Le Samouraï



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 samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.

  1. Jean-Pierre Melville

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Joan McLeod


  3. Georges Pellegrin


Top Billed Cast

  1. Alain Delon

    Alain Delon

    Jef Costello

  2. François Périer

    François Périer


  3. Nathalie Delon

    Nathalie Delon

    Jane Lagrange

  4. Cathy Rosier

    Cathy Rosier

    Valerie, die Pianistin

  5. Catherine Jourdan

    Catherine Jourdan

    La jeune fille du vestiaire

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Le Samouraï
Le Samouraï



Status Released

Release Information

  • July 12, 1972


  • March 1, 1997


Original Language French

Runtime 1h 45m

Budget -

Revenue $39,481.00



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