss to take over the businesses, and, with the help of Xavier's sister, Georgia, amass money for Xavier's defense. Xavier loses in court, so Roberto gets himself thrown in prison to be with his friend. Escape proves futile, but they are pardoned in exchange for working as sappers. After the war, Xavier is a bitter cripple, but Roberto remains detached, extorting ownership of a casino, which puts his friends at risk. Does he care? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scoumoune See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lira Films,Praesidens See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

16th highest grossing movie of its year in France. See more »

Goofs

During the riot - because of the rotten food - in jail, Fanfan sits at the right of Xavier Saratov. He is not supposed to be here yet, since Borgo will welcome him few scenes later. See more »

Connections

Version of A Man Named Rocca (1961) See more »

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Avant Guerre
Written and Performed by François de Roubaix Et Orchestre
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Exceptional!
1 August 2017 | by rodrig58See all my reviews

There is much to say about this movie. But who has time to read reviews nowadays? First of all, Jose Giovanni, director and screenwriter, is an expert of the genre, he himself was a convict. There, in prison, he wrote some novels, which were then screened. This is one of them. The distribution is of great caliber: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michel Constantin and Claudia Cardinale, three sacred monsters, all three gorgeous. All the other actors are natural and credible. Among them, a very young and very supple Gerard Depardieu. Francois de Roubaix's music is high-class, as usual. This is how to write a review, short and on the subject, not retell the action of the movie, as many are doing...


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