Le Samouraï (The Godson)
Le Samouraï (The Godson) (1967)

Living the sterile life necessary for a hitman, Alain Delon portrays an assassin's last assignment, which leaves him under the surveillance of the police. Learning that his boss now has him marked for death, he must now try to take him… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 25, 2005
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Penelope Gilliatt
New Yorker

Cold, masterly, without pathos, and not even particularly sympathetic; it has the noble structure of accuracy.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

[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.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

an enjoyably stylish entry in the French crime film tradition, but a decidedly minor one

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Delon's inscrutable presence adds to an unnerving atmosphere of anticipation. You feel that something bad could come crashing into the frame at any second. And you would be right.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Le samourai expresses a kind of loneliness to be sure, but it's that of a teenage male dreaming about Hollywood movies and their accoutrements -- penthouse apartments, acerbic cops, melancholy city streets, smoky card games, fancy jazz nightclubs.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A major work from a highly influential director -- Walter Hill and John Woo have both taken a lesson or two -- yet one whose films have been, until now, inexplicably neglected in the U.S.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Melville's film had a major influence in Hollywood.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the pleasures of Le Samourai is to realize how complicated the plot has grown, in its flat, deadpan way.

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Achieves an atmosphere of mesmerizing, otherworldly beauty and grace.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
A flawless stroke of filmmaking, Le Samourai is a superbly crafted picture that is captivating from the first frame, and doesn't let up. What stand out… More
Veronique Kwak
one attribute from french new wave cinema is its bona-fide homage to american film noir during the forties meanwhile rejoices its burgeoning postmodernity… More
Mark Walker
When a film is revered as a classic of world cinema by viewers and critics alike, it's only so long before you have to check it out for yourself. In the… More
Reid Volk
At his core, Melville seems to have a real passion for ice-cool crime thrillers. While Army of Shadows showcases his ability to craft really insightful pieces… More
Stefanie C
Welcome to Melville's universe - a noirish dreamscape, an amoral underbelly, inversion reigns as honor is amidst the criminal element. Dialogue is… More
Aditya Gokhale
The film opens with a long shot of a small apartment and the background noise consists of the continuous tweeting of a bird. A man is lying on the bed, smoking… More

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