Neo-realism meets Film Noir, as on-the-run tough guy Lino Ventura returns after 10 years to France, where he’s been sentenced to death in absentia, then bonds with New Wave wunderkind Jean-Paul Belmondo. A penetrating study of the underworld gangster at the end of his rope, drawn from screenwriter José Giovanni’s first-hand knowledge of the post-war French underworld.
"POWERFUL AND TIMELESS!"
– John Woo
“THE GREATEST OF ALL FRENCH GANGSTER MOVIES."
– John Patterson, The Guardian
“A MASTERPIECE OF THE FRENCH GANGSTER GENRE… a tough and touching exploration of honor and friendship among thieves.”
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times
DIRECTED BY CLAUDE SAUTET
FRANCE | 1960 | FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A RIALTO PICTURES RELEASE