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Le Samouraï

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Le Samouraï
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
Release Date 1967
Language French
Studio Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale Cinématographique (CICC)
Fida Cinematografica
Distributor Artists International
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jef Costello Alain Delon
The Commissioner François Périer
Jane Lagrange Nathalie Delon
Valérie Cathy Rosier

Le Samouraï is a cult 1967 neo-noir film by French master of the genre Jean-Pierre Melville. The film was released in the United States as The Godson (to capitalize on the success of the recently-released The Godfather), though the original title was rarely translated in English because it is an understandable title even when not translated. This film established a new neo-noir movement separate from classic film noir and inspired many films in one way or another.

John Woo's The Killer and Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai were inspired by this film, though also they are considered genre classics in their own right.

The film stars Alain Delon as Jef Costello, a meditative, methodical assassin, whose principles cause him to behave as a medieval samurai. He is double-crossed by the police and mafia as well as trying to understand why a witness to one of his assassinations, pianist girl Valérie (Cathy Rosier), helped him by pretending to not recognize him when interviewed by the police.


The following weapons were used in the film Le Samouraï:

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Jef Costello (Alain Delon) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 10 during hits, provided to him by the garage keeper (André Salgues), who also changes number plates on Citroen DS cars stolen by Jef using a huge ring of keys. We see such a scene two times in the movie and it's hinted that it's become a routine for both. Two different revolvers are used by Costello throughout the film.

The first revolver is used by Jef to kill "Martey's" bar owner Martey (uncredited). He shoots him three times and then tosses the revolver, after also using it to defend himself when the Blonde Gunman (Jacques Leroy) tries to kill him on a bridge.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special
Jef examines his revolver after receiving it from the garage keeper.
Jef (in stylish white gloves) aims his revolver at Marty.
Jef fires his revolver at Marty.

The second revolver given to Jef by the garage keeper (who tells him that it's their last one) differs slightly (different sight) and is used to kill a mysterious gangster named Olivier Rey (Jean-Pierre Posier), who's behind the previous assassinations. Jef, as usual, fires at Rey three times. This revolver also plays significant role in the ending.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special. Features a different sight than the one in the movie.
Jef aims his revolver at Rey.
Jef fires his revolver at Olivier Rey, who was about to kill him with his own revolver.
Jef examines his revolver in the car before his last visit in "Marty's".
Close-up of the cartridges.
Jef dies, holding his revolver next to his heart.
The Commissioner (François Périer) picks up Costello's weapon and shows it to Valerie.
The Commissioner opens the revolver...
...revealing that there was no reason to actually shoot Jef, and it was more like honorable samurai suicide than an assassination attempt.


The Blonde Gunman's weapon of choice is an original M1911. He aims it at Jef in the iconic scene while talking about Jef's next job. It is likely the pistol used to wound Jef's arm during the bridge shootout. Jef disarms the gunman and aims it at him to find out the identity of Olivier Rey and his home address.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
The Blonde Gunman aims his M1911 at Jef.
The Blonde Gunman aims his M1911 at Jef. You can clearly see many details of the gun in this shot.
The Blonde Gunman aims his M1911 on Jef, who's sitting like nothing's happened. Iconic shot.
An even more iconic shot, used in American VHS cover art.
Jef threatens the Blonde Gunman with his own M1911.

Arminius HW-1

Olivier Rey's (Jean-Pierre Posier) revolver appears to be an Arminius HW-1.

Arminius HW-1 starter revolver
Olivier Rey aims his revolver at Jef. This is the clearest shot of it.

Snub Nosed Revolvers

There are many snub noses revolvers in this movie, notably used by Martey, Olivier Rey, and the police inspectors. All of these guns are out-of-focus, or there's other circumstances (such as typical-for-noir minimalist lighting), which makes them difficult to recognize.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Round Butt - .38 Special
Marty aims his revolver at Jef.
One of the police inspectors aims his revolver at Jef, after firing it.
Another police inspector fires his revolver at Jef...
...and continues aiming it.
Third inspector fires his revolver thus making three people in the movie killed by three shots each.

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