Le samouraï
Le samouraï (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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DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
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Consensus: Le Samouraï makes the most of its spare aesthetic, using stylish -- and influential -- direction, solid performances, and thick atmosphere to weave an absorbing story.

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.

Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

Alain Delon is the coolest killer hit the screen, a film noir loner for the modern era, in Jean-Pierre Melville's austere 1967 French crime classic.

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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.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Melville's discipline in establishing patterns pays off handsomely when he breaks them. [Full review in Portuguese.]

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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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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

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

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Carlos Magalhães
What is so absorbing in this highly influential crime drama is how the methodical actions of its characters (most especially Delon's magnetic protagonist)… 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
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