Against a background of the Algerian War of the 1960s, Thomas (Alain Delon who also co-produced) plays a deserter from the French Foreign Legion who is on the run from the authorities. He helps to set free Dominique (Lea Massari), who has been taken hostage by a group of terrorists. Thomas is wounded but manages to escape after killing the guard who inflicted the injury. Dominique gives Thomas money to escape to France after he secures her freedom, but he is caught between the Foreign Legion and the terrorists seeking revenge. Director Alain Cavalier drew inspiration from the events that befell the lawyer Mireille Szatan-Glaymann, a member of the Communist party who, in contrast to the party line, had defended several Algerian FLN militants and was subsequently kidnapped and held hostage by the OAS. Restored original version. 


Cast Alain Delon, Lea Massari, Georges Géret, Maurice Garel, Guy Laroche 

Director Alain Cavalier | 1964 | France |  114 mins

UK distributor Park Circus

An emotionally rich and politically complex film noir set during the French Algeria war – Independent Cinema Office


London Ciné Lumière | Thursday 8th November 16:00

Glasgow Film Theatre | Friday 9th November 15:00

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