Band of Outsiders (Bande à part)
Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964)

In the dreary Parisian suburb of Joinville, Brasseur and Frey ("Belmondo's suburban cousins" - Godard) take turns romancing English language student Karina, then light up when she mentions the big pile of cash stashed at her… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 15, 1964
DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
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96%
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91%


Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Behind its substantial charm and light touch is a movie that's more morbid, alienated, and personal than it lets on.

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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

As charming as seasoned film buffs remember and as refreshing as initiates expect.

Matt Prigge
Metro

The Godard movie you use to turn people into Godard-heads, 'Band of Outsiders' wasn't, as it were, always liked.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1964 feature remains one of Godard's most appealing and underrated films, relatively relaxed and strangely optimistic.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Delivers one clever idea atop another.

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Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine

Godard, the cocky provocateur, breaks every rule of filmmaking he can muster...[it's] a rejection of traditions--all of 'em, de qualité or otherwise--and an embrace of the new.

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Time Out

One of Godard's most open and enjoyable films.

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Pauline Kael
The New Republic

It's as if a French poet took an ordinary banal American crime novel and told it to us in terms of the romance and beauty he read between the lines.

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Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

Besides being a stirring portrait of a youth culture in crisis, the film is very charming and accessible - especially for anyone that's experienced teen alienation...at once a snapshot in time and a timeless piece of cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Two young would be criminals obsessed with old Hollywood B-movies compete for the affections of the same woman, and also try to get her to help them commit a… More
danny d
godards cool and sleek robbery film is a unique addition to the genre. its hard to call this a heist film since the actual robbery is poorly planned and takes… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Band Of Outsiders is an influential French New Wave classic by Jean-Luc Godard that features a relaxed and youthful band of three scheming an inside robbery.… More
Tim Sigur
I liked the style of the film, but it didn't blow me away. It's a fairly simple story and I liked the narrator aspect making it feel like a novel.… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"A few clues for latecomers: Several weeks ago... A pile of money... An English class... A house by the river... A romantic young… More
Michael Gildea
Worth it alone for the dance scene. A fun movie.