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Lacombe, Lucien

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Lacombe, Lucien
Lacombe Lucien Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Louis Malle
Release Date 1974
Language French
Studio Nouvelles Editions de Films
Paramount Pictures
Vides Cinematografica
Distributor Cinema International Corporation
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lucien Lacombe Pierre Blaise
France Horn Aurore Clément
Albert Horn Holger Löwenadler
Bella Horn Therese Giehse
Jean-Bernard de Voisin Stéphane Bouy
Betty Beaulieu Loumi Iacobesco
Stéphane Faure René Bouloc
Henri Aubert Pierre Decazes

Lacombe, Lucien (original French title Lacombe Lucien, without a comma) is a 1974 French war drama directed by Louis Malle. The plot is set in France in 1944. Lucien Lacombe (Pierre Blaise), a 17-year-old boy living in a small town, tries to join the Resistance unit but is turned down on grounds of age. Upon returning to the town, Lucien accidentally betrayes the Resistance leader. As a result, he is recruited by the French Gestapo (Carlingue). Lucien enjoys his new power and position until he falls in love with a Jewish girl France Horn (Aurore Clément).

The movie won the BAFTA award in 1975.

The following weapons were used in the film Lacombe, Lucien:


Luger P08

The personnel of the French Gestapo, including Lucien Lacombe (Pierre Blaise), Henri Aubert (Pierre Decazes), Jean-Bernard de Voisin (Stéphane Bouy), Pierre Tonin (Jean Rougerie), and Hippolyte (Pierre Saintons), are mostly armed with Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Henri Aubert holds a Luger.
Another view of Aubert's pistol.
Aubert teaches Lucien to shoot the Luger. Several MP40 SMGs are seen at the background.
Lucien fires at a target.
Jean-Bernard de Voisin, pretending to be a Maquisard (French Resistance fighter) wounded in the leg, aims his Luger at the Professor Vaugeois.
A Luger is seen in hands of the head of the local French Gestapo Tonin who is wounded by the Maquisards.
A French Gestapo operative (Franz Rudnick) holds Aubert's Luger together with his own Vis wz. 35 (see below).
Hippolyte's pistol is seen on the floor.
A lobby card shows the scene that is seen on one of the screenshots above. The wounded Tonin (in center) holds his Luger while Aubert passes his own gun to the man at the right.

Walther P38

In one scene Henri Aubert (Pierre Decazes) holds a Walther P38 instead of his common Luger.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Aubert holds a P38 at the left when the French Gestapo personnel examine the place where de Voisin's car was attacked by the Resistance.

Mauser HSc

Lucien Lacombe (Pierre Blaise) carries a Mauser HSc throughout the movie. The pistol has black plastic grips so it's a late wartime production.

Mauser HSc with plastic grips - .32 ACP (7.65x17mm)
Lucien holds his pistol in the scene in the Professor Vaugeois' house.
Lucien rests in the chair with his pistol in hand.
Lucien examines his pistol.
Lucien holds his pistol in the scene in the tailor Albert Horn's room.
Lucien threatens the house owner Laborit (Jacques Rispal).
Lucien aims the pistol at a passerby whom he suspects of spying on him.
A close-up of the pistol.
Lucien holds the Mauser HSc in the scene in Albert Horn's room, depicted on a promotional image.
Lucien aims the pistol at a passerby on a promotional image.

Wz. 35 Vis

A French Gestapo operative (Franz Rudnick) carries a nickel plated Wz. 35 Vis pistol.

Wz. 35 Vis - 9x19mm
The nickel plated Vis is seen in hands of the French Gestapo operative at the far left.
Another view of the pistol.
The operative holds his Vis and Aubert's Luger.
The same scene is seen on a lobby card. The Vis is seen at the far left.


What appears to be a Ruby pistol is seen on the table in the local headquarters of the French Gestapo.

Gabilondo Ruby - .32 ACP
What appears to be a pistol of the vast Ruby family is seen on the table.

Unidentified pistols

Several more handguns are seen on the table. In addition to a pair of Luger P08 pistols and the aforementioned Ruby, there are a large unknown pistol (1), a disassembled pistol (2) and a holster-stock for Mauser C96 in leather cover (3). The barrel of the disassembled pistol is in hands of Henri Aubert. The shape of the grip and the rear part of the slide of this pistol bear resemblance with MAS M1935S but this is a very vague guess.

Lacombe Lucien-Pistols-2.jpg

Submachine Guns


Lucien Lacombe (Pierre Blaise), Hippolyte (Pierre Saintons), Miliciens (personnel of Milice, the paramilitary organization of the Vichy regime), and German soldiers use MP40 submachine guns in various scenes.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Four MP40s are seen (at the far right) in the local headquarters of the French Gestapo.
Hippolyte carries an MP40 in the scene in the Professor Vaugeois' house.
Lucien holds an MP40 during the operation against the Resistance unit. The grey parkerized surface is probably a result of post-war refinishing. MP40s are also seen in hands of Hippolyte and a Milicien at the background.
A view of Lucien's MP40 from another side.
Lucien picks up Hyppolite's MP40 while holding his own submachine gun.
Hyppolite holds an MP40 in the headquarters building.
German soldiers carry MP40s.
Lucien carries an MP40 when he helps France Horn to escape.
A disassembled MP40 is seen on the table.
Lucien carries an MP40 on a lobby card.

Sten Mk II

Several Maquisards are armed with Sten submachine guns during the night attack on the local headquarters of the French Gestapo. The Stens are seen unclear due to the darkness, but Mk II seems to be the best guess.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
A Resistance fighter on the stairs holds a Sten.
Two men with Stens break into the building.
A man at the background fires his Sten.
Another view of the same scene.
Lacombe Lucien-Sten-a.jpg
Lucien Lacombe (Pierre Blaise) holds a Sten on promotional images. He doesn't hold this gun in the movie. Possibly these images are from a deleted scene that depicts Lucien's attempt to join the Resistance.
A German promotional image shows the Resistance fighters with Stens and MP40s.


Mauser Gewehr 1898

German soldiers and Miliciens are armed with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles. Many if not all of these rifles have tangent-leaf sights rather than Lange-Visier sights, so they can be identified as post-WWI G98M rework model.

Mauser Gewehr 1898M - 7.92x57mm Mauser
German soldiers carry Mauser rifles on slings. They are too long for Kar 98k and are supposed to be Gewehr 98 or some similar full-length model.
Miliciens hold Mauser Gewehr 1898M rifles. The flat tangent-leaf sight can be seen on the rifle in center.
A Milicien holds a Mauser rifle.
A close, although blurry view of a G98M rifle.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Lucien Lacombe (Pierre Blaise) holds a Double Barreled Shotgun during the rabbit hunt.

For reference: French-Belgian Brichet Nantes side by side shotgun - 16 gauge
Lacombe Lucien-Shotgun-1.jpg
Lucien cleans the shotgun prior the hunt.
He opens the shotgun and examines the barrels.
A close-up of the shotgun.
Lucien with the shotgun.
Lucien reloads the shotgun.
Lucien holds the shotgun on a promotional image.
Lucien aims the shotgun on a promotional image.

Gras Shotgun

Lucien Lacombe (Pierre Blaise) holds a hunting gun on a promotional image. While the breech isn't seen, this gun may be identified as a Gras Model 1874 rifle converted into a hunting shotgun. Such gun isn't used in the movie.

A Gras 1874 rifle converted into a 12 Gauge shotgun. Manufactured in Belgium.
Lucien holds a hunting gun on a promotional image.

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