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Le Samouraï makes the most of its spare aesthetic, using stylish -- and influential -- direction, solid performances, and thick atmosphere to weave an absorbing story. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

Hit man Jef Costello (Alain Delon) goes through an elaborate set of rituals before carrying out a hit on a nightclub owner. Always thorough and cool in his job, Costello is disconcerted to discover a witness to the killing, the club's female piano player. But before he can act, the police arrest him in a sweep of suspects. Released when the main witness does not come forward, Costello goes from being the hunter to the hunted, trailed by the determined police as well as his crime bosses.

Cast & Crew

Alain Delon
Jef Costello
Nathalie Delon
Jane Lagrange
François Périer
The Superintendant
Cathy Rosier
Valérie, la pianiste (as Caty Rosier)
Andre Salgues
Garage keeper
François de Roubaix
Original Music
Henri Decaë
Cinematographer
Yolande Maurette
Writer
François de Lamothe
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Critic Reviews for The Godson

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (31)

  • An austere poem of crime, Le Samourai manages to have a grip of an old-fashioned potboiler as well. Not a half-bad combination.

    January 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Cold, masterly, without pathos, and not even particularly sympathetic; it has the noble structure of accuracy.

    January 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Melville's film had a major influence in Hollywood.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Achieves an atmosphere of mesmerizing, otherworldly beauty and grace.

    October 24, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • [Melville's] style remains haunting and elegantly spare, just right for the kind of hit man who lives in silence, in bare and colorless surroundings, with a lonely caged bird.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Melville is much more interested in procedures than action. The film is so stripped down that we learn as much as we need to know about Jef in the film's first 15 minutes.

    January 1, 2000

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