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In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean‑Pierre Melville, Le sa...

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Directed by

Jean-Pierre Melville

Written by

Jean-Pierre Melville (Screenplay)
Georges Pellegrin (Screenplay)
Joan McLeod (Novel)

Runtime

105 minutes

Country

Italy, France

Language

French

Tagline

His only friend was his gun!

Cast

Keywords

paris france hitman police garage film noir hearing jazz bar french noir canary danger professional assassin very little dialogue stakeout jazz club treason last job silent protagonist

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Lists

#204 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#183 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

#114 on 500 Essential Cult Movies Jennifer Eiss

#39 on The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema Empire