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Le Samouraï Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Long considered a classic of European film noir, this existential gangster drama from French director Jean-Pierre Melville was released in the United States only in a severely truncated, re-edited, and overdubbed version entitled The Godson. Thirty years after its initial public airing, Le Samourai (1967) finally saw a limited American release in its intended form. Alain Delon stars as Jef Costello, a professional Parisian assassin-for-hire who, by nature of his work's solitary demands, has no friends. Although he is loved by Jane Lagrange (Natalie Delon, the star's real-life wife), Costello knows that Jane already has a lover. After he successfully wipes out a nightclub owner at the behest of his boss, Costello discovers that he was seen by the club's pianist, Valerie (Cathy Rosier). Although he survives a police lineup thanks to a lie offered up by the fearless Valerie, Costello's alibi disintegrates rapidly and his shadowy employer takes out a contract on him. As he seeks revenge on his betrayer, Costello must also stay one step ahead of a wily, determined superintendent (Francois Perier). Melville's film influenced several other filmmakers and projects, most notably director John Woo's John Woo (1989). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:July 12, 1972

Cast

Alain Delon
as Jeff Costello
Natalie Delon
as Jan Lagrange
Cathy Rosier
as Valerie
François Perier
as The Inspector
Michel Boisrond
as Wiener
Robert Favart
as Barman
Catherine Jourdan
as Hat-Check Girl
Roger Fradet
as 1st inspector
Carlo Nell
as 2nd inspector
Robert Rondo
as 3d inspector
André Thorent
as Policeman
Georges Casati
as Damolini
Jacques Deschamps
as Police Clerk
Robert Rondo
as 3d inspector
Carlo Nell
as 2nd inspector
Georges Casati
as Damolini
Roger Fradet
as 1st inspector
André Thorent
as Policeman
Robert Favart
as Barman
Catherine Jourdan
as Hat-Check Girl

Crew

Jean-Pierre Melville
Director
Eugene Lepicier
Producer
Jean-Pierre Melville
Screenwriter
Henri Decaë
Cinematographer
Jean Charvein
Cinematographer
Monique Bonnot
Editor
Yolande Maurette
Editor
Georges Casati
Production Manager
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